One of the secrets to keeping your roofing costs to a minimum is good roof maintenance. Regular checks and roofing inspections catch issues early, including cracks, moss, missing tiles and general deterioration. However, if there’s any damage your roofer has found, you’ll often have to assess the right path to take. You may decide to keep an eye on it and take steps to prevent it from getting worse, whereas many choose to repair, replace or upgrade their roofing. Two of your roofline’s features which you’ll need to maintain are your fascias and soffits.
Should You Replace Your Fascias & Soffits?
Fascias and soffits are an integral part of your roofline. The fascia board supports the lower edge of the roof tiles, while the soffit board is tucked away underneath, visible from the ground. The two act together to make your roof more weather resistant and ventilated while helping to drain rainwater away from your property. However, like many parts of your roofing, they will be subject to wear and tear, so it’s important to spot the signs they need replacing. Ask your roofer to come and inspect your fascias and soffits if you notice any damage from ground level, peeling paint, infestations in your attic or signs of moisture ingress within your roofing timbers.
The Best Materials to Choose
If you do decide to replace your fascias and soffits, ensure you ask your roofer for all the options when it comes to the right material for your roofline. If they have several available, they’ll be able to explain the pros and cons of each one. While some may decide to go for a high-quality timber, uPVC is fast becoming one of the most popular materials for roofline upgrades. A longer-lasting option is often the top priority for those investing in their roofing, so uPVC is a great solution. It’s also incredibly low maintenance, so will look and function well without hassle. However, if you’re worried about the artificial look, you can usually customise the material to appear how you want, including multiple colour choices and even ‘timber look’ designs.
What Does the Work Involve?
While it can be tempting to keep work costs to a minimum, it’s vital to use an approved, accredited contractor who has a good reputation in your local area. They’ll be able to talk you through the process of what the replacement involves, giving you a better idea about timeframes. For the fascias and soffits to be replaced, the bottom row of tiles will need to be moved first, for example, so it should only be performed by an experienced individual who knows what they’re doing. The existing roofline will then need to be removed, as well as any guttering attached to the old product before the new fascias and soffits are installed.
Need to replace your roofline?
Get in touch with the South Thames Roofing team. We offer reliable roofing services across South London and Surrey, including areas of Esher, Leatherhead and Kingston upon Thames. Call now on 0208 397 2900 for a free, no-obligation quotation.