Fascias and Soffits Cheshire
Top Tips For Repairing Fascias & Soffits
When it comes to your roof and fascias and soffits, you can never be too careful. It can be very expensive to replace a roof, but if you’re a vigilant homeowner and keep an eye on your timber and tiles, you’ll be able to spot problems as and when they arise. Dealing with the occasional issue with your roof is certainly a better strategy than waiting for leaks to spring up everywhere – which will see you seriously out of pocket!
If you know anything about roofs, you’ll certainly be aware that fascia boards are particularly susceptible to water damage – and if you don’t act fast, you’ll find the wood rots, which not only looks unsightly but can result in other problems later down the line.
Luckily, it’s a very easy fix if you act quickly. First of all, check that the wood is still in good condition behind any peeling paint. If it is, all you have to do is sand and repaint your fascia boards. However, look out for signs of rot and if you spot any, make sure these sections are cut out and replaced as soon as possible. No doubt your contractors will know what they’re doing when your fascias and soffits are installed first of all, but you might like to check that they’re using galvanised finishing nails that are small enough so that the wood won’t splinter or crack. If you do spot cracks at the corners, use wood filler to fill them in, then sand them down. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to prime and paint your boards so they look beautiful and stand the test of time.
Another option you might want to consider is capping your fascias. This can be a lot cheaper than opting for a full replacement of your fascias and soffits. It’s also easier to do than replacing the whole lot and can be done in a day, depending on the size of your house. However, if rot is discovered, then the work will obviously take longer and it will become more expensive. Capping boards are a cost-effective solution for roof maintenance and they can help to protect the roof and support the gutters – but be aware that UPVC does not look as good as wood so if you want to sell later down the line, timber may be a better option.