Our roofline products
Durable, weatherproof and stylish
Our roofline products
Top-quality guttering, bargeboards, fascias and soffits
High quality installations at competitive prices
The roofline is the most vulnerable area of a building, exposed to all weather and at risk of blocked gutters, decaying timbers and rot.
There is an answer to this problem, a permanent cure that not only removes the worry of expensive timber replacement but also eliminates the need for repainting. By replacing your external timber with a quality uPVC maintenance-free product, you can forget about the endless round of repairing and repainting. It will never crack, peel or flake. It will never need a coat of paint or preservative – it comes with it’s own waterproof skin that will only ever need an occasional wash. Our roofline products include guttering, downpipes, fascias, soffits and bargeboards.
Features and benefits
Choosing roofline products will ensure you have superb quality material along with our watertight insurance-backed guarantee. Providing the right products for the right job is essential for a quality installation. We have put together a package of roofline products from fascias to fixings and from soffits to sealants each meticulously selected and rigorously tested to ensure you get the best roofline possible.
Other benefits include:
- Beautifully crafted sculptured designs
- Low maintenance products
- A 10-year warranty (insurance-backed)
- A wide choice of colours
Stylish with a finishing touch
Add a stylish touch to your home with new uPVC fascias, soffits, guttering, downpipes and bargeboards. Choose from a range of distinctive designs, all of which will enhance the aesthetic appeal of your house. Together with our range of featured soffit boards, this will give your home a unique individual look. To complete the transformation of your home, we can replace your old gutters and downpipes with a new uPVC rainwater system.
Fascias and soffits
A soffit is a covering that sits between the outer edges of your roof and the adjacent wall of the house, protecting and sealing the rafter feet. If your roof has a soffit (not all roofs do), you can see it if you stand underneath the overhang of your roof and look up.
The fascia is placed at the spot where the roof meets an outer wall (“the roofline”). Fascias, or fascia boards, are long straight boards found at the lower edge of the roof and are fixed directly to roof trusses. Fascias work to support the last row of tiles or other roofing material as well as supporting the guttering.
Rather than capping the existing fascias and soffits in the way that some installers do, we remove them. If the soffit boards are sealed to window frames, we remove them carefully so we can gain access behind the boards. The exposed rafters are checked for rot. The timber fascias and plastic gutters are removed and we recycle them.
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Materials and Installation
Your materials matter
To take on this type of project you also need both the right materials and the correct quantity of them. Most soffit panels come in 12’ lengths and are 12” wide. Soffit material is made in many configurations, however most of them are only aesthetic design changes. The one important design consideration is whether you use vented or non-vented soffit. Vented soffit has holes, covered by a screen which will allow air to move through the soffit and into the attic for ventilation. Non-vented is solid material and does not allow air flow. Purchase a good mix of both solid and vented soffits. A good rule to follow is 80 percent solid and 20 percent vented.
While soffits and fascia are traditionally constructed from materials like aluminium and wood, many homeowners are now choosing ones made from synthetic and composite materials like uPVC and vinyl because they offer easy maintenance and durability. A variety of colours and material gauges help enhance the visual appearance of the building’s exterior.
Pre-measure your fascias and soffits
Pre-measure all lengths of Fascias and Soffits and ensure you have all of the correct fixings. You will also need to ensure you have all the Fascia corners, Joints and Trims to hand. To join soffits you will require a Soffit H Trim. When joining soffit boards ensure you leave a 10mm (minimum) expansion gap between boards.
Installing the soffits
Drive a 1-1/4 inch shingle nail to the soffit framing to nail the J-channel in place. Install the first soffit panel, using a carpenter’s square to install it perpendicular to your house with the groove towards the direction you are installing. Notch and fit the first and last soffit panel around the trim and corners. Thereafter install the panels between the ends.
Attaching the fascia trim
To finish off the soffits and fascias, attach fascia trim to the fascia board. Place the top edge of the fascia trim below the bottom lip of your roof’s edge. Fix the fascia trim onto the underside of the fascia using 1 1/4″ coloured trim nails spaced as needed. Try not to nail the fascia board close to the end grain’s edge. Not only do they look unattractive, but it’s also vulnerable to splits, allowing water to get through. It’s best to nail along the rafter tail or the trusses’ end. Doing this allows you to nail the fascia along the roof trusses or the rafter’s ends.
Of course this all sounds great. But, you need reasonably high levels of skill and attention to detail to be able to complete this type of work successfully. First Home Improvements has been at the fore in this industry for over 40 years. It has the skill, experience and craftsmanship to be able to complete any roofline work covering fascias & soffits, bargeboards, guttering and downpipes. Please contact us now to see how we might be able to carry out this work for you, while you enjoy your home.