Get quotes to replace a gutter

HaMuch is Excellent
By Emily Rivers
Last updated 26th September 2022

Gutters are an important part of the roof. They capture the water flowing off the roof, and channel the water to the downpipe to be drained away from your house without causing any water damage to your roof or walls of the home and without having the water flowing off the roof flood the perimeter of your property.

Gutters are prone to blockages. Leaves or other debris can collect in the gutter and stop the flow of water, causing the water to spill back onto the roof and risk seeping through into the home. So it is vital to have a gutter system that is in good working order, regularly maintained and connected to the downpipes.

How often do gutters need replacing?

Depending on what material your gutters are, will depend on the lifespan you can expect from them. The most common gutter material is plastic long lasting PVC gutters that will last about 30 years. Another common gutter material is aluminium which is tough and light weight and can out last PVC. Galvanised steel gutters have a general lifespan of 15 - 20 years. Despite them coated in rust resistance coating, over time the oxidation will eat through the gutters leaving them pinholed. More expensive copper gutters will last 50 years. Old fashion period homes may have cast iron gutters, these last over a 100 years and will add greatly to the character of the home or listed building.

If you notice that your gutters are;

  • cracked, split or pinholed where you can see water seeping through from underneath
  • overflowing with water
  • sagging
  • showing signs of water damage underneath the gutter

 …then it is time to call in the roofer to replace your gutters. Most newbuilds tend to favour plastic PVC gutters as they are the cheapest to source and easy to fit. They come in a few colour choices so they can be matched to the style of the house and the builder constructing the newbuilds is confident that they will last beyond the NHBC warranty. 

Aluminium gutters will add more character to a property, so when replacing your gutters go for a material that will best suit your home and your budget.

Cost to repair or replace gutters

Can I replace just a section of guttering?

Yes, rather than replacing an entire wall of gutters, if one section has been damaged, perhaps a fallen tree or it seemed less durable than the rest of the home's gutters, then it is possible to only replace that section of gutter.

If the original gutter is a few years old, therefore sun faded, the new section may not be an exact colour match, but it should not be too noticeable. If it is a section of plastic guttering that is already nearly 20 years old, it may be worth asking the roofer to quote you for a full replacement, as it is only a matter of time before you will have to replace the rest of the gutters. Keeping gutters free of debris, by having an annual clean, will always prolong the life of the gutters.

How much will it cost to replace the gutters?

Replacing guttering will be dependant on the type of material you choose (plastic uPVC at £40 per metre is cheaper than a cast iron gutter at more than £100 per metre) the amount of guttering needed due to the size of your house and the pitch of the roof, whether scaffolding is needed based on the height of the house and then of course, skilled labour costs for the roofer who may need anywhere from 1 day to 3 days labour.

Replacing the gutters may reveal additional work needing replacing. It may show the fascia board too weak to hold the new gutter and also needing replacing, which again will add to labour costs as well as additional materials. When replacing the gutters, new support posts / brackets should be drilled into the house to hold the weight of the gutters combined with rainwater rather than trying to place new gutters on to old brittle support brackets.

Cost to replace gutters

Per

Average total labour cost

Replacing 2 walls of gutters on a bungalow

Per day

£380

Replacing 2 walls of gutters on a terraced house

Per day

£300

Repairing a section of gutter or downpipe

Per hour

£90

Replacing a gutter support bracket or a gutter cap end

Per hour

£90

Should I replace or repair my gutters?

Depending on the visible issue of the gutter they may be able to just be repaired rather than going to the expense of replacing the gutters.

Sagging gutters could be a damaged support bracket that connects the gutter to the house, and replacing the post may solve the issue.

A pinhole or small crack in a gutter could be a 'patch' repair. This may involve using a sealant to waterproof the crack or small hole.

Of course, as previously mentioned, it is possible to always switch out and replace a small section of gutter, rather than replacing an entire wall of gutters.

If the gutters are often detaching from the fascia or the cracks are too big and weather over time has made the gutter brittle, then a full replacement will be best. If the gutters are constantly overflowing, despite being free from debris, this may mean the diameter of the gutter channel is too narrow to handle the amount of rain in your area and the gutters should be replaced for a wider and more efficient gutters.

Do I need gutters around my entire house?

A home needs gutters and downpipes. The amount will vary based on the pitch of your roof on all four sides, and if you have Dorma windows or roofs joining creating valleys, likely to flow more water down the gulley ways. If you have a traditional roof that slants up on side and down the other side, the two sides of the roof slants, will need guttering. So in that instance only two of your four walls will have gutters.

If you have a flat roof, where there is a slight inclination on one side, only the lowest side of the four walls will need a gutter.

The walls that have guttering above, each of those walls will have at least one downpipe coming down from the gutter. If you live in a terraced house, you and your neighbour will share a section of guttering that runs over both your homes and only one of you might have the downpipe for that side of the house.

So really, gutters around your entire house depends on the size of your house, as well as how many slopes or pitches you have on the roof.


Estimates for common roofer jobs;

Rates for other trades

Replace gutters cost in the UK
Replace gutters cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKReplace gutters cost
Replace gutters near Amber Valley£293
Replace gutters near Arun£299
Replace gutters near Ashfield£295
Replace gutters near Aylesbury Vale£310
Replace gutters near Barnsley£307
Replace gutters near Basildon£315
Replace gutters near Basingstoke & Deane£321
Replace gutters near Bassetlaw£306
Replace gutters near Bath & North East Somerset£296
Replace gutters near Bedford£308
Replace gutters near Birmingham£294
Replace gutters near Blackburn£285
Replace gutters near Blackpool£277
Replace gutters near Bolton£289
Replace gutters near Bournemouth£307
Replace gutters near Bracknell Forest£325
Replace gutters near Bradford£297
Replace gutters near Braintree£308
Replace gutters near Breckland£272
Replace gutters near Bridgend£271
Replace gutters near Brighton£305
Replace gutters near Bristol£297
Replace gutters near Broadland£272
Replace gutters near Broxtowe£293
Replace gutters near Bury£291
Replace gutters near Caerphilly£276
Replace gutters near Calderdale£298
Replace gutters near Cambridge£320
Replace gutters near Canterbury£283
Replace gutters near Cardiff£280
Replace gutters near Carmarthenshire£278
Replace gutters near Charnwood£284
Replace gutters near Chelmsford£312
Replace gutters near Cheltenham£297
Replace gutters near Cherwell£304
Replace gutters near Chester£288
Replace gutters near Colchester£307
Replace gutters near Conway£278
Replace gutters near Coventry£278
Replace gutters near Crewe & Nantwich£292
Replace gutters near Dacorum£325
Replace gutters near Derby£290
Replace gutters near Doncaster£301
Replace gutters near Dover£282
Replace gutters near Dudley£294
Replace gutters near Dumfries & Galloway£269
Replace gutters near Dundee£328
Replace gutters near East Ayrshire£333
Replace gutters near East Devon£275
Replace gutters near East Dunbartonshire£319
Replace gutters near East Hampshire£320
Replace gutters near East Hertfordshire£321
Replace gutters near East Riding£295
Replace gutters near Eastleigh£309
Replace gutters near Edinburgh£322
Replace gutters near Elmbridge£324
Replace gutters near Epping Forest£324
Replace gutters near Erewash£292
Replace gutters near Exeter£279
Replace gutters near Falkirk£315
Replace gutters near Fife£325
Replace gutters near Flintshire£290
Replace gutters near Gateshead£312
Replace gutters near Gedling£292
Replace gutters near Glasgow£322
Replace gutters near Gloucester£299
Replace gutters near Guildford£325
Replace gutters near Gwynedd£256
Replace gutters near Halton£286
Replace gutters near Harrogate£291
Replace gutters near Havant & Waterloo£306
Replace gutters near Horsham£323
Replace gutters near Huntingdonshire£334
Replace gutters near Ipswich£304
Replace gutters near Isle of Wight£304
Replace gutters near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£301
Replace gutters near Kingston-upon-Hull£284
Replace gutters near Kirklees£300
Replace gutters near Knowsley£285
Replace gutters near Lancaster£271
Replace gutters near Leeds£297
Replace gutters near Leicester£270
Replace gutters near Liverpool£285
Replace gutters near London£323
Replace gutters near Luton£322
Replace gutters near Macclesfield£292
Replace gutters near Maidstone£309
Replace gutters near Manchester£292
Replace gutters near Mid Bedfordshire£317
Replace gutters near Mid Sussex£314
Replace gutters near Middlesbrough£301
Replace gutters near Milton Keynes£303
Replace gutters near Neath Port Talbot£299
Replace gutters near New Forest£310
Replace gutters near Newbury£320
Replace gutters near Newcastle-under-Lyme£287
Replace gutters near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£312
Replace gutters near Newport£278
Replace gutters near North Ayrshire£331
Replace gutters near North East Lincolnshire£284
Replace gutters near North Hertfordshire£322
Replace gutters near North Lanarkshire£321
Replace gutters near North Lincolnshire£289
Replace gutters near North Somerset£300
Replace gutters near North Tyneside£312
Replace gutters near North Wiltshire£303
Replace gutters near Northampton£290
Replace gutters near Norwich£271
Replace gutters near Nottingham£293
Replace gutters near Nuneaton & Bedworth£278
Replace gutters near Oldham£297
Replace gutters near Oxford£307
Replace gutters near Perth & Kinross£321
Replace gutters near Peterborough£339
Replace gutters near Plymouth£293
Replace gutters near Poole£307
Replace gutters near Portsmouth£306
Replace gutters near Powys£289
Replace gutters near Preston£280
Replace gutters near Reading£323
Replace gutters near Redcar & Cleveland£302
Replace gutters near Reigate & Banstead£321
Replace gutters near Renfrewshire£333
Replace gutters near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£274
Replace gutters near Rochdale£298
Replace gutters near Rotherham£305
Replace gutters near Salford£292
Replace gutters near Salisbury£306
Replace gutters near Sandwell£294
Replace gutters near Scarborough£265
Replace gutters near Sefton£284
Replace gutters near Sevenoaks£321
Replace gutters near Sheffield£306
Replace gutters near Slough£326
Replace gutters near Solihull£285
Replace gutters near South Ayrshire£328
Replace gutters near South Bedfordshire£308
Replace gutters near South Cambridgeshire£320
Replace gutters near South Gloucestershire£296
Replace gutters near South Kesteven£286
Replace gutters near South Lanarkshire£297
Replace gutters near South Oxfordshire£318
Replace gutters near South Somerset£285
Replace gutters near South Tyneside£311
Replace gutters near Southampton£307
Replace gutters near Southend-on-Sea£309
Replace gutters near St Albans£325
Replace gutters near St Helens£285
Replace gutters near Stafford£297
Replace gutters near Stockport£294
Replace gutters near Stockton-on-Tees£301
Replace gutters near Stoke-on-Trent£287
Replace gutters near Stratford-on-Avon£280
Replace gutters near Stroud£300
Replace gutters near Suffolk Coastal£303
Replace gutters near Sunderland£309
Replace gutters near Swale£297
Replace gutters near Swansea£300
Replace gutters near Tameside£293
Replace gutters near Teignbridge£285
Replace gutters near Tendring£305
Replace gutters near Test Valley£313
Replace gutters near Thamesdown£300
Replace gutters near Thanet£275
Replace gutters near The Wrekin£286
Replace gutters near Thurrock£313
Replace gutters near Torbay£288
Replace gutters near Trafford£292
Replace gutters near Vale of Glamorgan£273
Replace gutters near Vale of White Horse£304
Replace gutters near Vale Royal£290
Replace gutters near Wakefield£304
Replace gutters near Walsall£294
Replace gutters near Warrington£288
Replace gutters near Warwick£279
Replace gutters near Waverley£330
Replace gutters near Wealden£305
Replace gutters near West Lancashire£283
Replace gutters near West Lothian£323
Replace gutters near West Wiltshire£303
Replace gutters near Wigan£287
Replace gutters near Windsor & Maidenhead£326
Replace gutters near Wirral£285
Replace gutters near Wokingham£326
Replace gutters near Wolverhampton£296
Replace gutters near Wrexham Maelor£290
Replace gutters near Wychavon£287
Replace gutters near Wycombe£327
Replace gutters near York£284