Summary: How much to replace and install guttering, average gutter cost and average labour costs.
If your next DIY job is replacing the guttering system on your home, there are lots of important points that should be taken into consideration which will have a significant impact on how much it will cost. Obviously if your skills are such that you will be able to manage the bulk of the installation, then you won’t have the additional cost of hiring subcontractors to carry out the work and this will lower your overall cost substantially. Depending on the type of guttering system you choose, this may not be an option, as some guttering systems such as steel can be heavy and not that easy to manage single handedly.
So, the type of guttering you choose will be your first consideration and as there are quite a few different systems on the market to choose from, here are some pointers which should help you to decide on the right system for your home and your budget.
|Fascia, soffits & guttering|
(Labour & materials)
|£300 – £1,500 (2 bed house)||2019||n/a|
|Guttering (Labour & |
|£35 – £55 (Per metre)||2019||n/a|
Costs to consider
What Type of Guttering? Before considering the material for your guttering, you should consider that your new guttering will have to be able to withstand the elements. Choosing the wrong guttering could mean you will have this job to do again and again, which ultimately will cost you more not only in cash, but also in time and effort. Our weather seems to be changing more and more, so your guttering will have to be able to withstand lots of heat and harmful rays from the sun, very strong winds and torrential rain (and may need to meet your local authority fire rating if you live in an area that imposes these regulations). You may also be faced with falling debris which could clog the guttering and require you to regularly clean your gutters out – not a job for the feint hearted!
With these considerations in mind, your next choice will revolve around the type of material you feel will be best for your property as well as your pocket. As mentioned earlier, steel guttering is more expensive, while galvanised steel gutters are very popular as they offer durability and a long life-span. This means that once they are fitted, you won’t have to worry about doing the job again for a very long time.
Aluminium gutters are also popular as they are more lightweight and so easier to install. Aluminium may not be as long lasting as steel but they do still offer durability and they are less expensive.
Copper guttering is probably the most expensive material on the market. Even with its high price, copper constantly comes out tops as the preferred guttering system for home owners as it can be seamless and therefore offers home-owners years of worry-free guttering.
Finally, homeowners could opt for a PVC guttering system. PVC is obviously lightweight and easy to work with and it’s also more affordable than the other metal systems available. Don’t be put off just because it’s cheaper, (although using a PVC guttering system would definitely help if you are working to a budget), as PVC has added benefits including the fact that it will never rust and it’s not corrosive.
Factors to consider
Final points to consider include adding a mesh cover which would help to prevent debris from building up, as this would definitely save you time and effort and also prevent the guttering from allowing any water to seep into your walls or roof. Your new guttering should also be pest-proof and any of the materials mentioned above would be ideal, as they will not fall foul to rust. New guttering should be seamless and cover the whole area to stop any pests from finding new homes! Finally, good guttering systems prevent debris from building up, allowing your guttering system to recycle rain water which is becoming more and more the ideal today.
Once you have made sure that you have met any local council requirements, chosen your material and considered the extras, it’s time to install your new guttering. You can see there are a lot of variables here and each one will have an impact on the total cost of this job. Installation can, of course, be done yourself but if you would prefer to have it done professionally, you may be able to save some money, for example some companies will provide installation free if you purchase their products.
A final word of advice is to make sure you get a warranty – new guttering does not come cheap and buying a good product from a reputable company is essential. Look for a warranty lasting at least 25 years. Homework done, it’s time to install your guttering.