The Benefits Of Installing uPVC Cladding, Fascias and Soffits
Fascia board suppliers are increasingly seeing the use of UPVC fascia boards, soffits and cladding. Most commonly used for doors and window frames, homeowners and builders are increasingly looking to the use of UPVC fascias and soffits, as well as cladding, because they offer the durability and water protection which – long term – wood can lack.
UPVC fascia boards
Fascia boards are the boards you see at the edge of your roofline, protecting it in a number of ways. Fascias cover and protect the edges of your roof tiles, as well as enclosing roof rafters, thus protecting them from the elements.
The key benefit of using UPVC fascia boards is their durability. Unlike timber boards, which are absorbent and will rot if penetrated by water, high quality UPVC is waterproof.
UPVC fascia board suppliers now offer a range of colours and sizes, which gives much more design freedom. The range includes wood effect UPVC fascias can be very realistic, offering the look of timber without its shorter lifespan.
These fascias are easy to install, making them a less expensive and disruptive option when upgrading your roofline. They are also easier and cheaper to maintain, needing simply a quick clean rather than regular repainting or varnishing.
UPVC capping boards are also available for a wide range of fascias, which provide a UPVC cap which can be fitted onto the end of a timber fascia. It is generally recommended to replace the entire fascia, however capping boards may be a more affordable option if timber fascias are in good condition.
Cladding is when an extra layer is added to the exterior of a house or property. Its purpose is usually to protect the fabric of the house, provide an extra layer of insulation and/or for aesthetic purposes – simply to make the building look better, or more in keeping with the architecture of the surrounding environment.
Timber cladding has been a popular choice due to its durability and good looks. UPVC cladding however offers more durability, due to the watertight nature of the material. Being more lightweight, it also puts less stress on the building structure, while providing top quality insulation and protection against the elements.
As with UPVC fascias, cladding also comes in a wide range of colours and styles – including convincing wood effect – and a range of sizes. UPVC joint trims mean that cladding can extend across the entirety of the property’s external surface, with these finishing trims offering a clean look and added protection.
It effectively insulates the house making it an energy efficient option for your property. Unlike wood it will not rot or soften over time, making it a more effective and long term solution for keeping birds and vermin from getting into your house.
UPVC soffit boards
Soffits are the boards which cover and protect the underside of the roof rafters at the edge of your roofline. They are less visible than your fascia boards, but just as important in protecting your roof and walls.
When soffits fail, water can penetrate the roof rafters, leading potentially to serious and expensive damage to the overall roofing structure. UPVC soffits are waterproof, proving more effective at protecting your roof over the long term than timber soffit boards.
A vented soffit is also highly effective at keeping your roof space well ventilated, further preventing damage due to build up of condensation, mould or mildew.
As with all UPVC building materials, UPVC for soffits offers a large selection of colours, effects and sizing, giving more scope for creativity with the exterior design of your house, boosting kerb appeal.
They also share the material’s long wearing and easy-clean features, and are relatively maintenance free, not requiring regular painting or maintenance like wood equivalents.