How Often Should Gutters Be Replaced?

Gutters have a durable nature, meaning that, with proper maintenance, they should last for 15 to 20 years. Nevertheless, their durability does not mean drains have infinite lives. As time goes on, gutters will have to get replaced eventually. 

Failure to carry out a timely replacement will lead to several extra costs of repairs on the property and guttering itself. Sometimes, you may even have to replace the gutter before it reaches the intended years. That usually happens when substandard materials are used for the initial installation of the spillway or are not maintained well. 

In rare cases, the gutter depreciates faster regardless of proper care when the spillway is located in an area with extreme climate conditions. In that situation, your drain may last up to 10 years with the constant need for repairs.

When Should You Replace Your Gutters?

When gutters remain in good condition, they usually last for about 20 years. However, if the drain lacks proper care, its life can be reduced to half its intended years. The gutter would usually give signs there is a need for replacement in such situations. Overall, the drainage system would not carry out its intended purposes.

You will notice signs like;

Usually, when you notice any of the above signs, you need to contact a gutter specialist. They would determine whether it needs expert gutter repairs or the gutter needs replacement.

How Much Does A Gutter Cost In The UK?

The cost of a gutter depends on several factors, including your location and, especially, the gutter type. There are different gutter materials installable on your property, with different pricing. More often, you would find drains made with aluminium, stainless steel, vinyl, and copper in the UK.

Gutter type  Pros  Cons  Average cost per foot 
Aluminium  They are light
Aluminium gutters are inexpensive
They are easy to work with
Depreciates faster than most other gutter types
Requires repairs more often than other materials 
£3 to £5
Copper  Copper gutters are usually very durable
They perform aesthetic functions
Effective drainage system
Low maintenance cost
They can withstand harsh weather
They are more expensive than other gutter types £13 to £15
Stainless steel They are light
Stainless steel gutters are affordable
They are easy to work withStainless steel is durableRequires low cost of maintenance
Not good for locations with harsh weather conditions £6 to £9
Vinyl Usually the least costly gutter type
They do not require extreme maintenance
Vinyl is lightweight
When exposed to harsh weather conditions, vinyl depreciates faster. £3 to £5


Most times, before your next re-gutter, you would have carried out several repairs on the system. It is normal for the brackets holding the drain to go loose, or the downspout requires maintenance at some point. That is because, as the drainage system ages, the materials depreciate gradually too. When that happens, ensure you contact a gutter specialist to take care of it. That would save your properties from suffering further damages. 


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