Fascias and Soffits
Fascias and Soffits are architectural terms that can be confusing for many of us, so what are the differences? A fascia, often referred to as a fascia board is a band of solid material attached to external walls directly below the roofs edge or overhang. These can provide excellent decorative features as well as providing great protection to your home. They prevent the entry of wild animals, insects and also stop birds from nesting in your roof space. Excellent weather protection will also be provided.
A soffit is attached to the underside of any overhanging roof area. As with fascia boards they also offer great protection from birds and wildlife, and also come in many attractive designs, styles and colours.
Which materials are used to produce Fascias and Soffits?
Both options are available in a full range of materials that will provide many years of service. You can choose from highly developed plastics and UPVC in many attractive styles, designs and colours. This is also a recommended choice if you are looking for a long term solution that is virtually maintenance free. There are also many wooden options to choose from a range of beautiful natural timber. A natural wooden option is a popular choice for many. Any wooden fascia board or soffit will benefit from an annual coating of a suitable timber stain to prolong its life. We can offer a highly cost effective after care service to deal with this for you. Our fully trained consultants will be more than happy to provide you with full details of this service.
How long should a Fascia or Soffit last?
The effective life of any soffit or fascia board can vary greatly depending on the elements it is exposed to. UPVC typically lasts longer than many other materials, and with very little maintenance required. Wooden structures can be susceptible to rotting if regular maintenance is not provided, regular waterproofing is essential to increase its durability. Damage and rot can often be caused by excess water exposure to your fascia due to damaged or poorly fitted guttering systems. We can also offer a highly professional guttering and drainage inspection, as well as repair and full installations. You should expect a well maintained wooden fascia or soffit to last for around 30 years, whereas a UPVC choice can easily last you a lifetime!
Should my Fascia or Soffit have Air Vents?
Fascia boards and Soffits provide for exceptional waterproofing and insulation, but our attics and roof spaces also need ventilation. The addition of an air vent to your fascia or soffit will protect your attic or upstairs rooms from becoming stuffy and greatly reduce the risk of mould or damp forming.
How to extend the life of your Wooden Fascia or Soffit
Regular maintenance can be time consuming and often involves working at height. We can cover any existing wooden fascia or soffits that are in good condition, with a protective plastic or UPVC covering. This will not only extend its life, it will also considerably reduce the need for upkeep.