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Soffits and Fascia Explained

Soffits and Fascia Explained

Soffits are protective coverings that are placed in the corner between the top of the wall and the roof of a building and are used as a sealant to protect the rafters from the weather. Most modern soffits are made of uPVC as they are not susceptible to rot like wooden soffits are. Wood soffits are sometimes still used to get a more traditional look but need to be well maintained so that rot doesn’t leave the rafters exposed.

A fascia is a board that is attached to the exposed edges of the rafters. Modern Fascias are usually made of uPVC as older wooden rafters, much like older soffits, tend to rot over time. Fascias are designed to seal the roof and protect your house from the rain and wind as well as providing support for the guttering. uPVC is available in a variety of styles and colours, meaning that you can decide to go for a modern look for a new build or a more traditional look to match the aesthetic of an older property.

If soffits or fascias have become old and damaged, or haven’t been installed properly, they’ll need to be replaced in order for your house to be protected. There are many telltale signs that a soffit or fascia is damaged such as, peeling paint which can be sanded and repainted to prevent further damage, or rot setting in, which should be replaced immediately in order to stop the rot spreading.

You should also keep an eye on insect infestations and if you live in an older property, you should check to make sure asbestos wasn’t used during construction.

Due to the complex and potentially dangerous process of installing or replacing soffits and fascias, you should always hire a trained professional to do the work for you. Once the rafters have been checked, if they’re in good condition the fascia and soffits will be lined up and fixed to them and soffit box ends will be build to specification to prevent any gaps and will be fixed to the ends of the soffit.. Once the soffits and fascia have been installed on a new build the ventilation and guttering can be fitted. While on an existing property, the guttering and roofing tiles should be inspected for any damage or wear. Once the work’s finished and everything checks out, you’ll have high quality soffits and fascias specifically designed to fit your home.

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