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Average Labour Cost & Price to Replace/Repair Guttering



To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…


(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)





How Much Does It Cost to Replace Gutters?

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Job 1
Lets assume gutter replacement to all three sides of a semi with a bedroom bay window and no ladder access problems. You are having cheap and cheerful (and perfectly acceptable) 4” (100mm) “half round” black plastic guttering, easily connectable to your neighbours stuff (they had theirs done 2 months ago) with no down pipe renewal.

Including buying and tipping, it will take 2 men, 1.5 days, so with materials……..£585.00


Job 2
As above but with either an additional new down pipe, or replace an existing one (and shoe)!…………£690.00


Job 3
A larger detached house now, with a more complex guttering configuration, allowing for four new down pipes and full gutter replacement. This will take 3 days + materials and going to the tip……….£950.00


Job 4
If you really insist on just a repair……….To fix up to three leaking joints on CAST IRON guttering.

Here the roofer will release (with great difficulty) the square nut that has been holding the joint together since long before England were rubbish at football. He will dry and clean the joint with a wire brush, apply some gutter sealant and then bolt it back together. This can all be done from a ladder………….
£85.00

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Gutter Cleaning Guide and Information Sheet


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Cleaning out guttering is done from ladders, usually about 2 years after it should have been done. It’s amazing what gets up into a gutter: dead birds, tennis balls (these are perfectly sized to block the outlets), twigs, grass, and the finest alluvial soil known to man. (Ask him to dump it on your roses).

He will usually scoop the detritus out with a trowel and dump it into a bucket that is dangling from his ladder - make he does - if he just lets it drop, it will splatter everywhere and it’s truly filthy stuff!

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Job PRICES


To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the BLUE BOX below



PRICES



Job 1
Lets assume gutter replacement to all three sides of a semi with a bedroom bay window and no ladder access problems. You are having cheap and cheerful (and perfectly acceptable) 4” (100mm) “half round” black plastic guttering, easily connectable to your neighbours stuff (they had theirs done 2 months ago) with no down pipe renewal.

Including buying and tipping, it will take 2 men, 1.5 days, so with materials……..£585.00


Job 2
As above but with either an additional new down pipe, or replace an existing one (and shoe)!…………£690.00


Job 3
A larger detached house now, with a more complex guttering configuration, allowing for four new down pipes and full gutter replacement. This will take 3 days + materials and going to the tip……….£950.00


Job 4
If you really insist on just a repair……….To fix up to three leaking joints on CAST IRON guttering.

Here the roofer will release (with great difficulty) the square nut that has been holding the joint together since long before England were rubbish at football. He will dry and clean the joint with a wire brush, apply some gutter sealant and then bolt it back together. This can all be done from a ladder………….
£85.00


For your must-see guide to Tradesmen's Rates please click on the map below...

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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on the Cost of Replacing Gutters


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Guttering looks so simple doesn’t it?

Nothing in 30 years as a builder / roofer has created more problems for this esteemed writer than trying to fix that
persistent little leak on your collective guttering. It took me 15 years to work out how to solve all guttering leaks at a stroke… replace the whole lot!

Patched repairs, a bit of gutter sealant here and there, never last and inevitably create friction between the customer and builder.

If he’s got any sense he will tell you the repair is temporary, but you want the repair to be permanent don’t you?. At some point the repair
will fail and you will call the builder back? But when is that cut off point? a week, a month, six months? If you must have a repair, ask the builder to give you a short-term guarantee. Get this in writing, but be prepared for him to say “No” because, as I stated earlier, the only sure-fire way of fixing a problem for good (10-15 years) is replace the whole lot!

The problem is, there are so many manufacturers and sizes and shapes (and colours) of guttering and they all change over time and one brand doesn’t connect to another. All this means that going to buy a new bit is a virtual impossibility. So you botch it with silicone and two weeks later it leaks again, (you have no idea just how much plastic gutter expands and contracts daily)!

Another problem is the down pipes. If your house is old and you need to replace the cast iron guttering then the chances are, that it will be set right up under the slates due to its shape. This means the down pipes are set high as well and new plastic guttering which is fixed a bit lower, won’t empty into them. You can’t manipulate cast iron so they have to be replaced also. Guttering must have a constant 1:40 fall towards an outlet where the down pipe is and in some situations that is impossible.

There are further complications because several houses very often share (far too few) down pipes and so the roofer
has to reconnect your new stuff to the remaining neighbours old stuff with all the problems of adaptors and falls. Some manufacturers don’t even make adaptors.


Questions to ask the roofer during his quotation visit.


Will you need scaffolding?
Usually there’s no need for this unless your conservatory is in the way. If it’s necessary, ask him to quote for “snowguards” fitted above the conservatory at the same time. They don’ t just stop snow, a “double Roman” tile dropping off your roof , will make a right pig's ear of a fifteen foot square sheet of glass conservatory roof and that jigsaw underneath you’ve been doing for the last decade!


Can you please include a price for painting the fascia boards (that’s what the guttering is fixed to) when the old stuff has been removed?

(see the article on
Fascia Boards).
If the house is Victorian these won’t have seen the light of day since the old king (bless him), went to that great palace in the sky and a lick of acrylic won’t do any harm at all. (Acrylic paint is all you’re going to get. He’s a
roofer for Heaven’s sake, you’ll be lucky if he even uses a brush!)


Will the down pipes need changing and if he removes the old cast iron ones, will he make good their fixing holes.
In the olden days, before electric drills, they used great big metal spikes belted into the brickwork to hold the downspouts in place. They can be a nightmare to get out and often leave dirty great holes in your brickwork. Ask for one, you can flog it on eBay. Call it a “saintmaker”. Say it seeps mother's milk every consummation Thursday.


What distance does he leave between fixing brackets?
Much more than 30” (800mm) and plastic guttering could start to distort or sag over time.


Is he happy with the length of existing guttering runs (and therefore the falls) between existing downspouts?
He may be able to add an extra downspout. They should empty into gullies (drains) but if a little-used path “falls” away from the house a new spout can terminate onto it. It should be able take a the water and a new spout could possibly prevent a lot of water cascading down the walls in 5 years time as the gutter gets full of silt. (Please tell me where this silt comes from, I would love to know).


Will he be putting a “shoe” at the bottom of each down pipe?
That’s a directional end piece, it doesn’t really do a lot in most cases but it finishes the job nicely and only costs £2.50!

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