The roofline is the most vulnerable area of a building, being exposed to all weathers and sometimes to such hazards Fascias, Soffits and Bargeboards. as blocked gutters, decaying timbers and rot. There is an answer to this problem – a permanent cure which not only removes the worry of expensive replacement of timbers but also eliminates the need for repainting. By replacing your external timber with a quality uPVC maintenance free building 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.
Features and Benefits
Choosing First Home Improvements Roofline products will provide superb quality material together with our watertight insurance backed guarantee. We have found that providing the right products for the right job is essential to a quality installation. At First Home Improvements we have put together a complete package of roofline solutions from Fascia to Fixings and Soffit to Sealants, each product meticulously selected and rigorously tested to ensure we provide our customers with the best roofline system on the Market.
Stylish and a Finishing Touch
Add a stylish finishing touch to your home with new uPVC fascias, soffits, guttering, downpipes and bargeboards featuring traditionally inspired designs. Choose from distinctive designs – all of which will enhance the aesthetic appeal of your house. This together with our range of featured soffit boards give your home a uniquely individual look. To complete the transformation of your home we replace your old gutters and downpipes with a new uPVC rainwater system chosen from our range designed to compliment your homes new look
Depending on how picky you are, fascias and soffits can be a simple part of finishing up a project, or an annoying and profit-draining exercise in frustration. The outcome depends on understanding the challenges involved in installation, and the steps you need take to avoid soffit and fascia problems. To make your job easier, We’ll will cover all the important stuff you should know when installing your fascias and soffits. From handy hints and tips, to how far apart nails should be fixed, this handy fitter friendly guide is designed for trade professionals and DIY’ers alike..
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 do), you will be able to 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, often termed as the roofline. Fascias, or fascia boards, are long straight boards that are 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.
Clear old fascias and soffits first
Rather capping over the existing fascias and soffits as many ‘cowboys’ do, you should remove them using a crowbar/pry-bar. If the soffit boards are sealed to window frames with silicone/mastic sealant, this can be cut with a knife. The exposed rafters should then be checked for rot. If any is discovered it can be cut out with a saw and replaced. The timber fascias and plastic gutters removed are easily recycled at your local refuse center – cut them into small sections so they are easily transferred if you are disposing yourself.
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 aluminum 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 colors 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.
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