30/04/2021 by Sanctuary Home Improvements 0 Comments
Everything You Should Know About Guttering, Fascias, and Soffits
Guttering, fascias, and soffits are essential parts of your home’s roofing. They play a key role in keeping pests and debris from entering your home. They also ensure that your home stays clean and dry in extreme weather conditions. These parts are not only functional, but they improve your home’s aesthetic appeal, too.
Now, if you are thinking about selling your home, sprucing up the guttering, fascias, and soffits will surely increase its value and entice buyers.
Investing in your roofing is also important even when you are not selling your home. Protecting your roof and walls, preventing damp and water damage – these are just some of the things that fascias, soffits, and guttering can do.
You might be curious to find out more about these key elements of a roofline. Here, we give you a comprehensive discussion of everything you need to know about fascias, soffits, and guttering.
A roof soffit is a part of the roofline that covers the house eaves or the part of the roof that extends over the walls of the home. This covering sits between the outer edges of the roof and the adjacent wall of the house. The main purpose of a roof soffit is to protect and seal the rafter feet. But not all homes have a roof soffit.
Soffits nowadays are made from uPVC. This material allows the soffits to be highly durable and stable under extreme weather conditions. It also lasts longer thanks to its amazing ability to cope with moisture. Traditionally, soffits are made with wood and you may have seen this many times in older homes.
Fascias and soffits typically go together. Without fascias, soffits would just look out of place and would surely fall apart as they will not have as much support. Fascias are the long, straight boards that run along the edge of your roof’s rafters.
They are traditionally softwood boards that are mounted to the exposed edges. But like the soffits, they can be made with high-grade uPVC. Many contractors would recommend using the latter for modern homes as softwood is highly susceptible to rotting over the years.
Just as the soffits are installed to protect and seal the rafter feet, fascias are also there to keep the roof intact. Roof tiles can be heavy, but fascias are there to hold the roof up together. Not only that, but they can prevent pests and other critters from entering the home.
Your roofline would not be complete without a guttering system, of course. Guttering is a key part of any home’s roofing since, without it, rainwater would just fall off the roof. At least, with guttering, rainwater will be directed to a drain, lessening the damage that water can do to your home.
Homes without guttering have problems with water damage. This is due to the water that pools in certain areas and stays there even after the rain. Gutters that are poorly installed could also overflow, which could be just as problematic. Making sure that the guttering is properly maintained is perhaps the best remedy to the problem.
What are the benefits?
You may be curious about all the other benefits that guttering, fascias, and soffits offer aside from what we have already mentioned. Don’t worry. Here, we have outlined them for you. To start, these parts are:
Extremely Energy Efficient
Fascias, soffits, and guttering serve as your home’s first line of defence against the weather, keeping it safe from dampness, rain, rot, and a whole slew of things that weather and time can bring. Be it wind, rain, or snow, fascias, soffits, and even the guttering system can help keep your home insulated. Tucked inside the confines of your home, you won’t feel the brunt of the elements outside.
Thanks to this structural insulation, you won’t have to warm up as much during the winters. The same can be said during hot summers. You can save a lot on air conditioning and cooling. You will surely enjoy looking at relatively lower energy bills every month. On top of everything else, Mother Nature will thank you for it, too!
If you wish to fortify your home’s insulation, investing in double or triple glazed windows will not be a bad idea as well. The windows will perfectly complement uPVC-made fascias and soffits. You’ll enjoy energy-saving benefits in the long haul.
We all know the burden of maintaining a home. The good news is that you don’t have to worry as much about maintenance when it comes to guttering, fascias, and soffits. Do not be mistaken, though. They do need routine maintenance every once in a while, but not as much as you have to for any other part of the home.
Once installed, you can enjoy the full benefits of these roofline components without having to fuss too much about their maintenance. Besides, if you really are pressed for time, you can always contact a service provider near you, like Sanctuary Home Improvement.
One of the things that can add beauty to the home is the roofline. Properly maintained and regularly cleaned roofline compartments are a joy to look at. Not to mention that they also help make the home look in good shape.
Guttering systems that are dilapidated and falling out of place can depreciate not only the appearance of your home but also its value. Potential buyers may see it as a sign of leaking or other problems associated with the guttering. You wouldn’t want to discourage any onlookers if you are planning to sell your property.
Regardless if you are planning to sell it or not, coming home to a beautiful home helps relax and calm the senses after a long day. So, even though we mentioned that they are relatively low-maintenance, it does not mean that you can neglect these components altogether.
Good at Protecting Your Home
Protecting your home from environmental elements is important to keep the dampness, rain, rot, and so many possible threats at bay. Without fascias, soffits, and guttering, your home would easily be susceptible to outside dangers.
Wet weather is particularly a tough nemesis to avoid. But thanks to a robust roofline, you can rest easy knowing that your house won’t fall apart soon enough.
How to Choose Your Guttering, Fascias, and Soffits Fitters
Now that you know the fundamentals of fascias, soffits, and guttering, you must be wondering how to choose the right fitters. Remember that the installation is just as important as the materials. Choose a fitter who has narrow experience and will not run the risk of getting subpar services.
Here are some important things you have to consider in choosing a fitter:
1. Have they worked on your particular type of home before? Do they have a gallery of past projects?
Perhaps the first thing that you should do before calling up your local fitter is to examine the types of homes that they have worked on before. You can make your enquiry during your initial consultation over the phone or in person. You may also check their project archive or gallery to properly see their projects in completion.
Notice any imperfections in the photo – any awkwardly finished corners, any gaps between the boards, anything that looks out of place must be noted. If you are quite inexperienced in this area, you may want to call on someone more knowledgeable who can point the flaws to you.
2. What kind of fixings do they use?
Any fitter with enough experience will know that ring shank nails are the most acceptable option for the job. Ring shank nails are often called poly top pins and are very effective at fixing everything from the guttering to the soffits to the roof.
3. Do they have insurance for accidents and any damage to your property?
Insurance protects the installers against any claims of liability, personal injury, or property damage that may occur when they conduct their tasks in your home. Fitters without public liability insurance are only leaving you vulnerable to all kinds of issues that may arise as they are doing their job. They may even have to ask you to pay for the damages instead.
Remember to enquire about their insurance and how much it covers. If you are still hesitant, you can always ask for a certificate to verify their insurance status. Otherwise, it is best to steer clear of fitters without any insurance.
4. Are they going to use scaffolding?
Fascia and soffit fitters who have spent a significant amount of time in the business will most likely set up their own temporary work platforms to carry out the tasks. Costs can easily rack up if they decide to use a full scaffold. However, a full scaffold might be necessary in areas that are difficult to access.
Regardless, it is still important to talk about this with your potential fitter. Discussions on the scaffolding will not only affect the quality but also has an impact on the costs. Be sure to ask for a quotation just to be exact.
5. Can they give you a quote?
If you have to pick only one question to ask out of this list, then ask this one. A quotation gives you incredibly important details about the materials they are going to use, the tools they are going to equip themselves with, the value-added tax, and everything else.
See if they offer fixed-price quotes or just estimated ones. For fixed-prized quotations, the agreed amount should always be honoured. The fitter cannot ask you for anything more regardless of how many additional materials they bought if the quotation is fixed.
Some quotations, on the other hand, may just be estimates. This is where things can get a little bit tricky. For instance, estimated quotations may go up. Sometimes, you may even have to pay 40% as much as the original “estimate” so be cautious.
6. Do they hire other contractors to do the work?
Although most fitters are perfectly capable of handling the job with their own team, some fitters might take on more job orders than they can handle. When this happens, they might be forced to call in other contractors to do the job instead.
Fitters who sub out work to other contractors will charge you more. The danger in this lies not only in the fact that you are going to have to pay a lot more, but the job will also be done by a fitter whose work might not suit your standards.
Fortunately, we do not condone such practices here at Sanctuary Home Improvements. We pride ourselves on knowing that we have helped our clients instead of letting other people take up the reins. We value our reputation and therefore, we see to it that we meet your needs and requirements to the best of our ability. After all, we have a very strong team of fitters who are highly trained in the industry and are more than capable of delivering top-quality results.
7. Do you have to pay a deposit or give any cash upfront?
Finally, ask whether you have to pay for a deposit or the full amount upfront. The best fitters can offer a wide range of payment options that can suit your preferences. But one thing you should keep in mind is that, as a client, you should never be asked to pay the full amount upfront.
Furthermore, if the completed work did not meet your expectations, you should always talk things over with your fitter. Together, you can negotiate an amicable solution that respects your rights as a client.
Need a Fitter? Consult with Sanctuary Home Improvements
Sanctuary Home Improvements is a Nottingham-based team offering fitting services to residents and businesses alike. We install, repair, and maintain guttering, fascias, and soffits. But our services don’t end there.
Breathe life into your home with quality roofline installation and repair. To book our services call us today.