What are Fascias, Soffits & Gutters?
Fascias, soffits, and gutters are the boxing areas around your roofline that will also take the water that falls on your roof away from the property. Fascias are usually fixed to the end of the rafters of your roof and are also the upstands that the gutters are fixed against. Soffits are the horizontal underside of the fascias, connecting back to the exterior wall. Gutters remove the rainfall that falls on the roof to the downpipes, which should direct the rainwater to your home drainage system.
We fit miles of fascias, soffits, and gutters every year, so it is strongly advised to drop us a line to have a chat with one of our friendly advisers on the options available for your home when it comes to fascias, soffits and gutters.
Different Types of Fascias and Soffits
UPVC: UPVC is a low maintenance way to protect your fascia and soffit area of your roof. This comes in most colours and because the lead content has been reduced, you will be able to benefit from a 10-year guarantee that the colour does not fade in the sun during that period.
Timber: Timber fascias and soffets are installed in order to match existing properties, and in some cases, the style of the property dictates the timber method over UPVC.
White: Fascias and soffits come in most colours, but white is most commonly used, and if you have white windows, this may be the correct colour for your home to offer consistency.
Black: Black is a more traditional colour, but it is more expensive than white.
Grey: Grey is the most modern colour for fascias, and it is slowly being introduced to the UPVC suppliers.
Fascia Board: Fascia boards are what your gutters are attached to. Your soffit sits directly below the fascia.
Barge Board: Barge boards are similar to fascias, but they are on the apex style roof areas. No uttering is attached to barge boards.
Box End: A box end or boot end is the bottom of barge board / fascia board to a gable end tying into the soffit area.
Overboarding: Overboarding is where you install cover board over timber fascia. This is a cheaper alternative to full replacement and is approximately 10mm thick as opposed to 20mm for a full replacement. We would like to note that although the price varies for full replacement and overboard, the guarantee is the same.
Different Types of Gutters
UPVC: UPVC gutters come in all shapes and sizes consisting of deep flow, squareline, ogee and more commonly half round. In most cases all are sufficient for you home depending on pitch of roof.
Cast Iron: Cast iron gutters are still in use for properties that are approximately 100 years old. If they are cleaned out and regularly maintained, they can last for decades.
Aluminium: Aluminium gutters are mainly used in the replacement of cast guttering and can be matched to most styles of cast for replacement and complete renewal.
Hidden: Hidden gutters, otherwise known as bonding gutters, are usually used in the joint between two properties and they completely separate the two complexes. These are a really good way of keeping two adjoining roof areas separate.
Traditional: Traditional guttering systems are usually cast, but if they are not maintained on a regular basis, they can be costly to repair and can become prone to pitting at the base of the gutter, resulting in small holes.
Decorative: There are many decorative types of gutter including downspouts, hoppers and all fittings.
Square: Square guttering is another style of gutter comprising of different materials.
Gutter Guard: Gutter guards are usually installed to prevent debris from falling off the main roof. These are usually installed on high pitched or roof areas on busy shopping areas etc.
Half Round: Half round gutters are a more common sufficient style of gutter, and in most cases, they are more than adequate for the removal of rainwater from your property.