Cost of having your Guttering Repaired

All you need to know about having your gutters repaired including costs of materials, costs of labour and time frames.

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What the job entails

There are a number of common causes of gutter leaks or blockages, so the actual work involved in repairing guttering will vary depending on the type of guttering and the exact problem. The simplest fix of all is probably a blocked gutter caused by leaves, twigs or other debris.

The next most common cause of problems is gutters leaking around the joints, this is normally caused by the rubber seals perishing over time. Missing or damaged brackets can also cause leaks and these need to be replaced. If there are numerous leaks from many different places and the guttering is way past its prime, you should consider a full replacement rather than attempting to fix multiple problems with at best temporary repairs.

The guttering is fixed to the fascia boards, so if the fascia is rotten this should be replaced at the same time, there is no point repairing gutters that are fixed to rotten roofline timber. Now would be a good time to consider roof tile cleaning to ensure water is running off the roof properly.

If your guttering isn't working as it is designed to do, water will leak/overflow and eventually saturate the wall below leading to more serious and expensive problems. Treating guttering problems as unimportant minor repairs and putting them off to save money is a false economy. But if considering doing the repairs yourself, be extremely careful when working at height, only position ladders on level, firm ground if possible, if not, bolt stabilisers to the bottom of the ladder on both sides to stop it rocking.

Always make sure your ladder is secure before you start the job and never rest the top of the ladder against the guttering, - use a ladder stand-off to prevent further damaging the guttering. If doing a lot of work, a scaffold tower is a much safer way to access guttering and roofline products. Remember that if the gutters are just blocked with debris, then an old plastic bottle with the base cut off makes a perfect scoop for clearing debris at zero cost!

Although gutter repairs are not technically challenging for most DIY enthusiasts, there are risks involved in repairing your gutter by yourself. So you may want to consider employing professional gutter cleaners, especially for very tall properties. Things can go wrong and end up costing even more when you attempt DIY repairs, for example if you use the wrong sealants to patch seams you could seriously harm your guttering and eventually cause a bigger failure.

Gutters are also a breeding ground for bacteria, full of bird droppings and popular with rodents too, so if you cut yourself you'll need to see a doctor. In fact, when it comes to working at height, there are numerous ways that you could injure yourself. So if you are not 100% confident carrying out the work yourself get advice from experts and maybe let them do the work on your behalf!

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Repair Guttering Cost

Depending upon the extent of repair that is required you can expect to pay anywhere from £50 to £150 to a tradesmen to fix your guttering.

Most roofline tradesmen charge around £150 per day, but to fix some guttering it shouldn't take any longer than a couple of hours. In most cases, where only a small fix is needed, the job will likely take around 30 minutes to complete.

Here are a few average costs for hiring someone to repair your guttering:

Problem Avg. Cost Duration
Leak at the Joint £75 15 minutes
Bracket Damage £75 20 minutes
Disconnected Rainwater Pipe £75 30 minutes
Damaged Gutter Length £150 2 hours


Cost Breakdown

Individual costs for hiring a tradesman to replace a single length of guttering on a 2-storey semi-detached house with easy access - Total Cost: £150

20%

Materials
£30

70%

Tradesmen
£105

10%

Waste
£15

FAQ's

The costs involved will vary depending on the cause of the problem. To repair a gutter leak at the joint for example is normally caused by the rubber seal in the join or union perishing over the years. So fixing this will cost between £50 and £100. These are not difficult or expensive repairs as long as you can source a new gutter joint, if not you will have to replace the entire gutter length, although Upvc plastic guttering is not that expensive.

To replace missing or damaged brackets, the hangers which are screwed into the fascia boards, will cost around the same, brackets are very cheap and fixing them is not complicated. Another cause of problems is the down pipe becoming disconnected from the gutter, this is another simple repair well within the scope of a DIY enthusiast, or alternatively expect to pay around £75 for a tradesman to do it for you, the job should only take around half an hour to fix.

A more complex problem is that the gutter is overflowing due to incorrect alignment. The guttering should run down to the downpipes, if not, they will overflow in bad weather and you will have a lot of standing water even in better weather which will cause the seals to perish faster. Expect to pay around £150 to have a section of guttering removed, realigned and refitted properly. The work should only take a couple of hours at the most.
If the rust is not too severe and is not yet causing leaks, then you can smooth off patches of rust with an emery cloth, but take great care not to press so hard that you make it worse and push right through the gutter! Large areas of rust can be brushed with a wire hand brush or removed using an electric drill with a suitable attachment. After the rust has been removed, paint the affected area with a rust-inhibiting metal primer, then a top coat of bitumen or paint. Small holes can be filled with sealant and painted over and even larger holes can be filled using glass-fibre filler, but if the guttering is very rusty with lots of leaks, it really should be replaced or you will find that you will be continually doing repairs to fix leaks.
Water overflowing from the guttering above the downpipe means that there is a blockage in the hopper head itself, or perhaps a blockage in the downpipe below it, or even a blockage in the drain beneath the downpipe. Start by clearing out any leaves in the hopper head and see if this clears the problem. If not, try flushing the downpipe using a garden hose. If it becomes obvious the downpipe is blocked and the hose is not removing the blockage, then drain rods are the next step. If the downpipe is not blocked, then the problem is likely the ground level drain is blocked.