How Much Does Concrete Gutter Replacement Cost?
Do you currently have problematic concrete guttering installed on your property? If so, you may be wondering about the costs involved with removing this type of guttering and replacing it with new guttering.
Most companies won’t replace concrete guttering with more concrete guttering as it’s known to have a lot of issues.
Most contractors will recommend the removal of your old concrete guttering and replacing it with uPVC guttering.
The average cost of removing concrete guttering and replacing it with new guttering will depend on a few factors. These factors include the size of your property, the type of material of the new guttering, and your location in the UK.
Those based in the London area can expect to pay more for the removal and replacement of concrete guttering than people based in the North or other parts of the UK.
Concrete gutters are found on many older properties. These were the ideal type of guttering for the past, long before uPVC. This is because there is no maintenance required. However, it was soon realised that these types of gutters were not fit for purpose.
If you have concrete gutters, you're probably aware of some of the problems that come with them, such as failing mortar joints, collapsing sections of guttering, damp and mould in your home, damage to your interior décor, and a lack of pitch, allowing water to sit inside the gutters for long periods, causing further damage.
So, what is the cost of concrete guttering?
For a full removal of concrete guttering and the replacement with uPVC guttering, you can expect to pay around £1,800-£2,000 for one side of the property, around £2,600-£3,000 for two sides of a property, around £3,400-£4,000 for three sides of a property, and around £4,200-£5,000 for four sides of a property.
Concrete Guttering Prices
Below is a table showing the average costs that you can expect for removing concrete guttering and replacing it with new uPVC guttering:
|Removing concrete guttering on one side of a property and replacing it with uPVC guttering
|Removing concrete guttering on two sides of a property and replacing it with uPVC guttering
|Removing concrete guttering on three sides of a property and replacing it with uPVC guttering
|Removing concrete guttering on four sides of a property and replacing it with uPVC guttering
- How Much Does Concrete Gutter Replacement Cost?
- What are the Supply Costs for New Concrete Guttering?
- What are the Additional Costs of Replacing Concrete Gutters?
- Tradesmen Costs for a Concrete Gutter Replacement
- How Long Does It Take to Replace Concrete Gutters?
- Types of Concrete Guttering
- How Much Does It Cost to Remove Concrete Gutters?
What are the Supply Costs for New Concrete Guttering?
When you remove and replace concrete guttering, you will need to choose a new guttering material for the replacement. This is because concrete gutters are known to be very problematic, so most companies won’t supply concrete gutters.
Choosing the right replacement guttering will depend on your budget and the aesthetic you’re looking for. There are many options to choose from, and the concrete gutter cost will vary for each.
The table below shows the prices you can expect to pay for various types of gutters without the cost of labour. Guttering is calculated per metre. The chart below shows the average prices for each type of guttering for various sizes of homes.
What are the Additional Costs of Replacing Concrete Gutters?
When it comes to removing and replacing concrete guttering, there are several additional costs you may want to consider and may need to budget for.
In this section, we will go over the additional costs that may come up with this type of work and the prices you can expect for each of these additional jobs.
Gutter Guard Installation
When you have a new gutter installed, you may also want to get a guard installed at the same time. This can help prevent leaves and debris from clogging up the gutters and causing issues.
The guard installation costs will vary depending on the type of guard used and whether or not scaffolding is needed for the installation.
You can get a hedgehog guard installed for around £200-£300 without scaffolding and around £400-£600 with scaffolding. If you choose a mesh guard, this will cost around £150-£250 without scaffolding or around £350-£550 if scaffolding is required for the installation.
While getting your gutters replaced, you may also want to further improve the aesthetic appearance of the outside of your property by getting the outside of your property rendered. The cost to have your home rendered will depend on the size of your property and the materials used.
Based on the average supply costs, you can expect to pay around £3,000-£4,000 to render a terraced house, around £4,200-£5,500 to render a semi-detached house, and around £6,700-£8,300 to render a detached house.
Painting the Exterior of a Home
Similarly, if you want to improve the appearance of the outside of your home, you may want to consider painting the outside of your home. The prices for this will depend on the size of your property and the type of paint used.
Based on the average prices for paint, it would cost around £550-£750 to paint a terraced house, around £700-£1,000 to paint a semi-detached property and around £900-£2,000 for a detached property. These prices are based on the average sizes for properties of these types.
Tradesmen Costs for a Concrete Gutter Replacement
When you get a quote for replacing concrete guttering, it will usually include the cost of labour and materials. In this section, we will look at the costs you can expect for the labour element of the job alone.
The average cost of labour for this type of work is around £200-£300 per day per person. The hourly rate you can expect to pay a concrete guttering specialist is around £25-£35 per hour.
How Long Does It Take to Replace Concrete Gutters?
The length of time it takes to remove and replace concrete guttering will vary depending on the size of your home. In this section, we will discuss the various durations you can expect for this type of work.
The list below shows the different types of properties and the expected timescales:
- Semi-detached bungalow – 1-2 days
- Detached bungalow – 1-2 days
- Terraced house – 1-2 days
- Semi-detached house – 1-2 days
- Detached house – 2-3 days
- Flat – 1-2 days
- Garage – 1 day
The timescales for this type of work can vary depending on the state of your roof and current guttering, the type of guttering that your concrete guttering is being replaced with, the ease of access to your roof, and the size of your property.
Types of Concrete Guttering
When it comes to replacing concrete guttering, it will almost always be replaced with a different type of guttering. This is because concrete guttering is known for creating a lot of problems with leaks, dampness, and falling mortar.
In this section, we will take a look at the most common replacement options with some detailed information on each of the different types. We will also provide a pros and cons list for each to help you decide which type of guttering may be best for you.
Concrete Guttering Replacement With Steel Guttering
This type of metallic guttering is low-maintenance and strengthened by a magnesium zinc alloy coat. The key material that is used for this type of guttering is steel which is made up of carbon and iron alloy. Steel guttering usually costs around £20-£30 per metre.
- Quite cheap
- Improved strength by magnesium zinc alloy
- Loose connections can lead to sagging
- Not very flexible
- Vulnerable to rusting
Concrete Guttering Replacement With uPVC guttering
uPVC is the most common material used for guttering. This is a plastic material which unlike PVC lacks BPA and phthalates. This type of guttering is the most inexpensive and easiest option, which is what makes it such a popular option. uPVC gutters tend to cost around £5-£30 per metre.
- Easy to install
- Easy to maintain
- Generally inexpensive
- It can become worn over time
- Prone to damage
Concrete Guttering Replacement With Cast Iron Guttering
Cast iron guttering is the longest-lasting type of guttering that you can choose. The material is made up of a group of iron-carbon alloys. It is extremely durable, but its long-lasting nature comes at a much higher price than other types of guttering. The cost for this type of guttering is around £60-£70 per metre.
- Very long-lasting
- Don’t require a lot of maintenance
- Difficult to install
Concrete Guttering Replacement With Copper Guttering
This is a stylish type of guttering made from a soft, ductile and malleable metal. Many people choose copper guttering for its aesthetic appeal. They’re not very common, but they are stylish, durable, and mostly resist corrosion. The price you can expect to pay for copper guttering is around £16-£40 per metre.
- Generally resists corrosion
- Stylish aesthetic appeal
- Some products will be quite inexpensive
- The wide price range means some products can be quite expensive
- It can take a while to install
- The whole guttering system needs to be copper to avoid the risk of corrosion (including the nails, fasteners, and fittings)
How Much Does It Cost to Remove Concrete Gutters?
In this section, we will go over the prices you can expect to pay if you are having your concrete guttering completely removed.
You may want to have your guttering removed if you are having a new roof fitted or you need a new guttering system installed.
Most people choose to have their concrete guttering removed because it is causing problems in the home, such as leaks, dampness, and mould.
The average cost of hiring a concrete guttering specialist to remove your concrete guttering for you is around £150-£250.
The time it takes for the contractors to remove your old concrete guttering for you will vary depending on the condition of the guttering and the ease of access to the area.
However, most competent contractors should be able to complete a concrete gutter removal within a day.
Some contractors may take care of the waste removal for you as part of the job. However, others may not. In this case, you will need to take care of the waste removal yourself.
You can do this through a skip hire which will likely cost around £60-£375. Alternatively, you could use other services such as a man and van service.
The cost for these services will vary from place to place and will mostly depend on the amount of waste that needs to be removed.
Q: Where you can buy concrete guttering?
A: Concrete guttering can cause a wide range of problems for homes, such as dampness and leaks, misshapen windows, damage to masonry, and white patches on walls.
For this reason, the majority of guttering specialists will not offer concrete guttering as an option. If you are adamant that you want to replace your concrete guttering with new concrete guttering, you will have to reach out to a concrete guttering specialist.
Some contractors may be willing to provide concrete guttering. However, many will not. So you may have to do a little bit of chasing before you find a company willing to offer this type of guttering.
Q: How is concrete guttering removed and replaced?
A: Most concrete guttering specialists will go through the following steps to complete a concrete guttering replacement:
- Erect scaffolding if necessary
- Cut off the concrete in sections with a diamond cutter, leaving the lintel in place
- Continue this along with all of the guttering that needs to be removed
- Cut and prepare the new guttering
- The new guttering is installed slightly away from the brickwork to avoid any damage
Q: How long does new uPVC guttering last?
A: As a rule of thumb, it’s expected that new plastic guttering should last for around 10 years.
This will depend on how well it is looked after and what the weather is like in your area. If your gutters are well maintained, they could last for around 20 years or more.
Q: What do concrete gutters look like?
A: Concrete gutters are very easy to spot if you know what you're looking for. They are designed in blocks and tend to be on older properties.
Originally, concrete blocks were installed on top of the walls of a home, and mortar was used to fix them in position and to fill the small gaps between each of the blocks.
Q: How do I maintain my gutters?
A: The best way to maintain gutters is to clean them at least twice each year. You should aim to remove all of the dirt and debris from the gutters and downpipes to prevent water from becoming trapped and not flowing properly.
Inspect your gutters regularly to ensure there is no visible damage and that everything seems to be working properly.
Q: Can I have my concrete gutters removed and replaced if I have solar panels?
A: Solar panels should not be an issue for a competent concrete gutter specialist. Most companies will have extensive experience in working with all types of roofs, including those with solar panels installed.
Since solar panels are becoming increasingly popular, this is now becoming a more common job.
Q: Will a concrete guttering replacement stop dampness from getting into my property?
A: Yes, if the concrete gutters are causing the damp to enter your home, then replacing the gutters with new ones of a different material will prevent any more damp from entering your property. Once your gutters have been replaced, the dampness won't disappear overnight.
It may take several weeks for the dampness to completely diminish. If you want to speed up the process of removing the dampness in your home, then you may want to use a dehumidifier, as this can allow dampness to dry much more quickly.