Any one know roughtly how much I should expect to pay, to replace the
guttering (and downpipes) on a 3 bed semi (approx 25meters of guttering)
from cast to plastic, if I get a professional in? Trying to work rough
costs and if it is worth DIYing!
3 sides of guttering?
Depending on various factors, I'd charge around £550-650 to do that.
A large Compnay would be £1200+.
The material cost would be around £150-200, plus any paint and wood
you'd need to paint/replace the fascia/soffit while you are up there. It
may pay to cover the fascia and soffit with plastic capping/facing while
you do the guttering - it certainly makes them maintenance free, though
I dont like the look myself, I much prefer painted wood.
Be aware that it is a quite difficult job to do only from ladders, even
more so when removing cast iron gutter which will be heavier than you
think, so factor in the cost of hiring a scaffold tower if you DIY.
In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
You *can* DIY it - but it's a fairly awkward job to do on your own - much
easier if there are 2 or 3 of you.
If employing a professional, most of the cost is in the labour and the
access equipment rather than the materials - so you might as well use decent
materials, and make a much better job of it. Find a firm which specialises
in seamless aluminium guttering - they seem to exist in most areas. The
material is supplied to the installers as a roll of flat powder-coated
aluminium strip, a foot or so wide, and they have a machine in the back of
their van which straightens it and bends it into ogee cross-section
guttering of whatever length is required to go the width of your house
without any joints.
 Usually comes in a choice of black, white or brown.
from "Roger Mills" contains these words:
Any job is easier if there is more than one of you but plastic guttering
is not a difficult job. If the fascias are in good shape it is simple
for one person to do and without the need of anything more complicated
than a ladder, a screw driver, a level and a line.
As a previous contributor has said getting the cast iron guttering down
in the first place might pose problems due to the weight but in taking
it down gravity can be used to advantage if there is nothing below to
30 years ago when I put up my wooden guttering (wooden guttering is
probably just as heavy as cast iron) I had the assistance of a
neighbour. The sections I took down this year I did on my own (well me
In article ,
I'd look carefully at repairing the cast iron. It can have a life of 100+
years whereas plastic can give problems in 10 or so - it can crack if a
ladder etc is leaned against it as it hardens with age. Most cast iron
parts can be bought new or secondhand. Often all that's needed is
removing, replacing the wood boards and replacing with new brackets, nuts
and bolts and re-sealing things.