Step-by-step guide to installing UPVC fascias and soffits in Castle Point
On account of the fact wooden fascias and soffits can develop rot and become worn out over time, it makes sense to replace them with UPVC alternatives, which are much more hardwearing. On top of that, UPVC fascias and soffits don’t require much maintenance, will protect your roof against the elements, and tend to look a lot better than wood too.
But if you previously thought that only a professional can install UPVC fascias and soffits then think again. As long as you have got the right tools and take the correct safety precautions, it can be quite a straightforward job. Here with a step-by-step guide is Acorn Roofing Supplies, providing UPVC fascias across Castle Point and the rest of Essex.
Take down the old boards
In order to take down the old boards, you will first need to remove the first row of roof tiles and then cut back the existing felt to expose the roofing timber. It should then be possible to pry off the fascias and soffits with a crowbar.
Simply installing UPVC fascias and soffits over old wooden boards is not recommended, as it fails to get to the route of the problem.
Fit the UPVC soffits
Once the old boards have been removed, inspect the roofing timber for signs of damage or rot. If all looks good, make sure the length and width of each soffit is correct.
When it comes to installing, there are two possible methods. The first is to nail the soffit to the underside of the timber with a hammer. Stainless steel plastic capped nails generally give the best finish.
The second method is to fit the soffit into a UPVC channel attached to the wall using screws or adhesive. But with both methods, be certain that there is a gap between each board, as you will need to insert soffit joint trim.
Fit the UPVC fascias
Fix a horizontal builders string along the wall to ensure the fascias sit level and cover the front of the UPVC soffits. You can then attach onto the side of the rafters using two stainless steel nails to prevent buckling, pivoting, or shifting.
Seeing as the fascias will be holding the weight of the roof, tiles, and guttering, they need to be firmly attached to the building, so don’t be shy when hammering.
Also, try to make sure that the fascias aren’t covering up or obstructing any windows from opening, otherwise you will need to adjust their alignment again or even trim back the roof rafters.
Fit eaves vents and felt
Don’t forget to install an eaves vent to the top of the fascia, as this helps stop condensation and damp entering your roof even through UPVC joints and seams You will also need to replace the felt you cut away when removing the old boards.
Another option is to use replacement eaves felt trays that tuck underneath the old roofing felt. Because they overlap into the guttering, no water will leak onto the building off the roof.
Last but not least, put the roof tiles back in place, clean off any excess silicon sealant, give your handiwork a quick wipe down and admire the finished product.