How to replace UPVC fascias in Aveley and across Essex
When it comes to putting up new facias in Aveley, you should not look any further than UPVC. Typically sold in white, facias made from UPVC look great, are extremely hard-wearing, require little to no maintenance, and don’t need repainting every other year. Although several people will enlist the services of a professional to install UPVC facias, this is a task that any competent DIY enthusiasts with access to scaffolding can attempt themselves.
Here with some step-by-step instructions on how to replace your own fascias with newer UPVC ones is Acorn Roofing Supplies. Get in touch if you require UPVC facias Aveley, Basildon, Billericay, Wickford, Laindon, Castle Point, Southend, or Rayleigh.
Remove the old fascia
First and foremost, you will probably need to remove the roof guttering before gaining access to the existing facias, which also need to come off. Some people will simply clad over existing facia, but this should be avoided as it traps in moisture and can cause serious rot in the structure.
On some houses, the existing facia may include fixings for telephone and electricity lines, which will need relocating onto the new UPVC surface. However, the appropriate utility supplier must carry out this job.
Check the felt
If you are removing wood fascia, then the building is probably more than 20 years old, which means the roofing felt under the tiles could have deteriorated. Therefore, you may need to replace this up to the first batten.
Try to ensure that it projects around 3 inches (or 75mm) over the fascia and is fitted under the existing felt. This way, any water will run onto the new felt rather than under it.
Lining up the UPVC fascia
Once you cleared the whole side of the building of guttering, you can start to line up the fascia by fixing a horizontal builders string along its entire length or width. You should then push the new fascia up under the ends of the tiles to check your levels.
Remember that it is easier to get the UPVC fascia straight if the lowest row of tiles can be pushed up and out of the way while positioning and fixing.
Fixing up the fascia
Using plastic headed stainless steel ring nails, which should be specifically supplied for the job, fix the fascia with two vertically at 600mm horizontal centres. If you position one near the top of the surface and one near the bottom, this will spread the load evenly.
Unless you want the line of nails to look like a mess, try to keep the vertical position of the nails consistent with the horizontal positions.
Check and rectify any repairs
Although you should remove and replace old soffit and bargeboard as well, this isn’t always necessary if everything looks in good condition. However, pay close attention to any rot in the ends of the rafter and repair using good quality timber treated with preservative.
This is because you will need to fix the fascia to the ends of the rafters using more plastic headed stainless steel ring nails. But once the first set of tiles has been pushed up, locating the ends of the rafters will be much easier.