When to replace your fascias and soffits rather than cap them

To maintain your house in good condition is essential for providing a home that is not only great to live in but one that it will retain its resale value; this is vital if you need to move sometime in the future. An important part of that maintenance is the roof, where fascia and soffit … Continue reading “When to replace your fascias and soffits rather than cap them”

To maintain your house in good condition is essential for providing a home that is not only great to live in but one that it will retain its resale value; this is vital if you need to move sometime in the future. An important part of that maintenance is the roof, where fascia and soffit boards can often lead to leakage problems if they are not looked after. If you live in South Wales and need someone to install your roofline products Cardiff has a number of reputable trades people and specialists.

Capping is one way to solve difficulties in this area and on the surface seems an easy solution. Rather than removing rotten timber, this is left in place, and the new cladding is fixed on top. The work involved can be done using a ladder, so will save on more expensive scaffolding and the number of work hours involved is drastically reduced.

As a money saving option, capping looks an attractive alternative but, there are some issues that homeowners need to be aware of before going for this option rather than total replacement. Fixing capping boards to an obviously unsound sub-structure is just building up problems for the future. Any rot will still continue to spread as now it has been sealed in by the covering new layer and does not have any ventilation. Even if there is no evidence of rotting when the capping takes place, any moisture that is present in the existing boards will be sealed in and eventually over the years become more and more unstable.

As well as the problem of instability, the over clad method for semi and terraced properties means that the gutters of each house will not be in line, which could mean there is a threat of leakage. Capping, when completed, will also reduce the amount of overhang of roof tiles in the eaves; this could lead to rainwater being able to get behind the guttering.

The most modern way to replace worn wooden fascia and soffit boards is with UPVC. This may be more time consuming and expensive than capping, but is in fact over the long term extremely less costly. By leaving wood deteriorating underneath, the nails will eventually work loose and leave fascias exposed to the elements. In the end, the work will still have to be completed.

UPVC as a material is not porous, and unlike timber will not be damaged by the elements. A roofline that has been constructed with this hardwearing material will never rot and require no maintenance for at least 40 years. The most that needs to be done to keep your roof area looking good is the occasional clean with warm soapy water.

To avoid ‘false economy’ and ensure that the roof of your home is easy to maintain over the years, as well as look good; then fitting UPVC and replacing wooden fascias and soffits is the logical and economical choice.