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My Experience With Lowe’s Gutter Installation

  • January 23, 2018
  • By Sabine
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.**

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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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

If you’re interested, here’s my experience with Lowe’s window installation.

By Sabine, January 23, 2018
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  • melodys100
    January 23, 2018

    Glad you finally got that fixed! CraZy that hitters are so expensive, you don’t even think about them until they’re broken and you have a huge leak all of a sudden.

  • Alex De Lara
    April 28, 2018

    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.

    • sabines
      April 29, 2018

      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.

  • Dawn
    August 21, 2018

    No gutter guards? Wonder how much that would raise the price.

    • sabines
      August 21, 2018

      Dawn, I didn’t want gutter guards. I don’t mind cleaning my gutters a couple of times a year.

  • Jay
    October 9, 2018

    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.

    • sabines
      October 10, 2018

      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.

      • Jay
        October 11, 2018

        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

      • Jay
        October 11, 2018

        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

        • Ron
          June 5, 2020

          I just got a quote from Leaf Filter and for 21’ of gutter and 26’ of down spout, they gave me a price of $4100! Talk about sticker shock. I will say after their guy demonstrated the fine points of their system, it appears to be a first rate product but cmon $4100 for 21 ft. Of gutter. Straight line piece, no corners to go around. Problem is I have no trees anywhere near my home so cleaning out a clogged gutter has never been an issue. Their system is well designed for dealing with those problems, it’s just overkill for what I need. After haggling with the sales rep, he took some off the price if I pay cash. Then if I agree to let them use pictures of my job in their advertising and post an add in my yard for 30 days, which I would do, the final price came down to around $2100. Still way way too much in my opinion.

          • Sabine
            June 6, 2020

            $4100? Dear God, that is a ripoff! Did you get any other estimates? I agree, even $2100 is too much.

        • joanne
          November 3, 2020

          your hired, come do my gutters please

    • Ann marie
      October 29, 2018

      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.

      • Ron
        June 6, 2020

        I’m going Monday to Lowe’s. From what I see, many people are happy with them!

  • Ben B.
    October 26, 2018

    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.

    • sabines
      October 29, 2018

      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?

      • Ben B.
        October 30, 2018

        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.

    • Ben B.
      November 6, 2018

      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.

      • sabines
        November 8, 2018

        Thanks for sharing. I feel in the end it’s all about feeling good about the whole process.

    • Tony
      December 9, 2018

      Where in Texas are you? I install seamless gutters in the Houston county area

  • Ted
    October 26, 2018

    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!

    • sabines
      October 29, 2018

      Ugh, that is annoying. Sorry this happened and I agree, poor customer service.

  • Jeremy Collins
    November 5, 2018

    Headline in today’s news: Lowe’s to close 50 stores, 20 in US. Here today, gone tomorrow.

  • Ben B.
    November 6, 2018

    20 Lowe’s stores are closing in US because of underperforming or within 10 miles of another Lowe’s. Article is from . I am not too worried.

  • Vicki
    November 22, 2018

    I too need rain gutters and thought about buying the material at Lowe’s and doing myself, but after watching a ton of YouTube videos on installing gutters and all the seams you have to glue and hanger issues I decided to go for the seamless gutters. I called a local company and was told it would be $6.00 a linear foot. I’m going to get a quote from Lowe’s first. If I put it on the Lowe’s card I get an extra 5% off

    • sabines
      November 26, 2018

      Vicki, you’re smart to get a few quotes. And yes, I do remember the extra 5% off with Lowe’s card. Let us know how it goes.

  • Randy Cooper
    March 14, 2019

    Thank u everybody I do the gutters for Lowe’s and it makes me feel good that I’m making people happy by doing something I love my name is Randy y’all keep coming to Lowe’s I’ll keep doing a great job

    • Sabine
      March 17, 2019

      Thank you for doing the work, Randy. Still happy with my gutters.

  • Bilalh Kenyatta
    April 2, 2019

    Very nice review. Thank you.

  • Bob
    August 29, 2019

    I had no idea that you could get cheaper liners for your gutters. My gutters are full of trash. I’ll have to consider getting a gutter installation service to fix up my own set up.

    April 23, 2020

    I know this blog is a few years back, but wanted to put my two cents in. Personally, I feel going with Lowes was the best bet. I bought a house about 2 months ago. It has no gutters . I have had several independent contractors over here. One ripped me off of 500 dollars, the other two never got back with me. I would rather pay a few dollars more and have assurance that the job will be done. I am sick to death of people claiming to be able to do these things and no one shows .

    • Sabine
      April 26, 2020

      Toni, thank you for commenting. I know how you feel. I’ve taken time off work to be home for the plumber who then never showed up. Very frustrating, indeed. So far, I’ve been very happy with Lowe’s with both my gutter and window installation.

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