FAQS about fascias, soffits, and guttering in Rayleigh

When it comes to the materials used to build a house in Rayleigh, most people’s knowledge won’t extend much further than bricks and mortar. However, there are countless other components that are just as important, which include fascias, soffits, and guttering.

But what do they do, why should you consider replacing them, and how would you go about this? Here to answer some common questions is Acorn Roofing Supplies, specialists in UPVC fascias in Rayleigh, Basildon, Southend, and the rest of Essex.

What are fascias?

Fascia boards support the first course of roof tiles and are fitted over the end of rafters. Guttering is usually attached to fascia boards too.

What are soffits?

Soffit boards are fitted to the underside of overhanging eaves between the fascias and house wall.

What is guttering?

Gutters collect rainfall and send it down into drainpipes.

Why should you replace fascias and soffits?

In years gone by, these components were typically made out of wood, which tends to rot and deteriorate over time. Therefore, you are often left with fascias and soffits that fail to protect your roof and home against the elements. They don’t look especially attractive either.

Why should you replace your guttering?

Because guttering has been made from heavy-duty materials for a while now, it might not need replacing. Simply give gutters a quick clean if they appear dirty and remove leaves or other debris to ensure water doesn’t overflow.

What should you replace wooden fascias and soffits with?

The best material for fascias and soffits these days is UPVC. Due to its hardwearing and durable nature, UPVC will stand the test of time and always look great. It is also available in a wide range of colours and finishes to match the aesthetics of your home.

What are some other benefits of using UPVC?

Unlike wood, there is little to no maintenance required with UPVC fascias and soffits, as it only requires occasional cleaning. The smart appearance of UPVC can also add value to your property. Last but not least, UPVC is 100 per cent recyclable and can be reused up to 10 times, making it extremely environmentally friendly.

Can you fix UPVC fascias to old wooden boards?

Technically yes. Known as a ‘capping fascias,’ this is purely for decorative purposes and should not be considered a replacement. Also, the existing board needs to be in good enough condition to support the new fascia as well as the first course of roof tiles and guttering.

Will you need the help of a professional?

In most cases, it is highly recommended to enlist the services of a professional to replace your fascias and soffits. Although the expense might be off-putting, it is well worthwhile in the long run.

What if you are a DIY enthusiast?

As long as you have the right tools, equipment and expertise, there is no reason why you can’t install new fascias and soffits yourself. However, because you will be working at height, you must take necessary safety precautions such as erecting scaffolding.