Are you considering replacing your roofline fascia, soffits, and bargeboards?
How much would a professional installation like this cost?
The soffits, bargeboard and fascia are all located along the edge of your homes roof line. It is designed to support roof tiles, guttering, and overall, provide insulation from the elements. These boards were primarily created from wood, but over several years PVC plastic boards have become the preferred option as they do not rot like wood and require a lot less maintenance.
Best Materials for Bargeboard, Fascia, and Soffit
When replacing bargeboards, fascias, and soffits, one of the best material options is uPVC. Installation of uPVC boards can save a tremendous amount of yearly maintenance while looking great. No need t repaint, simply wiping down the boards with a damp cloth will bring their shine to life. uPVC bargeboard, fascia, and soffit are available with wood grain effects such as mahogany and rosewood. There are also multiple colours to choose from although plain white is the cheapest option.
Here is a breakdown of what this type of installation will require. We will discuss the various costs involved further below.
Scaffold access to reach the roofline height
Removal of old fascias, soffits, bargeboard, and gutters
Remove and replace any damaged or rotten roof rafters
Install new bargeboard, soffits, and fascia
Install gutters and rain pipes
Replace felt and vents to eaves
Bargeboard, Fascia, Soffit Cost Breakdown
On a national average, this job could cost anywhere between £1,100 and £4,500 depending on the materials chosen, quality, as well as the type and size of the home. Working out the costs of materials and labour for an average 25-meter roof line surrounding a semi-detached home can cost in the region of the following:
Fascia, soffits, and bargeboard: £300
Additional parts and joining materials: £40
Labour cost per day: £230
Waste disposal: £80
Vents and eaves felt: £35
Gutters and waterpipes: £95
Running costs for project: £740
Generally, professional contractors will have their own scaffold. This will be needed to access higher roof lines in order to complete the installation. In some rare instances where there may be an inaccessible area, an independent scaffold company may be called in for specialised equipment. The scaffold can cost between £300 and £800. On rare occasions, it can cost more than £1,000.
Removal of Old boards and Gutters
It is always recommended that you have the old fascia, soffits, and bargeboards removed instead of installing cladding over them. However, in certain situations, this is acceptable such as when the existing boards are still in good condition.
Replace Rotten Wood
Rafters are an integral part of the roofing structure as it provides the roofs main support. The bottom or lower ends of the rafters are exposed to the elements which cause mould and wood rot. These areas need to be cut off, removed and replaced. Generally, when soffit boards and fascia show signs of wood rot, it is quite likely it has spread to the rafters. Any sort of wood rot or mould should be taken care of immediately.
Fitting the boards
Bargeboards, fascias, and soffits are usually fastened with nails which won’t rust or degrade. Most timber and PVC boards are available in 5-meter lengths. These are covered in a weather strip which allows, overall, for thermal expansion and contraction.
Gutter pipes should always be installed at a slight angle to improve rainwater flow into pipe outlets and vertical pipes. The spacing of brackets is important. If they are too far apart you could end up with sagging gutters caused by the weight of heavy rainfall. Joins and outlets should be fastened with screws to prevent movement during those hot and cold days.
Eaves Felt and Soffit Vents
There are several different types of vents to choose from, all in all helping to prevent condensation in the ceiling. Eaves felt is almost always degraded as it is exposed along the roof’s edge. It would be a good idea to replace this at the same time. Eaves felt helps improve water drainage and should always overlap into the guttering.
Disposal of Waste
This type of roofing installation will often have a lot of waste which contractors will need to do dispose of. Usually, it will take one trip or a skip my need to be hired.
Gutter Guards and Filters
Leaf guards and filters stop leaves and debris from blocking up gutters and downpipes. It is an optional extra homeowners should consider if the property has large overhanging trees. The added weight of leaf debris can damage your gutters and it can become a breeding ground for insects and pests.