Roof gutters often become blocked with leaves, twigs and moss which can rot into a thick muddy sludge that’ll block the flow of water.
Leaking or overflowing gutters can cause all sorts of damage to the property and experts recommend gutter cleaning be done once per year.
But how much does it cost to clean guttering and what type of tradesperson does this task?
On this page you’ll find our price guide for gutter cleaning, we can also help you get a competitive price for the cleaning of your own gutters.
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Our Price Guide
In 2016 and again in early 2018, we sent out price requests to gutter cleaners, installers and roofing firms.
We asked them how much it would cost to clean out the gutters to a typical semi-detached house with 15 metres of linear guttering.
The results surprised us because we saw a big difference in the prices.
Specialist gutter cleaning firms were by far the cheapest, with many quoting a price on a per metre basis.
Roofers and gutterers were much more expensive, with several firms quoting us a figure 3 times higher than our cheapest firm.
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.
Based on our research, not only are they cheaper on average, but many are smaller firms that trade below the VAT registration threshold.
That means you won’t be charged a hefty 20% VAT on top of the price.
Below you’ll find the results of our research, the prices have been averaged and include the figures provided to us by roofers, guttering firms and specialist cleaners.
Average Cost to Clean Gutters
This price guide was last updated in 2018:
|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|
Price Factors and Considerations
If your gutters are difficult to reach, perhaps they’re very high or located above a conservatory or extension, you should use the services of a business that uses a high-reach pole system.
Pole systems are attached to powerful hoovers that extract the blockage from inside the gutters.
There’s no need for ladders, access towers or cherry pickers that other firms may need to hire (at considerable cost) just to reach your gutters.
The prices on this page exclude the cost of cleaning the exterior of the gutters and any repairs – that would cost extra.
Explore our gutter repair price guide for more information about gutter repairs and your options.
What Happens if Gutters Are Not Cleaned Periodically?
The worst case scenario is moss, twigs and leaves being flushed into the underground soakaway causing a blockage.
It can cost hundreds of pounds to dig out and replace a soakaway,
There are other repercussions:
- Overflowing onto walls and window sils
- Rotting fascia and soffit boards which are costly to replace
- Blocked rainwater pipes
- Rubber gutter seals will saturate and rot/fail earlier than they otherwise would
How Difficult is it to Clear Out and Clean Gutters?
The most difficult aspect is gaining safe access to the gutters.
Extensions, conservatories, narrow alleyways and other obstacles can make access difficult, hence why consumers living in such homes should use the services of a firm with a high-reach pole system.
Once safe access has been gained, the work is fairly straightforward and simple.
The muck in the gutters can usually be removed manually with just a glove and a bucket.
The gutters are then given a wash through with water and a wipe through with a cloth.
Gutter cleaning is not a difficult task, once safe access has been gained.
Can Gutter Cleaning be Done “DIY”?
While the work itself is very easy – just scooping out the debris by hand and flushing with water, this project does involve working at height.
For reasons of health and safety, it’s best to use the services of a professional gutter cleaner.
How to Reduce Your Gutter Cleaning Maintenance
Gutter guards are filters that prevent moss, twigs and other bits of debris from entering the gutters.
Installing a gutter guard can reduce the frequency of gutter maintenance and save you money in the long run.
You could also have the moss from the roof removed and a chemical treatment applied to the tiles to prevent its re-growth.
Also, consider cutting back any overhanging tree branches that shed leaves onto your roof.
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