Gutter Unblocking and Cleaning Cost

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How Much Does it Cost to Clean Roof Gutters?

Over the years we’ve seen roof gutters become blocked with everything from toys and tennis balls to weeds, plants and even grass that was originally grass seeds that birds dropped onto the roof.

Keeping the gutters clear is essential; otherwise, they may overflow causing all sorts of problems, including damp, water ingress and rot to timbers.

Most homes with trees nearby will need a good gutter clearout every year but some, such as those under large pine trees, may need twice-yearly attention.

You have two options:

  1. Clear out and unblock the gutters.
  2. Clearout/unblock the gutters and clean the exterior of the gutters.

Obviously, option 2 takes longer and costs more.

If you’re looking for a price to clear out and/or clean roof gutters, you’ve come to the right place.

We Asked 28 Businesses and Tradespeople How Much They Charge to Clean/Unblock Gutters

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We contacted 28 roofers, guttering companies and cleaning firms to give us prices for both gutter clearing and cleaning.

Here’s a works schedule:

  • Erect access equipment to the desired work height.
  • Unblock all gutters by removing debris.
  • Check gutter joints for leaks and replace as required for a fee.
  • Check rainwater downpipes to ground level and unblock as required.
  • Clean exterior of guttering and rainwater downpipes (optional).
  • Remove all waste material.
Blocked roof gutters

This may look a mess but it only needs unblocking and cleaning, not replacing.

Gutter Unblocking/Cleaning Example 1 – Bungalow

Projects don’t get much easier than this; it doesn’t take long to clean gutters to bungalows as no access equipment is required other than a ladder.

Here’s an average of the prices given to us, based on a bungalow with around 25 metres of guttering:

Location:Price:Notes:
London Area£5 rising to £6 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
South, SW and Midlands£4.50 rising to £5 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
Outer Region and North£3 rising to £4 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
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Roof Gutter Cleaning/Unblocking Cost 2 – A Typical Semi-Detached House

The prices below are for gutter unblocking and cleaning to a typical semi-detached house with front and rear gutters and maybe a porch or small garage. 

This example is based on a semi-detached property with around 20 metres of guttering.

Location:Price:Notes:
London Area£6 rising to £7 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
South, SW and Midlands£5.50 rising to £6 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
Outer Region and North£3.50 rising to £4.50 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
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Cost Example 3 – A Larger Detached House

Gutter cleaning and unblocking prices per metre go down for larger houses as most of the time and cost is in getting setup.

This example assumes there’s a minimum of 70 metres of guttering:

Location:Price:Notes:
London Area£5 rising to £6 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
South, SW and Midlands£4 rising to £5 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
Outer Region and North£3 rising to £3.75 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
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Cost Example 4 – A 3-storey Townhouse

Townhouses are high and the gutters difficult to reach. Some firms may need to hire access equipment such as a cherry picker or access tower; this causes the price to skyrocket.

Some firms have powerful vacuums attached to long poles – equipment specially built tasks like this.

While gutter unblocking costs can be kept low by choosing the right firm with the right equipment, gutter cleaning 2 storeys up will almost always require access equipment, so expect the cost to be high, as reflected in the price below:

Location:Price:Notes:
London Area£6 rising to £20 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
South, SW and Midlands£5 rising to £15 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
Outer Region and North£4.50 rising to £12 for both unblocking and cleaningPer mtr pricing
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Notes

We sourced gutter cleaning and unblocking prices from three different types of businesses; roofers, gutter companies and specialist cleaning firms.

The cheapest quotes cam from the cleaning firms, most of which also had the long reach vacuums.

Gutter installation and maintenance firms’ prices were middle-of-the-road, while the roofers were the most expensive, often by quite a margin.

While we can’t guarantee you’ll get a lower price by choosing a specialist cleaning firm, we feel you should at least source quotes from them for comparison.

Vacuum gutter cleaning

Gutter vacuum – perfect for difficult to reach places. Image from Paxtons Cleaning

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Gutter Cleaning Q&A

When Were These Gutter Cleaning Prices Published?

We sourced these prices in late-2020 and published this page on early 2021.

Which Companies Supplied You With These Prices?

28 firms from around the UK volunteered prices to us. They were an even mix of roofers, gutter firms and specialist cleaning firms. We chose not to ask “handymen” for prices as we feel those with specialist experience should complete work at height projects.

How Often Should Gutters be Cleaned and Unblocked

As a very general rule of thumb, gutter unblocking should be done every:

  • 2  years for homes with no trees nearby or moss on the roof.
  • 1 year for properties with a mossy roof or trees nearby.
  • Twice a year for homes under pine trees as the needles block everything, including gutter guards and meshes etc.

Gutter cleaning, i.e. cleaning the exterior of the gutters, is something that may only need to be done every few years, it varies from house to house. White gutters may need cleaning more often.

What Causes Blockages in Roof Gutters?

It varies from home to home but mostly roof moss, pine needles, leaves and twigs. As the organic matter decays, it creates a thick sludge that cakes the inside of the gutters and rainwater pipes, hence why regular unblocking is essential for some properties.

Do Gutter Guards Work?

Most gutter guards work well at keeping large leaves out of the gutters, but themselves may become blocked with moss and pine needles.

If you have a gutter with a guard product in place and it becomes blocked, you’ll pay more for the guard to be removed, cleaned and refitted.

My Gutters Are Very Difficult to Reach, How Can They be Cleaned?

Gutters located on 3 and 4 storey building are difficult to reach safely, as are gutters above a large conservatory or down a very narrow alleyway.

For gutter unblocking, we recommend hiring a specialist cleaning firm that owns a power vacuum and pole, they can reach any gutter, anywhere.

For gutter cleaning (the exterior of the gutter that is) you may need to hire a firm with access equipment; a cherry picker, scaffold or access tower system etc.

How Long Does it Take to Clean Gutters?

Terraced house front and back – 1 hour to unblock plus 1 hour to clean.

Semi-detached. w/porch etc – 1.5 hours to unblock plus 1.5 hours to clean.

Detached house, w/porch and garage etc – 2-3 hours to unblock and 2-3 hours to clean.

Larger detached house – 4-5 hours to unblock and 4-5 hours to clean.

How easy the access is will determine the price; narrow alleys, conservatories or outbuildings can cause access issues and increase the time it takes to complete the project.

Are There Any Trade Associations Where I Can Find Reputable Installers?
While there are roofing, cladding and even general cleaning associations, there aren’t any for gutter cleaning firms.

You can also use our network of tradespeople and of course, there’s also Checkatrade, Which?, Trustmark and other associations.

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