I live in a small 19th century terraced house and most of the roof gutters at
the front and rear have been damaged by the recent snow. (We had a lot!)
I had a chap from a local small roofing firm come and estimate for replacing
the guttering (a total of around 12 metres) and about half of the fascia
board. His estimate was £790 including VAT. Is this a reasonable amount?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
I would suggest that is quite a reasonable figure, providing the job is
done properly. Make sure the old facia is taken off rather than clad
over and I would suggest getting ALL of it done in one go. Make sure
the proper rustproof fixings and screws are used too, or it will be
back down again in a few years.
I don't think so.
Guttering, fixing to existing downpipes material costs, £100 to £150
Say 4 meters fascia £20-25
Call it all £200
I'd expect it to be a days work, go figure. I prefer to pay a tradesman for
his labour without paying for his boss's office.
That is an excuse to give a large quote. Scaffold is not required for
the vast majority of common housing gutter renewal.
I had a scaffold tower. Cost me £260 total - hardly a costly piece of
equipment for a business. Perfect for house guttering - easy to put up
and move, can be sited pretty much anywhere.
I got rid of it, as all the work I did was just as easy from a ladder.
Ladders are not 'banned' now. If it is safe to use one, you can.
For plastic guttering renewal, it is far easier to use a ladder, as it
will only be in one place for half an hour.
To the OP, I'd say a maximum of £500, even then, that sounds a little
over-priced. I charge £150 per wall for new guttering, inc. downpipes -
3 sided semi would be £450. Add another £75 per wall for new fascias.
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Humph yes, that's rather what I was thinking. It certainly won't take more
than a day, probably less. No scaffolding would be needed - just ladders
(it's a small house).
If I generously reckon £250 for the materials, then perhaps £500 might be a
more reasonable amount for the job?
Not a job I would take on, but I reckon its more than a single days work.
Assuming £200 for materials I'd want £320 for 2 days, so £570 - but it
depends on whether a tower is needed..
I don't think the estimate is that far out if thats the case.
Dave - The Medway Handyman
A neighbour yesterday had some similar damage repaired yesterday and it was
easily finished in half a day, with just ladders used to up to the damage.
So it seems my estimate was getting on for twice what I would call
"reasonable". So I'll definitely get another opinion. Now I come to think of
it the fellow who looked at it seemed rather more interested in my insurance
status than actually examining the damage. The trouble is that it's a
seller's market at the moment with every tradesman in the area suddenly
becoming a "roofing specialist"
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