Guttering Repair Costs
Material Costs, Labour Fees and Time Frame Estimates for Guttering Repair
There are several reasons to gutter blockages and leaks so the work that needs to be done in this part of your property will usually vary based on the actual problem and the type of guttering system you have. Most of the time, blocked gutters are caused by twig, leaves, and other debris.
Leaks along gutter joints can be another cause too. This isn’t surprising since the rubber materials used to seal the joints get worn out over time. Damaged or missing brackets can also lead to leaks, which mean that they require replacement. In the event that there are too many leaks in too many parts of the gutter and the system has been past its sell-by date, the best solution is to not attempt to fix these multiple problems but to just perform a complete replacement.
Your guttering is fixed onto the fascia boards. If your fascia is rotten, make sure that you don’t just replace the gutter but you include the fascia boards too. This would also be a great time to consider getting your roof tiles cleaned so you are sure that water runs off your roof effectively to prevent water accumulation and eventually, water damage.
If the guttering isn’t properly functional, water will overflow and leak and eventually will saturate your walls. This could lead to not only more serious problems but more expensive ones as well. Putting off guttering repairs can is never a good idea as you’re bound to even need to spend more money later on. However, if you plan on carrying out the repairs yourself, always be careful when working at height. Make sure your ladders are positioned on a firm and level ground, use bolt stabilisers if necessary too to make sure that your ladder will not rock whilst you’re up on it.
Make sure too that the ladder is properly secured before starting the job. Avoid resting the ladder’s top against your guttering. A stand-off is a good tool to use in conjunction with your ladder to prevent any more damages to the guttering. Scaffold towers are also more secure, especially if you are doing a considerable amount of work as it is a much safer tool for guttering access.
Whilst most guttering repairs can be carried out by experienced DIY–ers, it’s important to understand the risks involved. If you have a rather tall property, it may be best to sign up for professional services instead. Remember that when things go wrong, you’re more likely going to end up spending more in the process. For instance, you could use the wrong materials or employ the wrong methods which could lead to more damage to the guttering that would be even costlier to fix.
Gutters can be susceptible to bacterial growth. Rodents can live there and it may also contain bird droppings. So, if doing things DIY and you end up cutting yourself, see to it that you will see a doctor. Remember too that there are a variety of ways that you can injure yourself when working at height. Also, if you’re not confident about doing the task, always ask the experts to do it instead.
Costs for Repairing Gutters
Depending on the complexity of the repair, costs could run up to £50-£150 if you wish to have a tradesman fix the guttering for you. Most tradesmen would charge a £150 daily rate but getting the job done shouldn’t take more than 2 hours. Most of the time, minor fixes will do so a job could even take just 30 minutes to get done.
Individual costs for hiring the services of a tradesman to get your guttering replaced could amount to £150. This is for a gutter of single length for easy access, semi-detached, 2-storey house. Of that, £30 covers the materials, £105 covers the tradesman fees, and £15 will pay for waste removal.