My Experience With Lowe’s Gutter Installation

**I was not compensated for this post nor did I receive free installation/products. I just wanted to share my experience and opinion.**
gutters

We all know that good gutters is your home’s best defense against harsh elements. Unfortunately, gutters warp and bend as they age. Along with it, so do the hangers and other hardware that was used to install them. This can cause the gutters to pull away from you home and lets water fall uncontrolled. This was the situation with my gutters. Every time it rained, there was a downpour of water right above my patio door.  Before my home suffered any water damage, I needed to take care of this issue. Prior to contacting gutter companies, I did a lot of research on gutter materials, sizes, installation, cost, etc. For a minute I even looked into DIY gutter installation. I figured I’d need more than two hands to do this. Once I was a little better informed, I contacted the first company: Lowe’s.

After filling out an online form, a Lowe’s employee called to set up a free home consultation. Three days later, one of their project specialists came to my home to take measurements and inspect the current gutter situation. He was friendly and knowledgeable. He informed me that I have 97 linear feet of gutters and that 24 linear feet of fascia wood would need to be replaced due to wood rot. That was the area above the patio door that was pulling away. The gutters above my garage were also bend and started to pull away.

Lowe’s offers 5″ and 6″ gutters. My old gutters were 5″ so I stuck with the same size. This also allowed me to keep my four existing downspouts which were in great shape. Keeping the downspouts  saved me over $200. The total cost for 97 linear feet  5″ seamless gutter installation came to $1,078 after tax. This included all materials, labor, and hauling away of job related debris.  He left me with the written quote and encouraged me to call him with any further questions. I appreciated the fact that he wasn’t pushy – which wasn’t the case with Home Depot.

While I have nothing against Home Depot ( I shop there all the time), their guy was very pushy. In addition to quoting nearly $400 more for the same job, materials, etc., the guy  tried to talk me into getting  a Home Depot credit card, which I politely declined.

The third company was a local roofing company.  Their quote was around $100 less than Home Depot’s. The problem with them was that they couldn’t commit to starting the work for at least  another month or two. The concern I have with local companies (some at least)  is that today “they’re in business”, next week they can be “gone”. I don’t mean to insult anyone but I had seen it happen before. Six months after a local company did work on my AC unit, their phone number was disconnected. At least with big box stores labor is guaranteed for a year and the store “isn’t going anywhere”.

Gutters

After doing my research and meeting with three companies, I decided to go with Lowe’s. Two weeks after meeting with the Lowe’s guy, two independent contractors (hired by Lowe’s) came out to do the work. The installation was smooth (about 4 hours) and I’m happy with the results. Since then we have had major rain storms, ice and snow. Every so often, I walk around the property to inspect the gutters. Everything looks fine – no sagging, no pulling, no leaks or holes.

Gutters

Gutters

Have you ever hired a big-box store to do installation at your home? If so, what was your experience?

22 thoughts on “My Experience With Lowe’s Gutter Installation

  1. Thanks for the great article !!! Being so recent (2018) is a great ballpark comparison and my 108 linear feet of needed gutters, are coming out way too expensive from the people I was able to get to come by.
    And speaking of, I am having a hard time with all the independent contractors i called (5 so far) , even those well referred are either backlogged or bailing out.. I guess no one wants my money on this easy job.
    Gonna call Lowes or Homedepot (yeah, online form) to get them moving.
    I will come back here when I get my gutters done for an “up to date” ballpark for others, because, yeah, that’s what we all look for and care about during research – at this point we are not interested in “oh so nice stuff” – we just want the thing done !!!
    Thanks again.

    1. Alex, I’m very happy with my gutters. Since the installation, we’ve had some serious storms and the gutters are doing a fine job of keeping the water away from the house. Good luck with your installation. I’d love to hear how it turns out. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  2. My name is Jay and I own a gutter installation business, I read the full article and my conclusion, I feel that the consumer paid way too much for his gutter installation .97 linear foot of gutter should only be about $6 a linear foot which would make your job about $600 the problem with dealing with Lowe’s and Home Depot is they tack 30 to 40% on top of the total number from the subcontractor. Remember they are hiring,the same small company that you are calling out of the phone book or of off Google .I read many of Lowe’s reviews and don’t feel they are that good, dealing with a big box store is not as great as you think. There is 97 linear foot of gutter that means I only pay $1 a foot for the gutter coil so with that said there’s no more than $120 with accessories installed on that job, think of the profit margin that Lowe’s made.

    1. Jay, I did have a local company come out. Their quote was higher than Lowe’s. I’m aware that the material for this job is fairly cheap. The bulk of the money goes to labor. It’s been over a year since Lowe’s installed the gutters… so far so good.

      1. I don’t see how you could have gotten a higher quote from a private contractor, again I reiterate Lowe’s is tacking 30 to 40% on top of a small subcontractors companies price . . . That’s what they have to do in order to make money .Lowe’s does not do gutters in house ,they are a hardware store that subcontract to small contractors. maybe next time you should get more than 2 quotes

      2. Sabines
        97 linear foot, with two downspouts on a one-story house would take me and my company 2 hours to do. The cost of labor on that job is $150.00. So if you do the math on a $600 job subtract the 250 for labor and material, that leaves me with a prophet of $350.00 with only two hours of work .If I have 3 of those jobs in one day $1050.00

    2. Are you in the Orange County NY area. I’m in desperate need of some gutter services. Unfortunately can’t seem to find a local roofer that also does seamless gutters.

  3. Sabines, your report of your experience with your gutter installation was excellent. I am under the same situation, needing a gutter installation, have received multiple quotes (like you did), and feeling unsure if a company would be around next week after the installation is completed. Although I am in Texas, I received a quote from Home Depot for $3,113, and an independent installation quoted $1,500 so I am confused. I need 6″ alum gutters, 270 ft, 5 downspouts and replace 21 ft of fascia. Costs vs Peace of Mind is my confusion.

    Those other comments about what you should have done and what their “profit” would be is not constructive and helpful. Your experience was helpful to me.

    Thank you.

    1. Wow, big difference in price. Personally, I would go with the independent company as long as they have great reviews and have been around a long time. Have you tried Lowe’s?

      1. Lowes is coming out today for a quote. Had a few independents come by, $950 was the lowest, but they do not have an office to refer back to, just a phone. I buy based on reviews and past history so we will see. I will see what Lowes says today.

    2. Here is the update. I had a few “others” come out, independent and Lowes, to give me a quote. The independents gave a quote for about 150 linear ft of alum seamless gutters which was about $1,500, but I had to replace the fascia first. Sounded better, but why the difference in linear ft amount from independents (150-170 ft) and Home Depot (270 ft)?

      Well, had Lowes come out, they quoted replacement of fascia and 150 linear ft alum seamless gutters for $2,000. Showed me where everything would go and felt very good about the whole process. I signed them up and am waiting for the fascia to come in so I can paint it, I want to save some cost by painting myself.

  4. I set a appointment up with Lowe’s for gutters . On the day of the INSTALLATION,,, after taking off from work . I got a call from Lowe’s concerning the insulation . Seems someone called in sick and they didn’t have another installer to send . POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE!

Leave a Reply