Understanding Fascias and Soffits
Vital in the overall protection and security of your home, fascias and soffits play a pivotal role in the prevention of moisture penetrating your roof, reducing the threat of rot and decay. They provide smart aesthetics and sound structural integrity to provide the utmost protection and design for your properties drainage. Let’s take a closer look at fascias and soffits:
What Are Fascias?
A roof board found on the edges of the rafters of a property, a fascia is installed to protect roof structures and building interiors from suffering cosmetic or structural damage from exposure to the outside elements. Typically, they are made from uPVC but can be made from timber or aluminium and are especially effective at blocking out unsightly rain guttering and water pipes that are attached to the exterior of the roof, improving the overall aesthetic of your property.
What Are Soffits?
An additional covering that will comfortably sit along the edges of your roof and adjacent walls of your home, soffits protect the rafter by sealing it in. Essentially, a soffit is designed to protect rafters from the elements, keeping moisture away from the rafters and reducing the chance of mould, thus helping to preserve the life of the materials. Predominantly made from wood in the past, particularly timber, soffits are now commonly made from uPVC or aluminium to prevent damp, rot or structural damage from occurring. uPVC’s are generally considered the standard, as they’re durable, cost-effective and able to resist most weather conditions.
Here, we take a closer look at four significant advantages of soffits and fascias:
Relatively low maintenance, fascias and soffits are easy to install, providing they are durable and professionally implemented by a roofing company you can trust. Due to the use of uPVC materials in the majority of modern solutions, they require little to no maintenance whatsoever moving forward, due to their immense strength, resistance and longevity.
Fascias and soffits provide the front-line protection against the elements, resisting or reducing the impact of extreme conditions, be it wind, rain or snow. Due to this ability to protect a property’s exterior, providing insulation on your property, you will consequently save money on the cost of heating bills. The addition of double or triple glazed windows can work in unison with upgraded fascias and soffits to reduce energy waste and the cost of bills even further.
Upgrading your guttering system will not only reduce your energy consumption but will also have a profound effect on the overall aesthetic quality of your home. If your guttering system hasn’t received the appropriate attention and care, it can depreciate the appearance, (and potential value), of your property emphasising this importance.
In essence, fascias and soffits perform as insulation for your home. Designed to conceal the ventilation in your attic space and keep moisture away from your property, they are essential in protecting your home against cold or damp conditions.
At James Dunn Roofing, we provide a variety of guttering, downpipes, roof fascia and soffits. Our systems use first-class materials to ensure a longer lifespan. With 35 years of industry experience, we specialise in commercial and domestic roof installations. Get in touch with our expert team today.