Fascias, soffits & guttering

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Fascias and soffits play an extremely important role in protecting your home against severe weather conditions. They help to support the guttering as well as protecting the roof from water damage.

Without a fascia and soffit, the vulnerable spot where the brick meets the roof would be exposed. That’s why you must consider repairing or replacing your fascia and soffit if you spot any damage.

Below we outline the different options available to you when planning a fascia and soffit repair or replacement, as well as the best way to approach cleaning your gutter to avoid blockages or pests nesting in the piping.

Fascias, soffits & guttering replacement

There’s an array of different materials that fascias and soffits can be made from, and each has its pros and cons. For example, uPVC is the most popular fascia and soffit material in the UK because it’s affordable, durable and requires minimal maintenance. You can learn more about each material in our guide below.

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It might be time to replace your fascia and soffit if you notice any cracked or broken sections, leaking, peeling or rotten timber. A minor issue can lead to a more severe structural problem for your home if your fascia and soffit is in poor condition and left untreated.

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Gutter cleaning

It’s recommended to get your gutter professionally cleaned at least once per year to prevent issues such as blockages and animal nesting to occur. If left unchecked, these issues can cause more severe problems in the long run such as water leakage which can affect your walls, roof, fascia, and soffit.

Work to correct water leakage can be very expensive, which is why getting your gutter cleaned regularly makes sense from both a practical and financial point of view.

Luckily, gutter cleaning is a relatively inexpensive process and should be affordable for most people, no matter what budget you’re working to. A professional gutter specialist will normally cost you between £18 – 25 per hour. Most tradespeople agree that they can clean around 15 metres of guttering per hour. For example, if you live in a terraced house, it’ll likely cost you in the region of £50 to complete the job from start to finish.

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Gutter repair or replacement

Deciding between getting your gutter repaired or replaced is one of the most important decisions you can make to protect your home from the varied UK weather. Both options come with their advantages and disadvantages so make sure to explore both options before proceeding with the work.

Gutter repair is likely your best option when a small part of your gutter has suffered damage. It might not make sense to replace the whole gutter, but you must carry out repairs to prevent further damage from occurring. Repairing your gutter will extend your gutter’s lifespan by making it stronger and sturdier.

Replacing your gutter gives you more peace of mind than repairing it because you know it will last longer and be more protected against the elements. It’ll require less maintenance than gutters that have been repaired because of the new materials. Also, a new set of gutters can greatly increase your home’s curb appeal and make it more attractive to potential buyers when you decide to move.

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Fascias, soffits and guttering FAQ

What are soffit and fascia boards?

Soffit and fascia bargeboards are the boards used on the sides of your roof without guttering. The main purpose of bargeboards is to increase the aesthetic appeal of your home and match the sides with and without guttering.

They also act as the first layer of protection of the more sensitive materials underneath and protects them from harsh weather conditions. Normally, most people opt to have the colour of their bargeboards matching the rest of the roofline structure, such as the fascia and soffit.

When to replace soffits and fascia boards

If you notice that your fascia and soffit bargeboards are looking worse for wear, then it’s best to replace them as they play an important role in protecting your home. If they are left in a bad state, it could cause more serious damage to occur which could impact your roof and walls.

Here’s what to look out for when deciding whether to replace your fascia and soffit bargeboards:

  • Evidence of rotting: As most bargeboards are made from timber, the biggest thing to look out for is evidence of rot. If a bargeboard has begun to rot, it means that it’s not protecting your home as it should. This greatly increases the risk of water seeping into your home and causing further structural issues.
  • Peeling paint: If the paint is beginning to peel, this is likely because water has made its way under the surface. It then rests between the material and the paint, causing peeling and bubbling.
  • Water leakage: If you notice damp patches on your roof or walls, then you must seek the advice of a professional tradesperson at the earliest convenience. This shows that there is an issue with the external protection of your home, such as the bargeboards, which is letting water into the property.

Checking certification / accreditation

One of the key things to look out for when choosing a professional fascia, soffit and gutter specialist is their certifications and accreditations. If they possess the credentials listed below, you give yourself the best chance of choosing a tradesperson who will carry out the work to the highest standard.

Soffit, fascia, and guttering accreditations

Accreditation What does it mean?
BBA Certified The UK’s biggest approval body for construction workers and tradespeople, a BBA certificate is recognised throughout the UK and is awarded to installers who use official products.
TrustMark The government-endorsed scheme seeks to improve consumer confidence in tradespeople such as roofers by reassuring them of their quality and trustworthiness.
Federation Of Master Builders (FMB) The most established trade association in the UK. A strict vetting process is carried out before a tradesperson can join FMB, as well as signing up to the code of practice.

I have heard about fascia capping. Is it better than replacing it with uPVC fascias?

Whether it’s best to replace a fascia or use capping to add further protection really depends on your circumstances. The two main things to consider are the financial cost and the longevity of the fascia.

Capping a fascia is the most cost-efficient option available if the issue you’re fixing isn’t too severe. This involves adding a uPVC fascia board to the existing fascia. Due to the minimal amount of work needed to complete the job, it’s a relatively inexpensive procedure. However, if the fascia board underneath has begun to rot, it will continue to get worse despite adding a uPVC cap.

If you notice damage to your fascia but intend to stay in your home for the foreseeable future, then it might be a good idea to opt for a fascia replacement. By replacing the fascia, you will ‘futureproof’ it and ensure that your home benefits from the best protection possible.

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