Looking for new guttering? Not sure which type of material is most suitable for your project or home? Here we take a look at the most common guttering material choices available in the UK today, and their supply costs.   

Information has been researched and gathered from a variety of UK retailer websites, and are based on 125mm Half Round Guttering systems and their compatible downpipes. 

Guttering Systems – Total supply cost

The following system quantities are based on a typical, medium sized UK family home.

 

PVC Gutters

PVC Cast Effect Gutters

Cast Iron Gutters

Steel Gutters Aluminium Guttering
24m Gutter £97.26 £332.76 £650.10 £220.61 £362.88
24 x Fascia Brackets £42.96 £104.16 £121.20 £100.72 £86.40
8 x Union Jointers £26.32 £97.12 N/A £52.51 £57.68
4 x Angles £20.92 £69.32 £83.76 £116.54 £55.12
2 x Outlets £10.10 £34.66 £41.88 £47.64 £49.72
2 x Stop Ends £4.36 £18.02 £20.80 £8.20 £18.02
           
12m Downpipe £46.48 £116.40 £516.33 £143.71 £129.80
10 x Pipe clip £8.60 £60.70 N/A £39.12 £64.60
2 x Swanneck offsets £7.64 £62.40 £106.72 £23.91 £46.44
           
Total £264.64 £895.54 £1540.79 £752.96 £870.66

Prices correct as of Sept 2021.

We can see from the table above and as most people would expect, a standard PVC guttering system is the cheapest material option available. However, cast iron effect PVC gutters, steel guttering and Alugutter’s Half Round aluminium guttering systems are comparable in their initial costs. 

Guttering costs per 1m

Using the total cost of each system from the first table, we have divided the cost by 24m for the guttering and 12m for the downpipe. This enables us to gain a relatively accurate price per 1m (including fittings) that can be up or downscaled to determine costs.

  PVC Gutters PVC Cast Effect Gutters Cast Iron Gutters Steel Gutters Aluminium Guttering

Gutter Price per 1m

£8.41 £27.34 £38.24 £22.76 £26.24

Downpipe Price per 1m

£5.23 £19.96 £51.92 £17.23 £20.07

 

Guttering costs when considering expected product life span 

The table shows total costs of each system divided by its expected life span.

 

PVC Gutters PVC Cast Effect Gutters Cast Iron Gutters Steel Gutters Aluminium guttering
Product Life (Years) 20 20 50 15 50
Cost per year £13.23 £44.78 £30.82 £50.20 £17.41

 

This is where system costs can change considerably. We have all heard the saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice‘. Most PVC and steel systems need to be replaced two or even three times within a 50 year period. There’s no doubt that cast iron guttering systems will last a similar period of time as an aluminium equivalent however, cast iron also requires regular painting every 10 years or so. This means you need to factor in additional maintenance, which can significantly increase the overall cost of ownership. 

Aluminium gutter and downpipe systems are extremely durable and require little maintenance. All Alugutter aluminium rainwater systems have a 50 year functional life expectancy, making aluminium the preferred choice for those seeking a cost effective, durable guttering system that will look good and last for many years to come!