Fascia and Soffits – they are a vital part of your roof but what are they exactly? What do they do and how important are they for your home?
The fascia and soffit system on a house, often referred to as the roofline, is the finishing where the rafters of the roof meet the external wall, and is one of the most important external features of any property. Without it the edge of the roof would be exposed and open to erosion and decay from the penetration of rain driven in by the wind.
There are many advantages of replacing older timber fascia and soffits for uPVC:-
- It protects the roof rafters from structural damage protecting and preserving the life of your roof.
- It provides a smooth, neat finish to the roofline, easy to clean and almost maintenance free.
- In a variety of traditional, contemporary or heritage styles, and a range of colours and finishes, there’s something to suit every home.
- uPVC is very durable and won’t be affected by the weather. It lasts longer than timber, doesn’t need to be treated and painted every year, and over time proves a more cost effective option.
So if the roofline on your home looks in need of some care and attention, we can help – call us to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.
Fascia: The long, straight board that runs along the lower edge of the roof. The fascia is fixed directly to the roof trusses and usually does all the work of supporting the bottom row of tiles and carrying all the guttering.
Soffit: The soffit board is tucked away under the fascia board. It is usually the board that you see most of from street level. The soffit can be ventilated to allow the flow of air into the roof area. Alternatively, ventilation can be provided over the top of the fascia board. Many people prefer the latter solution these days. Without adequate ventilation, condensation will form in the roof void increasing the risk of timber decay.
Bargeboard: This is the board that is used on the gable end of a house. The condition of the bargeboard can often make or break the look of a house, and over the years it has evolved into some very attractive shapes.
Under Eaves Protection: An eaves protection system fits under the sarking felt to project in to the gutter. It’s useful when the existing felt doesn’t project sufficiently thereby providing protection from water egress behind the fascia boards and causing damage from the inside.