Updating your fascia and soffits
July 18, 2019
July 18, 2019
Few products affect a home’s external envelope, quite like its guttering system. Alongside the fascia and soffits, the system can make a significant difference in the kerb appeal of a property. In this blog, we explore the costs and options on offer to homeowners looking to replace their existing system.
There are several signs that homeowners should look out for when assessing whether it’s time to replace their guttering system. It’s important to remember, most gutters don’t need regular replacement. In fact, aluminium models will last around 20 years without requiring an update. However, if you see any of the following indicators, then it could be time for a change:
Most tradespeople will work on guttering replacements in teams, so work progresses relatively quickly. The majority of jobs can be completed in half a day, but some guttering products take longer to install. Similarly, if your property has a lot of curved edges, or if it’s an unusually large home, then the installation process might take longer.
As always, the price to replace gutters and fascias depends on the size of your home. Usually, the value of the fascias and soffits are only a small component of the total price. In fact, scaffolding represents typically around a third of the cost of the overall job.
On average, we would say that the cost of a fascia and soffit replacement will be around:
A typical replacement cost of guttering on a semi-detached property is around £600 to £800. However, if you want to take the task on for yourself, then it’ll be much cheaper. Material costs will normally be around £200, with a further £50 needed to remove the waste once completed. The cost to replace an existing piece of PVCu guttering averages around £33 per metre. However, if the gutter is manufactured from cast iron, then this will be more and often costs around £57. Again, we’d always recommend bringing in an expert to get the job finished correctly as it’s not a straightforward task.
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Fascia and soffits can be cleaned with common household goods such as laundry detergent or dishwashing liquid. Fill a bucket with warm water, set up a ladder and simply use a large sponge to wipe away at the surfaces. Rinse the soapy water off with a hose when the scrubbing has been completed.
Replacing fascia boards is a relatively tricky DIY task, and it’s best to leave the job to an expert tradesperson. If you want to take on the responsibility for yourself, then it’s essential to remove the existing timber fascia boards instead of just capping over them. Always check the exposed rafter for rot and if it’s visible, then it’s crucial to replace the component.
Fix the fascia boards with two nails to prevent it buckling. It’s important to remember that the boards must hold the weight of the roof tiles, the guttering, rainwater and any snow that may form during winter. Ensure that all windows can be fully opened and that the new boards aren’t causing an obstruction.
It depends on the size of your home and whereabouts in the country you’re based, but an average price is somewhere around £825. The amount will also depend on the condition of your fascia and soffits and how long the contractor needs to spend preparing the boards before painting.
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