Fascias, Soffits and Guttering
IntroductionSmart, clean and durable - Protect your roofline in style...there are not many people who are excited by the thought of painting their fascias and soffits every couple of years.
The guttering needs to be removed to do it properly, that usually always results in leaking joints when re-fitting.Let's face it, a repainted timber board never looks as smart as a shiny new uPVC fascia board that will keep it's stylish good looks for decades and your roofline will compliment your building without breaking the bank.
What is a roofline? - It's the term us roofers & builders use to describe the perimeter of the roof so this starts at the fascia board where the roof meets the walls.
Advances in technology have given property owners an abundance of choice with colours and styles that suit any property if properly specified.
Woodgrain textured fascias & soffits give the additional dimension that you would normally get with timber, without the maintenance.
Cast-effect gutters compliment the more authentic period properties without the need to shell out for expensive genuine cast-iron, and the annual upkeep of painting them.
uPVC fascia boards will give your roofline an attractive, hard-wearing, clean-edged finish that's quick and easy to install for experienced fitters.
Fitting a stylish fascia and gutter can be the difference between a drab flat roof or a roofline that looks like its had some care and attention spent on it.Fitting quality fascias and soffits will add that extra finish that ensures your roofline compliments your windows, brickwork and building as a whole. Many flat roofs are single-story, the roofline is much more visible so the extra effort will pay off.
Glossary of TermsFascia Board
- A board used to cover and protect the end of the joists that carries the perimeter trim around a flat roof. The fascia is also the structural element that the guttering is normally fixed to.
- A ventilation strip can be added to the top of the fascia board to provide essential ventilation above the insulation line on a cold roof.
- The fascia is usually always replaced when upgrading a flat roof to a warm roof.
- As the new slab of insulation raises the roof level by 130mm, the new fascia covers the additional height.
- If you have an overhang on your fascia and it projects out to protect the walls of the house, the soffit is the underneath of the overhang which is typically one single board or for a bigger overhang an interlocking board can be used (Shiplap or Tongue & Grooved).
- These boards prevent birds and vermin from getting into the roof space and nesting.
- Ventilation inlets can be added to the soffit boards to prevent condensation build up in cold roof spaces.
- A typical full replacement fascia board will be at least 18mm in thickness.
- This is so it doesn't warp or snap as PVC is not as strong as timber boards.
- It's the outside 1mm of plastic that does the weather proofing on a fascia board.
- If your timber fascia boards are in a condition judged to be ok for capping, and free of rot and damage, a 9mm capping board can be mounted.
- The outside 1mm does the waterproofing bit, and the old but sound timber boards provide the strength.
- Capping is a much faster and cheaper job than full fascia replacement, it looks the same and is always a stronger job in our opinion.
- When fitting a full replacement system we will often use a new tanalised timber backing board for extra strength.
- As with fascia boards, guttering styles and colours are in abundance with a huge range of shapes and shades to suit every type and colour of building.
- If replacing your fascias, we always recommend new guttering as it's relatively inexpensive and re-using old guttering usually always results in leaky joints.
- If your paint is starting to flake but the timber is sturdy, there's a good chance that capping will be possible.
- Look out for soft spots or rotten timber, especially in the areas of flakiness.
- For an expert opinion, call us in and we will do that part for you as well as showing you the full range of styles and colours available
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