When it comes to roofing, we all know it’s important to choose quality materials that will stand the test of time. But how often do you think about the other elements that contribute to this integral part of your home?
Soffits and fascias are often underappreciated, but their contribution to an aesthetically pleasing, problem-free building makes them an incredibly important feature. If like the majority of people, you’ve never thought twice about your soffits and fascias until it comes to replace them, we’re here to give you a better understanding of what to look for.
What Is Fascia?
The fascia board follows the lower edge of your roofline, fixing directly to the roof trusses. Its main purpose is to support the lowermost row of roofing tiles, and to provide the base on which guttering is fixed. So, not only does fascia create a clean finish to your home’s appearance, but it also protects it from weather damage.
Traditionally, fascia boards were made from wood, primed and painted for durability. While this is still the most cost-effective option in the short term, the downside is that the fascia will need to be regularly maintained and weatherproofed, and will eventually rot and need replacing. For this reason, uPVC is now a much more popular option.
uPVC Fascia Boards
Unlike wood fascia boards, which will require replacing over time, uPVC fascia is a long-lasting, durable option. It’s also very easy to clean, won’t require painting and doesn’t tend to cost much more than the wooden alternative. If you’ve ever had to try to clean your fascias and soffits, you’ll know that makes them worth their weight in gold!
What Is A Soffit?
The soffit board sits perpendicular to the fascia board, running the length of the roofline. The soffit is what you see from street level and from top floor windows. Soffits have two main functions as part of a roofing system – first is protection, second is aesthetic.
Soffits protect the rafters of your home from the elements in a similar way to the fascia, stopping weather from causing damp and rot. They are also vented, allowing moisture from inside the home to circulate and escape. By allowing adequate ventilation, soffits reduce the risk of condensation forming in your roof area.
Aesthetically, the soffit provides a clean underside to the overhang of your roof. Like fascia, soffit was traditionally made from timber, but uPVC is now the material of choice.
All of our roofline products, including soffits and fascias, go through multiple, vigorous tests to ensure their quality, strength and durability.
We make sure that the materials used are approved by our in-house experts before they are installed on your property, giving you peace of mind that your roofline products are the best they can be! Speak to one of our experts to find out how we can help on your next project.