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What Is The Best Material For Fascias?

When it comes to your roofline, you need to make sure you’ve got all the right elements in place and that they not only look good but function as they’re supposed to.

When your roofline becomes outdated or damaged, the important elements such as fascias, soffits and guttering can become weak and won’t serve their proper function anymore. They also won’t look good either.

This is why it is so important to regularly check and maintain your roofline, including all aspects of it.

So, if you’ve recently noticed that your fascias are damaged or on the way out, it might be time to invest in some new ones. If that’s the case, this guide is for you.

Below, we’re going to take a look in more detail at the importance of strong, sturdy fascias and which materials might be best suited to your property.

What is a fascia?

Let’s start by quickly touching on what a fascia actually is, just in case you’re at all confused about the role this plays on your roofline.

Fascia boards are long straight boards that are placed where the roof meets the exterior wall. These are found on the lower edge of your roofline and are fixed directly to your roof trusses. The key purpose of your fascias is to support the bottom row of roof tiles. These boards also support the guttering that runs around your property.

Why you need strong fascias

Keeping all of the above in mind, it becomes much easier to see why strong fascias are a necessity. If you think about a large downpour of rainwater and how many gallons of water might be flowing down your roof and over your tiles, it’s vital that these are supported.

But not only this, damaged or cracked fascias can let water in, causing larger damage to your roof and could cause issues with your guttering.

Not to mention any gaps can cause heat to escape from your home, increasing your energy bill. It could also let small animals inside to nest in your roof, which can lead to further damage down the line.

This is why it is so important that you choose the right material for your roofline. That and the fact you want these boards to match or complement your roofline and make your property look good.

What materials are used to make fascias?

In order to determine which fascia material is best, you need to understand what options are available. For the most part, there are three types of fascias you can choose from, and these are wood, uPVC and aluminium.

These are typically used for different buildings. For example, aluminium tends to be used for industrial or commercial buildings, whereas wood and uPVC are most common on domestic properties.

As we’ve said, to determine which you need, there are certain things you need to consider first, so we can’t say for certain which is the ‘best’. But take a look at the following considerations, and you can decide which is right for you.

Wooden fascia

Wood is traditionally used a lot in building materials and is a very popular material for fascias. As wood is not water resistant, these boards must be painted and sealed before they can be used, which means that they might need repainting from time to time to maintain them. This does also mean you can easily change the colour of the wood to suit your style or the exterior of your home. Wooden fascias are also some of the most affordable, so they are perfect if you’re on a budget.

uPVC fascia

Next up, we have uPVC fascias. These have become more common in domestic properties in recent years thanks to their durability. Unlike wood, these won’t rot and won’t need repairing. This makes uPVC boards much easier to maintain. These also come in a variety of shapes and colours, so you’re bound to find the right style for your property. These can be slightly more expensive than wooden fascias, however.

Aluminium fascia

Finally, we have aluminium fascias. This is the most expensive option of the three, but these are far more durable and long-lasting. Because of the look, style and increased resilience, these are often used on commercial and industrial buildings. They are also much lower maintenance due to their hardwearing nature, making them much more convenient.

Take a look at the pros and cons of each of the materials we’ve outlined above, and you’ll be better equipped to choose the best material for your fascias.

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