Fascia and Soffits, What Does it Involve?

Your residence is the biggest investment you are ever likely to make in order that it seems obvious that you want to keep it a state of good restore. After all, if it’s falling down, you probably wouldn’t sell it or if you did you would not get its true valuation.

Next time your in your garden take a look up to your roofline, that’s the part that has the gutter attached to it, will it be looking past its best, is the gutter sagging or even has it come away from itself?, have you noticed birds nesting inside roof, these are just some of the things that could mean your roofline needs to be looked at before it gets any worse.

Birds nesting in between the rafters cause the truss ends to help rot, this is from the birds bringing wet grass in to build their nests, the body heat of the birds when they nest and also from rainwater getting behind the classe boards (the birds make holes in the felt). Rotten wood needs to be removed, it will not get any better.

Some people will probably opt to have the existing wood covered over, this is okay as long as the original wood is in good condition ie. absolutely no rot whatsoever, however if there is the smallest amount of rot etc . it really must be removed no questions. There really is very little difference in price to get having full replacement maybe a couple of hundred pounds.

To get full removal the first row of tiles should be taken away, approx 6 inches of roofing felt should be lower away. This allows the fitters access to the rear of the fascias and soffits mother board which in turn makes it easier to remove. Once the gutter and fascia is removed, the soffit can be inspected, in most cases the soffit could well be asbestos in which case it can be left in place, it does not decay and is expensive to dispose of, if the soffit is real wood it can be removed if needed, some fitters leave the current wooden soffit in place and cover over it with the completely new soffit, this is purely down to the fitter and does not skimp the work. sprockets should now be fitted to the truss ends, these are basically wooden batons screwed in to the truss ends that the new nails that hold the fascia with are nailed into, this is to stop any new claws being knocked into existing nail holes, you do not purchase a solid hold and the new fascia board may go a little.

Once the fascia board has been attached, it is time for any gutter to be fitted. This comes in either round, block or ogee, round or square are generally fitted instructions ogee is quite expensive, the gutter normally comes in three or more different colours, Black, White or Brown, there should be not any difference in the price for colours or style.

Currently the gutter has been fitted it is time for the venting process and bird combs (to stop birds re-nesting), that basically sits on top of the fascia board and falls under the existing felt, this ensures that any rainwater this gets between the tiles actually runs down the were feeling into the gutter and does not fall behind the fascia, the air flow system allows air to circulate the loft space and stops condensation forming. Please note: depending on the type of tiles you may have birds combs may not be needed.

It now just actually leaves the downpipes to be fitted, if your home has gables with fascia and soffit, they be replaced in comparable way as the fascia and soffit (with gutter) although there will not be any need to remove tiles, felt etc .

This all can be carried out for a relatively small amount of money, an average sized household with 20 metres of fascia, soffit and gutter and 2 gables with 10 metres of gruppo and soffit should not come to anymore that £1500.

Should you have a coloured fascia or a woodgrain effect be prepared to fork out almost double the price for white, unfortunately coloured as well as woodgrain are extremely expensive so beware.