Adding UPVC cladding fascias and soffits to your home is a great way to protect the skin of your building and to add to the aesthetic appeal of your home. A few years ago it was common to use wood to clad homes and while this was suitable for a while, many homeowners are now starting to see that the wood is rotting, the paint peeling away, or just not offering the same level of protection.
PVC cladding is an inexpensive way to add a product to your home which will never need painting or other forms of maintenance (apart from cleaning once in a while) it will never rot and will last many times longer than the wood option.
A soffit is the name given to the flat boarding which is fitted horizontally to the underside of the roof at a 90 degree angle to the wall. This juts out under the overhang of the roof and can be plain or tongue in groove.
A fascia board is flat with a round edge and fits along the edge of the roof overhang just behind the gutter. As the name suggests this is the part of the system which faces out and it is the part most on display. The guttering is attached to the fascia and the board behind if it has not been replaced.
UPVC cladding is usually on external walls and can cover half or the whole wall. It is a durable material which will protect the wall from water and will maintain its looks for many years. It is important to ensure that the cladding used on your walls is not hollow as this is not designed for wall cladding, but for soffits.
Most homeowners who are looking to replace their guttering will also consider replacing the soffits and fascia boards at the same time. You may also think about cladding the outer skin of your home either fully or partially.
In most cases this is a job which can be completed by a good DIYer, but of course you can pay for a professional to complete the work for you as well. Either way, there are two main types of replacement fascia or soffit.
- Full strip: Most professionals will use this method. It involves removing the lowest level of tiles from the roof and fitting a rubberised or plastic strip under that row. This, along with the new fascia board will protect the whole area surrounding the guttering.
- Clad-over: This is the usual DIY method. This simply means that the PVC cladding is fitted over the current wooden fascia board. This method is easier but may not have as long lasting results. This should only be done when the wood is in good condition.