Freefoam Fascia Board & Soffits

Fascia boards and soffit boards protect the roof line and are installed against the edge of the roof trusses so essentially 'face outwards'. PVC fascia boards are the part of the roof line that face you whereas soffit boards are the boards that are installed underneath the fascia to aid with ventilation and to hide the roof trusses and other unsightly building components. uPVC fascia boards are lightweight and strong that's durable in all weather conditions. Fascia board has to be strong and resilient as this is where the guttering is attached during standard construction, supporting the weight of a British downpour on a regular basis! 

Just because fasica boards, soffit boards and other cladding (like barge boards) are functional, it doesn't mean they have to limit the style of a home. There's no need to compromise on colour pallete or period character as fascia boards and the like come in an assortment of colours, shapes and sizes from our suppliers. Decorative finials and finishing touches can ad a unique take to an otherwise essential component of a roof. 

What is fascia?

Fascia, or fascia boards, are horizontal boards that run around the edge of the roof of a building. They overhang the walls of the building and close the gap between the walls and the roof. Fascia helps to prevent water and animal ingress into the roof and loft space, as well as creating a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, compared to open or rough ends of roof rafters. Guttering is attached to the fascia of a building, so the fascia provides an even and stable surface to be fixed onto, and must be sturdy to withstand the weight of heavy rainfall.

Different types of fascia

Fascia can be made from a wide range of materials, but the most common materials used to manufacture fascia are wood and uPVC.

Wooden fascia Wooden fascia boards are generally most common, due to the traditional use of wood in building, but also due to the affordability of wood compared with other products. However, wooden fascia must be primed before use, as wood is not water resistant so will rot over time if left unprotected. Additionally, wooden fascia will require repainting over time to replacing peeling paintwork.

uPVC fascia uPVC fascia, or plastic fascia, is becoming increasingly popular as technology and manufacturing methods improve - there are so many different styles, shapes and colours of plastic fascia boards that can be created, meaning that there is no need to compromise on achieving the vision of your finished home or building. Additionally, uPVC is a durable material that, unlike wood, will not experience rotting or warping over time, and is essentially maintenance free.

What is soffit?

Soffit, or soffit boards, are similar to fascia, but instead of running parallel to the walls of the building, they are installed at a 90 degree angle to the walls. Soffit boards are fitted underneath the fascia boards, to fill the gap between the fascia and the wall. Soffit boards help to create a clean finish on the building, hiding unsightly rafter ends, and blocking the gap between the roof and wall. This will also help to provide ventilation whilst preventing creatures or water from entering the roof space.

Different types of soffit

Soffit boards come as plain, all purpose soffit boards, or vented soffit boards, and are most commonly plastic soffit. The vented soffit boards minimise the risk of trapped moisture and damp air from getting into your roof space. Soffit boards can also be solid, or hollow. Hollow soffit boards are often chosen as they are lighter and easy to install, and have a tongue and groove profile that you can use to line up during installation to ensure the soffit is straight.

Fascia capping boards

An alternative to fitting new fascia boards is to use capping boards. Capping boards fit over existing timber fascia to create a new look, or add extra weather protection, without having to remove and replace the old fascia, which saves on labour costs and time, as well as the price of the products.

Capping boards are most commonly manufactured from uPVC, and can be easily fitted to existing fascia using plastic capped nails. However, it is crucial to check that the existing fascia is free from rot or degradation before fitting the fascia capping boards, and any poor quality or rotting timber is replaced.

How to fit fascia capping boards

To fit fascia capping boards, the first step is to remove all guttering and drainage pipes. Then an inspection of all the current fascia and timber must be carried out, and any rotten or degraded timber must be removed - the timber will be holding the weight of guttering, eaves tiles and capping boards, so must be sturdy.

If any of the fascia boards or timber are rotten, replace them or use a product such as marine plywood to create a backing. Then the capping boards can be fixed to the timber using plastic capped nails.Once the capping boards have been fitted, you can reinstall the guttering, and don't forget to add new eaves felt to protect roof eaves from rotting.

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