UPVC fascia and soffit boards are known to be alternative or replacement for the roof line. They have been manufactured and designed to last for longer. In some cases, it has been designed to last for the lifetime. In a very short span of time, they have become a norm in roof edge innovation and construction.
Typical project for replacement:
Usual replacement project includes erecting work platform or scaffold tower which take out the first row of roof tiles and then removal of the existing timber roof line. It is done before the new plastic board is installed. The replacement process is completed with the installation of gutter system and rigid eaves cutting the cost as well as saving time for the people.
Just like all other building procedures, that save time and money; same is the case with this replacement process. Homeowners select these procedures on their own that save them money and time. But at times we see them selecting the procedures that are not too much effective however they do save the money. People do so because of lack of knowledge related to the roofing activities. Over capping is one such activity.
What is capping?
Capping is also known over cladding. It is a method where the roof edge is constructed while the original boards remain in their place and new UPVC plastic is fixed. The method is cheaper as compared to the one where the older timber is removed and then replaced. The work can be achieved in no time as there is no need to remove the old timber. It reduces the time required to get done with the process. UPVC plastic fascia boards are cheaper in price because they are thinner sheets. As these boards do not support the roof tiles, therefore there is no need to spend on expensive boards.
This is indeed an attractive choice for the homeowners but this is not all.
Why capping should be discouraged?
Chances remain there that the existing boards need to be replaced. It is because they are at the end of their life and painting does not serve to be the right option. If you will fix a thin cap board to an unsound structure is a disaster that can happen anytime. If there is a rotten piece there already then in the sealed condition it spreads faster than usual.
In addition to this, there are several other problems that come with the over cladding procedures. For instance, will the finished task look perfect or not? In the same way, gutters in such conditions do not work properly which ultimately lead to potential leakage which can be further disaster.
In the same way, at times some frames of windows are few millimeters below the roof line. Under these circumstances, over cladding the existing boards prevents the window to open fully. It is indeed a serious issue.
UPVC products have been designed to last for several years. Most of the manufacturers offer a guarantee of at least a decade. It is also suggested that one should always inspect the fascia and soffits carefully before making the decision if you will replace them or will place the new ones on the existing ones.
Whatever you decide, you need to get it done by the professional roofers. UPVC roofline replacement is a serious activity and hence it should be done via professional company. Being a resident of UK, you must be aware of the Eagle Roofing.
Eagle Roofing is a roofing company serving the industry since more than last 30 years. We are a family owned business and you will not regret working with us. Access our site i.e. www.eagle-roofing.co.uk for more details.