Soffits and fascias are important for maintaining a healthy roof. A poorly-fitted set can cause damage to your home’s structure. They also help to create a good curb-appeal. Whether you are selling your home or just want to preserve its value, it is a good idea to have a professional check your soffits and fascias for signs of trouble.
If you notice cracks in your paint, or the paint on your soffits or fascias is flaking or peeling, it is time for a replacement. A lack of ventilation can also lead to dampness in your home. Wildlife can enter your loft through holes and cracks. In some cases, the soffits and fascias on your roof may have been damaged by rodents. The presence of mould in your home can be harmful to your health.
Depending on the size and type of your house, your soffits and fascias may need to be replaced periodically. The exact time period depends on the material used to make the soffits, the style of your home and the amount of maintenance that you perform.
Most homes in the UK use wooden or metal fascias and soffits. These systems can last for many years, but require regular maintenance. In addition, wood fascias are subject to rot. The moisture from rain can attack the wood and cause wet rot. UPVC, on the other hand, is weather-proof. This makes UPVC an excellent choice for soffits and fascias.
When soffits and fascias are replaced, it is important to choose a contractor that has the appropriate qualifications. The City and Guilds website offers a database of contractors with the correct qualifications. They will be able to tell you how much the project will cost. The prices will vary, but in general they range from PS5 to PS40 per metre of soffit.
The cost of replacing fascias and soffits can be quite expensive, especially when you have to remove the old boards and install new ones. You’ll need to add the cost of labour to the total cost of materials and waste removal. You can expect to pay between PS20 and PS26 per hour for a soffit and fascias removal job. The price can be higher for more extensive work, such as installing a new gutter.
If you are concerned about the condition of your soffits and fascias, it is a good idea to hire a qualified and insured contractor. In addition, you should be aware of the Party Wall Act 1996. You should never attempt to do this yourself. It is important that your soffits and fascias are well-fitted, and that they are secured to the rafters. If your soffits and fascias have asbestos in them, you need to seek the advice of a specialist. Asbestos is dangerous when it breaks and causes a fire, but it is not a risk if left in place.
It is a good idea to choose a product that will last for many years. For example, aluminium soffit systems are lightweight, low-maintenance and offer good quality. They come in different colours and are available with a guarantee.
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