Last Updated on March 9, 2021

Gutter Cleaning Cost – How Much Is It Per Metre/Foot?

Zac Houghton

Zac Houghton

Construction expert and founder of Loftera.

If you don’t get your gutters cleaned regularly you could be facing bills of up to £12,000 to replace your roof and when gutter cleaning prices can cost from under £40, even in London, there’s no excuse not to take care of your home.

It makes sense to take action as the average cost of replacing a roof in the UK is £6,000, rising to £12,000 for bigger properties, and one of the most common causes of roof issues is water damage caused by blocked gutters.

Roof damage also means that water can leak through your home, ruining your belongings and causing untold problems to your electrics and decoration not to mention the time and hassle you will have to invest to make things right.

But with gutter cleaning costs per metre averaging just £4 (gutter cleaning costs per foot is therefore £1.25), there is no real excuse not to keep your gutters clean and stay on top of this potential threat to your home.

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It’s not only your roof that could be ruined

So how much does gutter cleaning cost? Well, that does depend on the size of your home and many companies quote a minimum rate.

This minimum cost averages in the UK at just under £40 for a gutter cleaning cost for a modest property, such as a one storey terrace. It costs more if you have a bigger property, rising to an average maximum of £300 for a two-storey detached building.

This is because additional labour may be needed and also more equipment such as cherry pickers to reach extremely high levels.

Other companies charge by the foot, which averages out as just over a pound per foot or around £4 per metre if you prefer to make your calculations in metric measurements.

The question should not be how much gutter cleaning is but can you afford not to, given the potential damage and cost that you could incur if you do not maintain your gutters. And given that it’s recommended you have your gutters cleaned once or twice a year, it’s not a huge investment for the peace of mind you will have.

Health and pest issues

If you don’t get your gutters cleared it can lead to water damage and damp throughout your home.

As well as being an unpleasant way to live with cold and damp, it can also have severe health implications and can lead to mold inside the home which can cause a variety of respiratory and other illnesses, especially dangerous for young children.

Blocked gutters can also be homes for all types of unwanted pests as well, from wasp nests to rodents, that you would not want to infest your home, which is another reason why you should keep them clear and let an expert do it for you.

Why should I get someone to clear my gutters for me?

Clearing your gutters, a job that you don’t want to tackle yourself when you think of the health and safety issues involved in reaching gutters. In fact, research showing a third of all deaths caused by falls are those off roofs.  You also have to factor in having the right ladders and other equipment that you would need.

And clearing gutters is not a particularly pleasant job and if it’s not done well could leave lots of mess, which is why using experts who regularly undertake such work is the best option given how reasonable their prices are.

FAQs:

How often should gutters be cleaned?

You should get your gutters cleaned at least once a year, but many experts recommend that bi-annually is better. If you do choose to do it twice a year, it is often a good idea to have them cleaned before Autumn to make sure the gutters can cope with the seasonal leaf fall and cleared again once most of the trees have shed their leaves.

If you have many trees near your home or live in the countryside, again you may need to have your gutters cleaned more regularly. Or if there have been unseasonable storms, again, it is a good idea to check them.

But overall, once a year is the norm for urban homes. 

What is included in gutter cleaning?

A basic gutter clearing service will involve removing any debris such as leaves or other wind blow debris from the gutters throughout your home.

Many companies also offer additional services such as a deep clean or treatments if you have issues with mold or algae that could eventually cause damage to them.

Other additional services could include repairs and if necessary, replacements. And many companies also offer painting and decorative services.

Not all companies will remove the rubbish they take out of the gutters, but most will give you a quote to do so if it’s not included as part of their normal service.

It may be that you also need cherry-picker vehicles if your home is very tall but often it can be accomplished by ladders.

Most gutter cleaners will be able to advise you on what you need and then quote accordingly so you know exactly what will happen and the cost involved.

What happens if gutters are not cleaned?

Essentially, gutters are there to take rainwater away from your house and this is because water can do so much damage. If the gutters become blocked with leaves or other materials, then that means they won’t work effectively which is why it is so important to have them cleaned and cleared regularly.

If they are not cleared, it means water can seep into bricks, roof tiles and other building materials, damaging them and leaving you with a hefty repair bill.

The most common damage caused by blocked gutters is to the roof as water can overspill from the gutter or even pour into the roof void if the gutter is blocked. This can ruin your roof and as we said earlier, replacing your roof averages out at £6,000 and £12,000 for bigger properties, in the UK.

What is more a damaged roof can mean your home gets flooded and then there is damage not only in terms of repair costs but to your possessions, wiring and décor.

Blocked gutters can also cause other damage through water damage to your home’s foundations and in your garden, causing damage to decking and landscaping.

And blocked gutters can also provide a home for unwanted pests.

How often should I replace my gutters?

Another great reason to look after your gutters is because it makes them last longer. It’s recommended that they should be replaced every 20 years but if your gutters are regularly cleared, they will last longer.

Not only will clearing them protect the structural integrity of your home, but it will also mean your gutters will work better and with the average cost to replace them coming in at £700, it’s an expense no-one needs if they can avoid it.

What should I do next to make sure my gutters work?

We have explained what the main issues are if you don’t clear your gutters, from structural damage to your home, expensive repair bills and potential health issues with damp and pest infestations, so now put your mind at rest by checking your gutters.

You can do this by walking around your property and seeing if you can see leaf and other debris in them. You can also check from the bedroom and attic windows. If you are worried that they look clogged, then get a quote to have them cleared.

We’ve told you the prices, what you can expect in terms of the service and how you can add repairs or cosmetic needs to this, so you won’t be ripped off.

If your gutters look clear and you have had them cleared this year, a good idea is to check them and the surrounding areas when it is raining.

That way you can tell if they are working efficiently and taking the water away. Make sure the rainwater is running clearly through the guttering and is being channeled in the right way. Also keep an eye out for wet patches on exterior walls and internal damp as well as puddles in your garden, cellar, decking or patio as this will indicate that there is a blockage somewhere.

If in doubt, then get your gutters cleared. That way you will have peace of mind from as little as £40!

 

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