Is the Zip Hinge a Good Investment? August 05 2014 241 Comments

Is the Zip Hinge a good and practical investment? Before we address the question you must understand the benefits of having one on your home. 

The purpose of the Zip Hinge

1. The Zip Hinge assures your downspout extension is firmly attached to your gutter system so it can protect your home's foundation and landscaping.

2. The Zip Hinge provides you the ability to move your downspout extension to a upright vertical position. Great when doing yard work; gardening, mowing, edging, landscaping, mulching, shoveling, and everything in between.


The Zip Hinge takes 1-2 minutes at most for a novice to install. It's a easy DIY project!

Common Installation & Repair Costs

Professional rehab or repair estimates for cleaning a flooded basement range anywhere from $1,500 to $6,000 and up. The real problem is that most homeowners’ insurance will only cover disasters, and typically will not cover damage occurring from failure to perform routine maintenance.

*National Average for Installation and/or Repair of the Following:

Foundation Repair $4479
Patio or Pathway Repair $1565
Mold Removal $2000-$4000
Lawn Re-sloping $1940
Install Landscaping $3966
Install Sod $2023
Install Turf $4768
Install Drain $3737
Install Turf $4768
Install Lanscape Curbing $1405
Deliver Soil, Mulch or Rocks $866

National Average Fuel Costs and Rising 

Regular Grade $3.64~

Mid Grade $3.83~

Premium Grade $4.01~

Diesel $3.93~

Your Replacement Costs

Box Store Downspout Replacement Cost 

Downspout Extension Replacement Cost

  • 2x3 $8.87 per piece
  • 3x4 $12.56 per piece
  • PVC $5.96 - $11.87 per piece

Your Personal Cost Formula to Repair Downspout (minus the Zip Hinge)

+ Fuel Cost

+ Big Box Store Cost - Downspout Replacement

+ Accessories

+ Tools

+ Your Free Time (x)

Your Total Cost = x

Zip Hinge Cost Formula

+ ZipHinge

+ Your Time

+ Free Shipping

- Gas

- Downspout Replacement

Your Total Cost = X

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions.