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Tips: How to tell if your fascia board needs repairs or renewal?
A fascia board is one of those home design elements that combine form with function. Not only do the fascia boards on your property give the exterior of your home a more aesthetically pleasing and balanced style, but they also have a vital role to play in protecting your home from water damage and pests.
Fascia boards, or soffits as they are also known, can deteriorate over time, particularly if they aren’t properly maintained. Here you will find all the information you need on what a fascia is, the function it serves, how to tell if yours needs attention, and what your fascia boards should be made of.
Firstly, let’s understand what exactly is a fascia board, and why is it so important? As long as your roof tiles are in good order and condition, do you need to worry about your fascia? Well, the short answer is definitely, yes.
So where is your fascia? Surprise – you actually have fascia in your body! It is a web of connective tissue which supports everything else, keeping it all in place. A fascia, also sometimes referred to as a soffit board, does the same for your home. It runs all the way around your roof, under the lower edge, bringing your roof and walls together in a way which provides protection. It provides a vital function in:
Acting as a protective layer between where the roof of your home ends, and your exterior walls begin.
Preventing rainwater from getting into your house.
Supporting your guttering to help it to stay in place, as well as acting as a support for your roof tiles.
Reducing the risk of pests entering your roof space.
So, now that you know how important your fascia is, how can you tell if it needs any repairs or general maintenance?
Obviously, if you are embarking on a new home building project, you will know that you need a new fascia. But, if you are looking at purchasing a home which is a number of years old, or you think the fascia of your current home may need attention, what should you look for? How will you decide whether you need to take action to ensure that your fascia fulfils its function?
It may not be immediately obvious that your fascia is damaged. Any problems can start off being small and get gradually worse. Gutters becoming clogged and cluttered and winter ice can cause problems by allowing water to get behind your soffit board rather than running off and away from your property. However, your fascia may simply be showing the effects of age and having weathered the elements for a long period of time.
You can alter the appearance of your home depending on the style of the fascia you choose, the colour and material it is made of. But, clearly, the most important factor for your fascia is that it should fulfil its function of providing support for your roof, your guttering, and keeping water out of your home. It goes without saying that a roof fascia should be able to withstand water and must not rot easily. That is why UPVC has become such a popular option.
Wood fascia can be subject to rot, particularly if they have been in place for a number of years. This can mean that your roof is exposed to damage, and that the look of your home is unsightly.
This is one of the major reasons that uPVC has become such a popular choice for fascia. As a material, uPVC requires less maintenance and becomes a more cost-effective choice. Furthermore, uPVC fascia boards come with numerous advantages such as improved aesthetics, very low maintenance, durability, a wide range of colours, and the availability of decorative boards on the market.
uPVC fascia is also often referred to as a PVC fascia board or plastic fascia board. Whatever name you give it, there are many great reasons to switch to uVPC fascia. So, if yours is due for a replacement, changing to uVPC can save you money in the long run, as not only do they look smart, but you will incur far fewer maintenance costs.
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