Roof gutters are prone to blockages caused by leaves, twigs and roof moss etc and some houses need to have their gutters cleaned several times per year due to overhanging tree branches and excessive moss growth.
But how much does gutter cleaning cost? What hidden/extra costs are there and how can one reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning?
On this page we will reveal:
- the cost of gutter cleaning on a per metre basis with example prices.
- how you can get a price for your property.
- some actionable tips so you can reduce the number of leaves/moss/seeds/twigs etc getting into your gutters.
- what tradespeople do this type of work? Who is the cheapest?
How Much Do YOU Think Gutter Cleaning Will Be?
This may seem like a strange question – after all, you have visited our site to discover the cost of gutter cleaning.
However, in addition to displaying the prices we are also conducting research into how much homeowners think certain home improvement projects should cost.
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What Do You Get For Your Money?
While every company is different, we think you should expect the following when instructing a company or tradesperson to unblock your roof gutters.
You could look at this list as a works schedule:
- written price detailing all the work to be carried out with optional extras such as repairs to known leaks or cleaning the exterior of the guttering.
- gutters unblocked and cleared out.
- rainwater pipes unblocked and cleared out above ground level.
- gutter is then water tested and any drips or leaks noted or repaired if you have chosen this option.
- the exterior of gutters cleaned if you have chosen that option.
- a report on the condition of the gutters.
How Long Does The Work Take?
This depends on the options you have chosen:
- just clear out the gutters and pipes.
- as above but also replace any leaky parts or re-seal them.
- as above but also clean the exterior of the gutters.
For a typical semi-detached house with a garage and porch, you can expect the gutter clear outs to take around an hour. Add an extra hour if you want the exterior cleaned and add an extra 5 minutes per leaky part that needs replacing or re-sealing.
|Gutter Clear Outs||£4.50 per metre|
|Clean Exterior of Gutters||£2.50 per metre|
|Replace Leaking Part||£10 per part|
|Downpipe Filters||£5 per filter|
Do The Prices Above Include VAT?
No. Gutter cleaning if often (but not always) carried out by smaller firms that are operating below the VAT registration threshold.
Our prices above assume that VAT will not be charged, but if you instruct a VAT registered business to do the work, then just add 20% to the cost.
Gutter Vacuum or Manual Removal?
The gutter vacuum is great for hard to reach places such as above a conservatory or on a townhouse.
It’s often used in conjunction with manual removal via a ladder.
Check out the video below:
Example Gutter Cleaning Price
Below you can see an example price for a typical semi-detached house with 21 metres of guttering that needs to be unblocked.
6 metres of guttering to the front
6 metres of guttering to the rear
3 metres of guttering the porch
6 metres of guttering to the garage
|Gutter Clear Outs||£95.00|
|Clean Exterior of Gutters||£52.50|
|Replace Leaking Part||£10 per part|
|Downpipe Filters||£5 per filter|
6 Actionable Tips
- Get a receipt for your insurance company – some insurance companies are now refusing to pay out for water damage as a result of leaking gutters if you haven’t maintained the property, so obtain and keep a copy of the receipt for your records.
- If you are suffering from frequent gutter blockages – consider having the moss from the roof (see an example price here) removed or any overhanging branches removed to reduce a number of leaves, moss and twigs etc entering the gutters.
- Consider installing a gutter leaf guard (example here) – while these don’t prevent all particles from blocking the gutters, they do keep out large leaves and chunks of material.
- Try a down pipe filter (example here) – these are cheap, easy to install and easy to remove and clean. They prevent the blockages from being washed into the underground soakaway.
- Avoid repairing leaks with mastic sealant – where possible (ie plastic gutters) it’s far better to replace a leaky part then fill it with a glue or adhesive (example cost for spare parts here). If you have old style cast iron gutters then these can difficult to repair and a mastic or adhesive might be the only option.
- Install a high capacity guttering system that can cope with more water – semi-circular gutters cope with the least amount of water and tend to overflow from even minor blockages. Squareline gutters hold 25% more water while a “Deepflow” high capacity system can handle up to 50% more water.
What Type of Tradespeople do This Work?
Not sure who to call to fix your guttering problem?
There are four types of tradespeople that carry out this type of work:
- window cleaners sometimes offer this service as an extra and can be very affordable, especially if you are already using their window cleaning services.
- guttering installers and fascia/soffit firms often do gutter cleaning, unblocking and maintenance work.
- roofing firms should have all the access equipment needed to reach even high-level gutter systems.
- dedicated gutter cleaning businesses that do nothing but gutter maintenance work can also be used. Many of these firms own high-reach vacuum systems so scaffold equipment and even ladders can be left in the van.
Who’s the Cheapest?
In our opinion, dedicated gutter cleaners are by far the cheapest.
Many of these firms offer per metre pricing, so you know exactly how much the work will cost beforehand.
Also, because of the high-reach vacuums many of them use, they can easily clean hard-to-reach gutters while other firms may need to use costly access equipment to reach.
Here are some examples:
- above conservatories
- above extensions, sheds and other outbuildings
- narrow alleyways where ladders and access towers can’t be used
- above footpaths and other areas where pedestrians are present
- above roads and car parks
Who’s the Most Expensive?
Roofing firms typically charge the most to clear out and clean and clean gutters.
This is probably because they charge the same amount per hour for skilled work such as complex roof repairs and unskilled work like cleaning.
Does My Location Affect The Price?
Yes, it does. We have experience in gutter work but only in the south of the UK.
If you live further north then the prices may be slightly cheaper.
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It is a myth that that health and safety has banned the use of ladders. There are however limitations on how often one can be used.
A worker should spend no more than 30 minutes at a time on a ladder and other options should be used if practical.
For gutter cleaning, that could mean erecting an access tower or using a gutter vacuum attached to a long pole for parts of the gutter and using a ladder only some of the time, perhaps when repairing leaks or installing filters for example.
Job Prices is a research website - we investigate home improvement and maintenance costs in the UK.
The prices on this site are based on our experience in this industry, we also rely on advice from friends and colleagues who work in this sector.
It depends on how many leaves and how much moss gets washed down the roof and into the guttering system.
Every house is different but once per year is typical.
If your gutters become blocked even after yearly clear outs, then we suggest you consider downpipe filters, gutter guards and/or roof moss removal.
Gutter cleaning is usually done by either specialist cleaning firms or by gutterers and roofers.
We have been researching the "day rate" charged by tradespeople around the UK and we believe you'll find the results enlightening.