rain gutters

Real quick, on a scale of 1-10, if I were to ask you how important your home’s rain gutters are what would you rank them?

Two…? 

Four…? 

Or, perhaps eight…?

The true answer is that working rain gutters are 10 out of 10 in the importance of protecting your home’s exterior. While at times we often tend to overlook our home’s gutters, ask someone who has experienced issues with their gutters and they will tell you rain gutter issues are very noticeable. 

Today, we will share with you everything you need to know about rain gutters including: 

  • What rain gutters do
  • What type of rain gutters you can get
  • How much rain gutters cost, & more! 

Everything to Know About Rain Gutters

Let us assume you’re not the rain gutter expert (don’t worry, most are not), in that case, we can start by asking the most basic gutter question, however, before we do that checkout with Preston had to say about his home’s gutters!

What are Rain Gutters in the first place?

Rain gutters are long, horizontal trough-like fixtures that are attached along the edges of your roof and home that typically come in 5-inches or 6-inches. They are attached to your home’s fascia boards.

The purpose of your gutters is to collect rainwater during storms from your roof, channel the water to the gutter downspouts, and finally, the downspouts disperse the rainwater away from your home’s foundation. 

In a working gutter system, this is a smooth and efficient operation. However, in the event your home’s rain gutter system is compromised, there are possible issues which include: 

  • Falling gutters & missing rain gutters
  • Clogged gutters 
  • Gutter leaks
  • Loose gutters

When one of these problems occur the result can be: 

  • Exterior water leaks
  • Foundational issues & leaks
  • Erosion
  • Sitting water in landscaping  

Are rain gutters worth it?

You can read more about the value of rain gutters here, however, unless you have a home that is designed to recycle rainwater (such as a deckhouse styled home), rain gutters are not just worth it – but they’re required for inspection and home protection. 

Without gutters, homeowners experience water leaks within their walls and the very high possibility of foundational issues. Now some ask the “Are rain gutters worth it?” question in reference to the value of the gutters. 

In this case, we will say that the best looking gutters might be cooper or steel, however, these cost thousands. In that case, most people opt for durable, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing aluminum gutters. 

Which, we will share those gutter costs below after first discussing the best types! 

What type of rain gutters are the best?

Preference goes into deciding what the best type of rain gutters are best since there are plenty of types of rain gutter materials including:

  • Aluminum,
  • Copper, 
  • Steel, 
  • Zinc,
  • Vinyl

The most common and durable material for rain gutters – at a great price – are seamless aluminum rain gutters. 

Styles of gutters include the most common “K Style” gutters and half-round gutters aka “European Style” gutters. For cost-saving and customization purposes, typically your best bet for price and durability is aluminum K-style gutters. 

Copper, steel, and even ceramic type gutters are extremely expensive. They are pleasant looking and commonly seen on old mansions and in European type homes, however, aluminum gutters are the most common for many reasons. 

While vinyl gutters are the cheapest, they are sectional, which means more leaks. Not to mention vinyl gutters are easily damaged, as they are naturally weaker than their counterparts. Not to mention that aluminum gutters come in a wide variety of colors in addition to being the most affordable. 

How much do rain gutters cost?

Most people want to know the price of rain gutters and we make that easy. New Seamless Aluminum gutters cost somewhere between $5.50 and $6.50 per linear foot. Gutter guards cost $10 per linear foot. 

  • 6-Inch Gutters: $6.50 Per Linear Foot
  • 5-Inch Gutters: $5.50 Per Linear Foot
  • Raindrop Gutter Guard: $10 Per Linear Foot

This means if you need 100 linear feet of gutter, you would pay $550 for 5-inch gutters and $650 for 6-inch gutters. If you added 50 feet of gutter guard you would add another $500 (which is well worth it as we explain later). 

These are rough averages of rain gutter pricing: 

  • Townhome: Aproxiamtely $1,000
  • Single Family Home: $1,500 to $2,000 +
  • Large Homes: $2,500 to  $3,000+ depending on size, proches, etc. 

Factors that determine the price for new gutters include things like the number of levels, the length of downspouts, porches/garages with gutters & hip roofs.

What color rain gutters are there?

The best thing about selecting aluminum rain gutters aside from the price and durability is the color options. Traditionally, most people select “K-Style” seamless gutters, because they can customize their rain gutter color to just about anything! 

While typically eggshell and white tend to be the most common colors for homes, homeowners do have the ability to select the color of their custom seamless rain gutters. For example, black gutters are becoming more and more popular to offer contrast against the lighter siding. 

The rain gutter colors listed above that Top Dog Home Pro offers include: 

  • Wicker
  • Dark Green
  • Dark Grey 
  • Eggshell
  • White
  • Ivory
  • Light Grey
  • Mucket Brown
  • Red
  • Cream
  • Clay
  • Brown
  • Bronze
  • Black

Are gutter guards worth it?

Now you know what rain gutters are, why they’re vital for your home’s stormwater management, how much they cost, and all the possibilities of color you can choose. The last question you might have is the common, “Are gutter guards worth it?” question. 

Let us help you with that answer. 

When we wrote this article here about the best gutter guards, what readers found out was that like most things in life, gutter guards are not all created equal. 

There are certainly extremely cheap options that claim to offer your gutters “Leaf Protection,” however, these tend to cause more issues than they do help. On the other hand, there are also countless instances where extremely pricey gutter guards selected and they do a great job protecting gutters from leaves – but they don’t allow water to get in or they need cleaning!

What is the point in having a gutter guard if you have to:

  1. Clean the gutter guards
  2. Water can’t enter your gutters

So, if you make the wrong selection, there is the possibility that gutter guards are not worth it. However, there are solutions.

The perfect gutter guard should be: 

  1. Affordable
  2. Durable
  3. Self-cleaning
  4. Hassle-free

Luckily, you now know about Raindrop Gutter Guards, which offer all four! Using a polypropylene material combined with a full mount surface tension guard, Raindrop provides maximal protection from leaves, requires no cleaning, and is durable as any guard! Just see below: 

Not to mention, because the Raindrop gutter guard is so powerful and effective, we can offer a lifetime no-clog gutter warranty! 

So as you can clearly see, the rain gutters that do the best are usually protected by the best!


As a final note on rain gutters, we would like to let you know that if you have any questions feel free to reach out! A cool tool you may want to consider using includes this gutter pricing calculator.

Lastly, here are the rain gutter areas we serve:

See our complete gutter service area page here and be sure to check out our learning resource hub! We also proudly serve the following cities for your gutter needs: Stafford, Dumfries, Woodbridge, Lorton, Springfield, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, Haymarket, Gainesville, Nokesville, and many more!

roofing FAQ

Do you have a roofing question? We probably have the answer. 

As one of the premier roofing companies in the Northern, VA area, we understand your concerns when it comes to replacing your roof, repairing your roof, and simply navigating the home exterior remodeling industry. 

That is why we put together this article that contains some of the most frequently asked roofing questions, or call it a “Roofing FAQ.” 

The 7 Most Frequently Asked Roofing Questions 

1. What are the signs my roof has problems? 

Perhaps the most common question we get (and any roofing company for that matter), is the question about knowing when a home’s roof has issues. 

The simple answer is that the signs are obvious, the complicated answer is that the roof issues signs aren’t so obvious. 

At first glance, you can see common roofing issues such as: 

  • Missing shingles
  • Water stains inside of the home
  • Exposed roof components that look out of place

However, there are also times where you might not see apparent roof issues such as rotting plywood, pipe collar cracks, or leaks. In this case, you have options, which lead to our next question. 

2. I have a roof leak, what do I do?

Perhaps you do your springtime maintenance and notice a few missing shingles or one morning you wake up and the bathroom ceiling has a leak stain. 

In the case of a roofing leak, you have options. Sometimes people ask if they need a new roof because of a leak, and the answer is always it depends. 

Factors such as the age of your current roof, the current warranty (if there is one), and the scop of your roof leak will ultimately determine the next steps. In either case, the first step is to always get the issue inspected by a roofing company… an honest roofing company. 

Depending on the damage on your roof causing the leak – a few missing shingles or a serious problem – will then determine your appropriate actions:

  1. Sometimes a simple roof repair is an answer
  2. Calling insurance to see if your roof qualifies for a replacement 
  3. A new roof

3. How much does a new roof cost?

In the event that it makes sense to move forward with a brand new roof, you have a few options, but the most common question we get is, “How much will a new roof cost?”

The answer varies depending on a few factors. One, the size of your roof will ultimately determine how much a new roof costs first and foremost. Roofs are measured by what is called “A Square” and this means 100 square feet. 

Pricing is done per square, which includes tearing off the existing shingles, laying the new garment, followed by the asphalt shingles. The cost per square is determined by the type of shingles a homeowner selects. 

In our complete roof pricing guide here, we share that shingle prices per square include: 

  • Three Tab Shingles – $380 per square
  • Archinetcutual Shingles – $400 to $425 per square

Using these numbers, an average size home at about 20 square would run a homeowner anywhere from $7600 to $800. 

While this is just an estimate and assumes there are no extras needed (like replacing plywood, fixing flashing, etc) the price is determined by the size of your roof! A townhome is much cheaper than $7600 just like a larger home with a hip roof will be more. 

4. Do new roofs have warranties? 

Whether you just got a new roof or perhaps you have a roof that is a few years old and you are still covered by a warranty, most roofs do have warranties. 

Similar to roofing prices, roofing warranties vary depending on the company that roofs your home and the type of shingles you select. 

For example, the Landmark Pro Archinetcutral shingles (the best) come with a 15-year 110 mph wind-resistance warranty in addition to a 50-year limited transferable warranty against manufacturing defects. 

That being said, product warranties are determined by the shingle supply company like Certainteed or Ownes Corning. The labor warranty depends on the shingle installer, but for example, here at Top Dog Home Pro, we offer a lifetime labor warranty. 

Always do your due diligence when it comes to a roof warranty before getting a new roof! You can read in full detail how roof warranties work here!

5. What are the different types of asphalt shingles? 

The most common roofing material is asphalt shingles, which happens to also be the most durable and affordable. But not all asphalt shingles are created equally. 

Asphalt shingle technology has increased tenfold over the years and shingles from 2005 pale in comparison to asphalt shingles in 2021. That being said the most common type of asphalt shingles are your common “Three Tab Shingles.” 

Three-tab shingles are hardy, affordable, and very common. However, they don’t look or perform as well as the super-durable architectural shingles. 

Architectural shingles give the look of cedar shingles, however, hold up as asphalt shingles do. They also are more durable because they are thicker. Shingles come in a variety of colors. 

>> Read all about our shingles here!

6. How long will it take to replace my roof? 

One day. 

A good company can replace a single-family home’s roof in one day. This includes removing the old roof shingles and underlayment, followed by replacing both with new underlayment and shingles, followed by a thorough clean up! 

7. What should you ask your roofing contractor before hiring?

Perhaps the best question we get, and the one you should ask the most before ever selecting a roofing company to install your new roof, is the right hiring questions! 

Making informed purchasing decisions is vital, especially when its an item like your roof, which we recongize is not a small investment. Anything costing a few thousand dollars is a large investment for most households. 

That is why we put together this quick “Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist:” 

Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist: 

  • Is your company insured?
  • Is your company licensed?
  • Are you certified by the shingle manufacturer? (We are a certified Certainteed Shingle Master for example) 
  • Is your roofing company a BBB Accredited Business?
  • Do you have references and reviews? 
  • What does your roofing warranty look like? 

Final Word

When it comes to your roof, the investment is large, but so is the actual roof, however, the return on investment is also worth it! It is said that in the resale process a new roof can have over an 80% return on investment!

That is why we take roof replacements and new roof consumer knowledge seriously by promoting the concept of an informed buyer. We want our customers to know EVERYTHING about their home’s roof before getting one.

So if you found this article helpful let us know! If you have a question about your roof we didn’t answer, feel free to submit your question here and we can add it!