Gutter Cleaning Costs

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Roof gutters – designed to collect rainwater from the roof and transport it to ground level where it is usually dispersed into the ground via a soakaway.

These gutters are typically made from plastic but cast iron and aluminium are also popular.

Gutters in the UK are small compared to those used by our European or American neighbours and thus they tend to become blocked much more easily. The culprits are usually roof moss, leaves and twigs etc which clog not only the gutters but also the rainwater downpipes.

What are the average gutter cleaning costs charged in the United Kingdom? What is a fair and reasonable cost for this type of gutter work?

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:

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London Area£150.00£200.00
South, SW and Midlands£125.00£150.00
Outer Region and North£95.00£125.00




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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).

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. If you live in a 3 storey town house then obviously this will cost more as a ladder may not reach the gutters! The cost will be decided by the access to the roof, if scaffold is required to reach the gutter height then the cost will be much much higher. Having repairs carried out will also affect the final gutter cleaning cost.

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 with the need for scaffold.

If you want the exterior of the guttering cleaned/polished then this will also cost more.

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.

What Will Happen if the Gutters are Not Cleaned Frequently?

The gutters will most likely overflow, leading to rotten fascia boards and window sills. There may be damp patches on walls and on the patio/ground. Moss, leaves and twigs may also be forced into the underground pipework causing costly blockages.

Guttering needs cleaning and unblocking

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9 Responses to “Gutter Cleaning Costs”

  1. Glenn JacksonMay 27, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    I’m not sure what source you used for the gutter cleaning prices in Merton for example, but they are much, much less. Something around 80pounds is more precise imo.

  2. Forrest WheateyOctober 2, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    I too do believe the average prices you’ve written are much higher than the actual ones. My company is relatively large one and our top price for a 3-storey building is £115. Even with adding extras such as downspout or conservatory it won’t go above £150. And I’m talking about London.

    Besides that, congrats on the site. It is quite informative and helpful for the customer. Also you didn’t mislead them while promoting your affiliates in a very professional and honest way. Hope end-users reach here and get their answers questioned.

  3. DBJanuary 7, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    Making the prices higher is just irresponsible, I don’t want contractors Googling how much to charge and seeing they can get away with a third more than they should because you said so. I live in a rented house and keeping the gutters clear is part of my rental contract. I don’t want to pay through the nose for maintaining a property for which I already pay a small fortune in rent.

  4. Edinburgh Gutter CleanerFebruary 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    If you live in the Edinburgh Area,we can clean your gutters for considerably less

  5. TrevJune 4, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    I clean gutters wash and clear them and I charge 15/20 quid as it’s a easy job really give them a scrub bring the white back and clear all the Moss 2 hours work job done front n back.

  6. Complete Gutter CleaningJuly 2, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    We clean them for a lot cheaper than this! [website link removed] for gutter cleaning, repairs & replacements across Dorset & Hampshire.

  7. NicoSeptember 16, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    Good, detailed article, although I also think the prices quoted are quite high. It’s nice to see that you do let people know that it is an easy job that they could do themselves if they have the time and willingness. However, for safety it is always good to get a professional company to do the job, especially if the home owner is of the older generation

  8. Gutter CleaningSeptember 17, 2016 at 1:32 am #

    Of course Trev must be having a laugh about cleaning the gutters for minimum wage, Gutter cleaning can be a dangerous job. It should only be carried out by professionals with the correct insurance.
    If someone cleans them without the correct insurance, the homeowner could be liable for any accidents.

  9. KellySeptember 19, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    I have to agree with the other commenters that the prices you quote are a little on the high side. The average price for a three-bed semi in the north of England is usually around the £50 – £60 mark, depending on the quality & experience of the company carrying out the work.

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