Do your gutters need unblocking and clearing out? Are you researching prices online? We know how much roofers, guttering companies and specialist cleaners are charging to clean gutters because we asked many of them to provide us with figures for this type of work. We reveal the average cost to clear our roof gutters and also provide you with some great tips to keep your costs down.
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About Us and Our Figures
Unlike many other websites, the prices for gutter cleaning you see displayed on this page aren’t plucked from thin air.
We sent out quote requests to cleaning firms, gutterers and roofline businesses during late Autumn 2016 (the best time to clear out gutters). The figures we have published here are an average of those prices. We last updated this page on the
Quotation Check has been publishing average home improvement prices for nearly three years (our full price list is here), our goal is to cast a light on the charges made by tradespeople and businesses.
How to Get The Cheapest Price (a data-driven answer, so read this first)
We know from our experience in gathering quotes for gutter cleaning that there are three types of businesses that do this work:
- Specialist gutter cleaning companies
- Guttering and Roofline installers
- Roofing companies
From the data we have gathered over the last three years, we know that the most expensive quotes have come from guttering/roofline companies and roofing businesses.
Perhaps this is because the skill level of their employees is higher and they will charge the same hourly rate, regardless of whether they are clearing gutters or doing more complex and challenging work
By far the cheapest prices were those charged by specialist gutter cleaning firms, that’s businesses whose core work is to clean and unblock gutters.
It’s also worth noting that most of the specialist cleaners we contacted were smaller businesses and operated below the VAT threshold.
The takeaway tip is this: In addition to getting at least three quotes, we suggest you source your quotes from businesses that specialise in gutter cleaning. Not only are they cheaper on average, but you won’t have to pay the VAT that larger roofing firms and roofline installers are required to charge.
Typical Cost/Price to Clean Gutters
Assuming there is easy access up to the gutter height then the following cost guide will apply for a typical semi-detached property with 15 metres of gutters:
|Location||Small Business /Trader||Large Business|
|Need a Custom Price? >|
|South, SW and Midlands||£125.00||£150.00|
|Outer Region and North||£95.00||£125.00|
What Happens if Gutters Are Not Cleared Out Frequently?
This is what can happen if you don’t clear out gutters frequently:
- Overflowing onto walls and window sils
- Rotting fascia boards
- Blocked rainwater pipes and underground drains
- Rubber gutter seals will saturate and rot/fail earlier than they otherwise would
How Difficult is it to Clear Out and Clean Gutters?
This work is not very difficult as the muck in the gutters can usually be removed manually with just a glove and a bucket. A ladder is all that is needed to get up to gutter height. The tradesman will need to flush some water down the rainwater pipe to see if it is blocked then clear the pipe by dismantling it and putting it back together afterwards (just a case of unwinding a few screws).
Specialist gutter cleaning firms often use a powerful vacuum to clear out the guttering, this is attached to a pole so they can complete the task without going up a ladder.
Factors That Can Increase/Decrease the Price and Cost
If the blockage is not in the gutters or the rainwater pipe but is instead located underground then the cost can increase substantially and that work may need to carried out by a separate company such as a drainage expert. If you live in a 3 storey
If you live in a 3 storey town-house then a roofing company will charge you more, as a ladder may not reach the gutters and scaffold may be required.
If you have a large conservatory that needs to be bridged then this will cost extra although in most cases a pole can be used to scrape out the contents of the gutters without the need for scaffold.
If you want the exterior of the guttering cleaned/polished then this will also cost more, as will any repairs not included in the quote.
Can This Work be Done “DIY”?
While the work itself is very easy – just scooping out the debris by hand and flushing the pipes with a hose, working at height can be very dangerous, especially leaning to one side from a ladder. For this reason, it’s best to find a contractor to undertake this type of work.
How to Reduce Gutter Cleaning Maintenance and Costs
After having the gutters cleaned out, you could consider installing a gutter guard, such as a mesh, grill or brush. These will keep leaves, twigs and roof moss out of the guttering and will reduce the overall maintenance of the roof gutters.
You could also have the moss from the roof removed and a chemical treatment applied to the tiles to prevent re-growth. Also, consider cutting back any overhanging tree branches.
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