Estimate the cost to install rain gutters by determining the materials you plan to use and the length of the horizontal roof edges. Typically, installed vinyl gutters cost between $3 and $5 per linear foot, as of 2015. It is possible to lower the cost by installing vinyl gutters yourself.
Vinyl gutters are available in several colors and hold their color well. They are flexible and dent resistant. Rust or corrosion is not a problem, although the material becomes brittle as it ages and in very cold temperatures.
Aluminum costs $4 to $9 per linear foot to install. While aluminum does not rust, it dents easily and expands in the heat. It is fairly easy to maintain.
Galvanized steel gutters cost about the same as aluminum. Stainless steel gutters that do not rust cost over twice the price of galvanized steel, but do not rust and maintain their sheen for years. They are strong and dent resistant.
Copper gutters are also low maintenance and develop a natural patina as they age. The cost of installing copper gutters averages between $15 and $25 per linear foot, so they are typically seen on custom projects.
When estimating the cost of gutters, include the cost of downspouts. These costs also vary by materials. The number of downspouts the home requires depends on several factors, including the number of turns in the horizontal roof line and the number of linear feet covered.