5 Benefits of Replacing Fascias
Fascia – often called the roofline, is the point where the roof meets the outer walls of the house. Due to the elements, this area can often deteriorate, losing its colour and strength. When this happens there are two options: you can cap over your fascia boards, or you can opt for a full replacement of your fascias.
Both options have their merits, however this blog article is going to look at the benefits of going for a full fascia replacement and why these benefits often outweigh the benefits of capping fascias.
Benefits of Replacing Fascia
- When capping over fascias, it’s imperative that wood is checked for rot. If the rot is simply capped over, this is not fixing the problem but merely covering it – which inevitably leads to further problems down the line. Fascia replacement eliminates this risk by removing the previous boards in place.
- Consider the protection that fascia replacement offers – you are entirely removing any existing issues and starting with a clean slate. Capping fascia on the other hand, is an added layer to your roof, which only reduces tile overhang. Tiles are meant to overhang on your roof to protect the wood underneath and improve rolling off of rain. Capping reduces your roof’s capacity to carry out both these functions.
- Replacing your fascia is often pricier, but for good reason – this guarantees a longer lasting solution and is more cost effective in the long run. This is because the guarantee offered with capping of fascia does not typically cover the sub-structure. Therefore if your old fascia causes problems from rot, this is not covered. It’s for this reason that we recommend entirely removing the old fascia.
- Replacing of fascia optimises the space around your home. When capping fascia you are adding an extra layer and this can often cause obstruction. When fascia is capped and allowed to settle from the weight of the tiles, it can cause windows or exits close to the roof to jam on this new level. Keep the level of your roof raised by opting to remove existing fascia.
- If your home was built before 1999, it’s likely that the soffit boards on your home contain some level of asbestos as this was common at the time. If you have the option, we would recommend removing these boards entirely during the fascia replacement.
Before Replacing Your Fascia
Before replacing your fascia, it’s worth putting a few questions to the specialist carrying out the work. They should have experience in replacing fascia, and should be able to answer what it is they are affixing the fascia to, should be able to advise if your gutters need replaced as well, and should advise whether scaffolding will be needed as this often increases the price of the job.
Ultimately whether you choose to cap or replace your fascia, all will come down to the specialist doing the work. In the wrong hands a fascia replacement can lead to weakening of the roof structure, which is why it is essential to check past work and experience before hiring anyone to carry out this job. Similarly, capping fascia without the correct precautions will only lead to further issues down the line.
Advanced Roofline is a leading installer and provider of roofline products in Northern Ireland. If you would like to speak to one of our experts on fascia repair or replacement, give us a call on 028 2582 0391.