New Guttering Installation – Costs and Other Factors
Guttering Prices Based on House Size
If you’re concerned of the costs involved in installing guttering depending on how big or small your house is, note that size does have an impact on what you’ll have to cover.
For instance, expect a much cheaper guttering installation cost for a detached bungalow compared to a detached house. Usually, when your house is designed to have a rather difficult to access roof line or one that requires building an access tower, then installation costs will be more expensive.
For an average-sized semi-detached house, the individual costs for guttering installation would be around £500. Of that, £200 will be spent on the materials, £250 pays the tradesmen, and the remaining 50% should cover waste removal.
Sample Calculations on Guttering Replacement
If your property is semi-detached that features about 20 metres of guttering and maybe up to 3 downpipes for rainwater, replacing the guttering system can reach between £600 and £800.
The costs will already cover building much-needed access equipment so the tradesmen can work up high.
Also factored in is the cost for removing the downpipes and the existing guttering, the new uPVC guttering, downpipes and brackets, connection into the existing drains, as well as proper waste removal.
Figures are expected to change depending on the kind of roof you have. Fixtures with unusual design might need several brackets in order to extend proper support to the guttering will usually get charged a higher rate.
The same is true if you have a porch or a conservatory as this will likely result in access problems. If your home is a standard semi-detached property, the job shouldn’t take a long time to complete.
It is a different story, however, if a cast iron guttering is needed as this would certainly crack the costs up.
New Guttering Installation Details
Adding new guttering is eventually something you’ll need on all of your properties since the system. The British weather is particularly harsh on the guttering system and keeping water off the roof can get the system wears the system out.
Today, most properties make use of plastic guttering, thanks to its versatile look and how it closely resembles the look of a cast-iron system upon installation.
The job involved with removing the existing guttering and then fitting in the replacement system should be straightforward. However, since the installation is done from a height, safety is something that installers need to really emphasise on.
During the installation, the guttering system is attached to the fascia board. It is quite common for the guttering system to be done in line with soffit and fascia board replacements in the roofline.
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If you’re interested in doing the work yourself, going for plastic guttering will make the task easier on you. Take the time to measure your roofline to find out how much of the material you need.
Pay attention to the guidelines specified by the manufacturer to come up with the right estimates where fittings go.
Start by removing the old guttering system. If you had on a plastic one, then this should be simple enough to do. Cast-iron systems are a little difficult though.
The more so if they have corroded. In this case, you’ll likely need another pair of hands to get the removal completely done. Do see to it that your ladders are at a comfortable height.
Most importantly, do not lean the ladder onto the gutters. You don’t want the old guttering to just fall directly to the ground after being removed so, a netting positioned underneath would help prevent that.
You may also hammer some nails into the fascia board to help catch the pieces that you have taken off so they can be safely and slowly lowered down once you are done. Make sure to remove the entire guttering section, then remove the downpipes next.
When fitting the new guttering, start with the downpipe and begin the installation at the outlet section. The downpipes need to be positioned over the drains.
Once done, have the guttering fitted in, making sure to note a slight slope of about 10mm for every 6 metres of guttering to ensure efficient draining.
If you only see damage to a certain section of your gutters and the rest are looking fine, you can choose to replace that section alone and leave the rest be.
The state of your fascia board may not be that impressive especially since they take a lot of beating from the weather over the years. There are even instances when the boards get damaged during the removal of the guttering brackets.
Never fit new guttering to a rotten fascia board. Replace the damaged roofline first and whilst this will certainly add to the costs involved, it would at least ensure that your gutters are in the best position to keep your roof water-free.
Another potential cost you might need to prepare for is the possible damage on your roof tiles from the removal of the fascia boards.
Make sure to set aside the necessary budget for that too. Blocked Guttering and Leaky Downfalls Gutters usually do not get that much attention despite the major role they play in maintaining your property’s overall structural integrity.
But it is when they start having problems that people will realize how important a system it is. This is also why it’s important to keep them regularly cleaned to prevent blockages. Gutter repair can be costly but keeping the system well-maintained will at least help keep
that at bay.
Gutters are instrumental in keeping rainwater off the roof and directing it towards the drain. When these fixtures are blocked, rainwater can penetrate your home which can lead to some serious damage to the structure.
It can even cause some potential health concerns for your family. It doesn’t matter what material your guttering system is made of.
What matters is you make cleaning them a regular habit so they are functioning efficiently at all times. For most gutter and drain blockages, dried leaves, moss, and dead animals are often the culprit.
On top of that, the gutter joints could leak as well, which could also lead to damp problems. In the UK, most homes experiencing isolated damp problems pinpoint leaky gutters as the main cause.
Unfortunately, leaks are a common occurrence as a result of wear and tear, but this can be exacerbated by blocked gutters. So, it does pay to keep your gutters clean at all times.
If you suspect damp inside your home, always check first if it is not the gutters that are causing the problem. Look out for signs of on your walls especially when it’s raining.
Check if you have any sagged gutter section too. It wouldn’t hurt to step onto a ladder to check the real score on your guttering system. Make sure to spend time thoroughly cleaning the system whilst also paying attention to the presence of leaks.
When potential problems are spotted early on, this prevents them from actually becoming a full-blown disaster. This is also why annual inspections are a must.
Fixing Blocked or Damaged Gutters
If the guttering is blocked or is damaged and you know this isn’t a job you can carry out on your own, there are professionals who can take care of things for you.
They handle everything from debris removal to the actual process of fixing the gutter brackets. Usually, they will use a special ladder to safely reach up and will start with the removal of big chunks of the guttering that need replacement.
Wire tools are often used to ensure that your downpipes are thoroughly cleaned. If there are faulty sections of the guttering, this will be fixed too. If there are cracks, a sealant will be used to fill them up.
If the damage has extended to more than just a few sections of the guttering, they will likely recommend having the entire guttering replaced instead. There are many instances when removing the old system and fitting in new gutters will actually cost less than just doing some section fixes.
Plastic vs Aluminium Guttering
An advantage of plastic gutters is that they are cost-effective especially when you aren’t too keen on spending a huge chunk of cash in getting your home waterproofed.
One downside though is that they are generally less robust compared to metal, which means that they will not have a very long lifespan. You won’t also have that many choices with colours and finish. Whilst aluminium gutters are more expensive, they also offer the advantage of being more pleasing to the eyes.
The wide array of finishes and colours that are available make them very versatile to work with too. However, they do come a bit pricey. In the UK, more homeowners prefer to use the cheaper plastic option.
However, the recent years have seen an increased interest in these systems after people have realised the false economy that the cheaper plastic options offer. Aluminium gutters are more expensive to install but they will prove a more cost-effective option in the long run especially since they will not
require frequent replacements and repair. Professionals in the roofing and guttering industry also hold aluminium systems to high esteem since they know that its durability cannot be questioned.