While most of us are aware of the larger areas of our roof such as the tiles, slates or felt, the fascias, soffits, and guttering can be easily overlooked. However, these features affect the entire appearance of your home and if your guttering, fascia or soffits have started to become worn, you’re likely to start experiencing issues including leaks, water intrusion, and roof damage. Here we’ll explore the topic of guttering, fascia and soffit repair and replacement so you can have the details you need to make an informed decision for your home.
Guttering is a crucial part of the roofing system of any home. Guttering is essentially a collection channel to allow water to be moved away from the home. Rainwater, sleet, and snowmelt flows down a pitched roof into a gutter running along the bottom edge of the roof. Unfortunately, guttering can also collect leaves, twigs, bird’s nests, and other debris. This compromises the water flow and can allow water to start to pool around the base of the roof. Pooling water is never a good thing for roofing materials, and it can allow damp to penetrate the roof and enter your home.
Regularly cleaning your gutters is an essential part of home maintenance to avoid potential problems. However, if your guttering has become loose or has started to deteriorate, it is essential to have it repaired or replaced to restore proper drainage for your roof.
Fascia boards sit below the roof trusses to support the bottom of the roof. The fascia is also where your guttering is attached, so it needs to be well maintained and strong, particularly in adverse weather such as heavy rainfall. Fascia boards are visible from outside your home and can be made from wood, aluminium, plastic or vinyl. Its primary function is to block the entrance of moisture to protect your home’s interior and your roof. However, fascia boards also add an aesthetic touch to your home, creating a smooth appearance along the edge of your roof.
Soffits are under the fascia board and can be seen from below. Due to this location, it is vital that your soffits are maintained regularly and kept in good condition. Soffits are not merely an aesthetic feature as they are also an integral component in the ventilation system for your roof. This helps to keep your roof space protected against rot. Any holes, cracks or damage to your soffits can compromise your roof space and allow damp to infiltrate, encouraging a number of issues including mildew, mould, and rot. Like fascia boards, soffits can be made from wood, vinyl, plastic or aluminum. Each of these materials requires different care and offer different benefits. For example, wood tends to be cheaper and offer a more traditional aesthetic, but it requires more care and regular treatment.
Fortunately, unlike many areas of your roof, it is fairly easy to see if your guttering, fascias or soffits have become damaged. If you notice any cracks, holes or sagging, you can rely on our recommended experts to help you with repair or replacement.