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Guttering

Guttering and Fascia Repair Advice

From the ground, it may look like a new coat of paint will solve your guttering problem. But whilst painting fascia and soffits will certainly make them look better on the outside, it will not sort out the underlying trouble with rotting timber on the inside.

Unseen and untreated, rot in these areas can spread to rafters and joists, eating away at the structure of your roof, eventually making it unsafe.

Leaks from damaged felt, exposure to wind and rain, infestation, damage to sand and cement in the gable ends of your roof and a general inability to maintain these inaccessible areas, are all responsible for the development of rot.

If the problems are ignored they can accelerate causing expensive damage to your roof. The fascia and soffit timber is usually low grade softwood, maintenance is a regular problem and also expensive.

Out of sight and out of mind

More than 90% of homes should be replacing their fascia and soffits, particularly those built over 20 years ago. Originally made from low grade softwood timber, they are prone to rot and require regular maintenance, something that many leave until it is too late.

Those who try to keep them in good repair only paint the outside. So the fascia looks better, but the damage is being done on the inside. Rot spreads to the rafters and joists and eats away at the structure of your roof and home, potentially to causing structural damage. Take precautionary action and replace old timbers before it gets to this stage.

Capping over the existing fascia and soffit

Most fascia and soffit companies will sell you the quick fit ‘cap it’ solution where they simply fit new PVC fascia over the existing timber boards. Even if the new fascia is made of PVC, cover up jobs simply box in damp and hidden rot.

These ‘cap it’ jobs are also generally made of inferior PVC which is prone to discoloration in a short space of time. The ‘cap it’ job can’t be fitted with a proper ventilation system which means condensation can occur in your attic accelerating the rot in the roof structure.

If you don’t cap over, what can be done?

Everyone wants the outside of their home to look attractive but few of us want to spend our spare time painting or repairing timber roofline. Most homes have a surprising amount of exterior woodwork. If you’re happy to spend days sanding, filling, priming and painting then you might want to keep your wooden fascia, soffits and bargeboards. But most of us dread the job, especially as it means working 20 feet up a ladder.

Good building practices recommend the removal of all existing fascia, soffit and felt and the new fascia and soffit should only be installed with scaffolding to ensure a proper job can be done. You can’t do this work up on a ladder.