Replacing your soffits and fascias? Some questions for your contractor

by | Dec 2, 2015 | Construction and Maintenance

Few things detract from the appearance and value of your home more than rotting fascias and soffits, roofing and barge boards. When timeous repairs are not made, a building can appear down-at-heel and yet the problem can be permanently solved. If a homeowner is willing to upgrade from timber to uPVC products, the on-going necessity to attend to roofing problems will be a thing of the past. North Wales is in an area of particularly high rainfall, and moisture is the greatest enemy of timber. Thus, it makes sense to invest in non-perishable items that mean you can stop fretting whenever the weather is poor.

The process involved in replacing soffits and fascias

This is not a small job, which is why installing uPVC products as a life-long solution makes sense. The first step is to contact a reputable company that will quote you for the removal of the existing boards and the installation of the new. The quote will often have to exclude certain eventualities – for example, if asbestos soffits are in place, there is usually an additional charge to remove them. Using a company in North Wales to replace your soffits and fascias will probably prove more cost effective, as labour costs are more expensive in the south. Visit here to get more information.

Once the boards and soffits have been removed, your contractor will check the exposed rafters and will be able to see whether any are rotting – if any are, they will need to be replaced, which could also change the quotation. Once the rafters are restored to a good condition, the uPVC soffits can be fitted to the ends. It’s important that these are well anchored on the walls so that the boards are not lifted by wind. Check also that your contractor closes any gaps between the soffit and the rafter to prevent leaks and draughts.

Once the soffits are in place, it’s time to attach the new fascias to the end of the rafters. It’s important to remember that fascia boards support the weight of the tiles on the roof and the guttering, so they need to be firmly fastened in place. Also, gutters may fill with snow and rainwater depending on the time of year, and become much heavier, so this makes proper securing of the fascia boards even more important. Once this step is completed, the new plastic gutters can be put in place. It is suggested that these are tested with water to ensure that there are no leaks.

Choose a reputable contractor

There are more steps involved including the possibility of investing in a new felt tray and ensuring that a silicone seal is applied to all areas where the uPVC fittings have been secured. There are many contractors willing to complete this type of work, but make sure that you contact a reputable firm. They should have a satisfied client list and be prepared to allow you to conduct references.

To replace your timber fascias and soffits in North Wales, you need to work with an expert contractor. Morton and Jones have been assisting satisfied clients in the North Wales area for many years.

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