We appreciate at ProClean that you’re not as excited by the idea of fascia and soffits as we are. Understanding your roof a little more, however, could ensure that you pay a little more attention to it in the future, so here’s everything you need to know about fascia and soffits.
That, in turn, should lead to better maintenance and fewer problems with your roof and the surrounding fixtures.
The roof is probably one of the most neglected parts of any home or commercial building. That might be because climbing up there and cleaning or undertaking repairs is a little difficult for most of us.
Not everyone likes getting on a high ladder and putting up scaffolding can be expensive.
Partly, though, it’s because few of us look up often enough. We suggest checking your roofline and roof every few months just to make sure there are no problems. Blocked guttering, damaged fittings and loose tiles can all lead to bigger problems.
What are Fascia?
A fascia is a long board that is fixed just below the lower roof where it meets the outer wall of your home or office building. It’s where the guttering is usually attached and is sometimes called the ‘roofline’.
In most modern homes, these parts of the home are made from uPVC but in older properties, they can be made from wood which is then painted.
What Are Soffits?
The soffit is often seen as part of the fascia as it fits underneath horizontally and at a right angle so that it meets the wall of the house flush. You will often see narrow slats in the soffit board and this is to allow ventilation. This prevents condensation building up and causing damage to the underlying structure.
The Benefits of Fascia and Soffits
Both fascia and soffits are more than just cosmetic structures to make your home look nice. Ensuring the edge of the wood from the roof is not exposed to the elements of the weather is important. Without these coverings, the roof frame could become damp and begin to rot. It’s also useful to have something to attach the guttering to.
Other Parts of Your Roof
There are some other parts of your lower roof that form similar functions. Box ends and bargeboards are installed to tie up the ends when there’s a corner. This ensures the roof is protected all the way around.
Maintaining and Cleaning Your Fascia and Soffits
If you have wooden fascia and soffits, you will need to check at least a couple of times a year to make sure the paintwork is intact. We suggest doing this in the Autumn and Spring. If the paint is beginning to peel or flake, it will mean that bare wood is exposed and this can then become damp in wet weather, eventually weakening the structure.
If you are one of the many homeowners or businesses that has uPVC fascia and soffits, it’s also important to check all-around your property. One of the key problems with plastic fittings is that they get dirty and are also at risk from issues such as mould. Dirt and mould not only looks unsightly it might even cause damage if left untreated for long periods.
Get Your Gutters, Fascia and Soffits Cleaned at the Same Time
Blocked gutters often cause big issues when it rains so having them cleaned out properly once in a while makes sense. At ProClean, we’ll not only make sure that your gutters are in great condition, we’ll see to it that your fascia and soffits sparkle too.
Contact our professional, friendly team today to get an instant quote.