When you are building or renovating your home, maybe you’re doing some outside maintenance or repairing your roof and you see the quote with a price for fascias and soffits. You may not know what these are or why you need them. Do you really need these, are they really that important to your home?
The fascias are the exposed horizontal end that you find on the rafters on the exterior of your home while the soffit you will find just under the rafters and yest, they are both exceptionally important and offer you so much more than simply a good visual appearance.
These products protect the exterior of your home. They reduce the risk of wildlife, such as birds and squirrels getting access to your rafters, which could result in an expense on your side to get rid of them, once they build their nests and make home in your roof.
Further you will find that fascias and soffits stop the risk of rain getting blown into the home. Depending on how the wind blows in your area, you may find that the rain actually gets blown up at an angle and if these products were not in place, the damp could easily make it’s way into your roof and over time it could cause damp in certain areas of the home, something you want to avoid at all times.
These days fascias and soffits come in a range of materials from wood to UPVC, the one you choose is down to personal preference and the design of your home. These days most homeowners will look at what is the most eco friendly solution, not wanting to impact the environment. The good news is wood can be painted to meet the exterior finish of the home while UPVC comes in a choice of colours.
Always look at the maintenance side of things. When it comes to fascias and soffits you want to conduct semi-regular maintenance. The good news is that these are very easy to maintain and if you have chosen wood, a lick of paint when you paint your home will keep them looking good for years to come.
Ensure you check your fascias and soffits for bee and wasp nests. While they are useful in keeping the wildlife out, they are also home to wasp and bee hives and in this event, call out the professionals as quickly as possible to have the situation rectified and the hive removed.
It is very important when it comes to buying fascias and soffits for your home that you ensure you purchase the best quality. If you are installing these on your own as a weekend DIY project, then ensure you buy an extra length to ensure that you have enough should you make any mistakes and also to keep a little extra length on each cut for the corners.
In the event you are using an installation expert, speak to them in advance and get their advice as to which material you should be using and get a quote from them beforehand to put your mind at ease.
Browse online for your fascias and soffits, this is something you can often buy online for slightly cheaper and have delivered to your door, which can save you considerably time and energy. Ask your supplier who they recommend for installations, sometimes the smaller companies will carry out the installation for you, so you know the job is completed properly and to the highest standard.