Fascias, soffits and gutters are all parts of the roofline of a property that support the roof, protecting your property from the elements and preventing water from reaching your roof or property. While many are familiar with gutters, how they work, what they look like and what they do, many may have questions about fascias. We have put together a handy guide to fascias to answer your questions.
Fascias – What Are They?
A fascia is a horizontal board, or series of boards, that run along the roof line of your property behind the gutters. While they can add visual appeal to the property, they also have an important functional role to play.
What Do They Do?
Facias and soffits close the gap that exists between the overhang of the roof and the wall, stopping a build up of water in between and causing damage to your property offering protection from the elements. The fascia is the board that sits directly behind the gutters and then soffits are boards which box off the gap between the fascia and the wall. This system also supports the guttering and roof tiles. This means it needs to be sturdy and effective and able to stand up to the job while being visually pleasing.
What Are Fascias Made Of?
Most modern fascias are uPVC, some are wood, and some aluminium (although this tends to be for commercial properties). There are many benefits to choosing uPVC fascias for your property:
- Easy to clean
- Offers insulation
- Low maintenance
- Doesn’t warp or rot like wood
- Possible to replace sections rather than the whole lot as easy to match
- Available in many colours and styles
- Available in different thicknesses
Which Thickness to Use
Available in different thicknesses you may want to consider that thicker fascias offer more support to guttering and roof tiles and can withstand higher winds and heavy snow.
When to Replace Fascias
As part of our guide to fascias, it is important to understand when yours need replacing. If you are unsure as to whether your fascias need replacing, a visual inspection is the first place to start. If you have old wooden fascias, check for soft spots, signs of rot or other obvious defects. You should also check for leaks. If water is getting in behind the fascias, you are risking damage to the property. Any damage which weakens the boards will also put your guttering at risk too. Consider replacing to an alternative such as uPVC which is stronger and offers many benefits.
How to Clean uPVC Fascias
Cleaning fascias is the same as cleaning any uPVC. You can buy specialist cleaners that are specifically designed for the product or, you can use other natural alternatives as described here.
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