Why You Should Replace Timber Fascias and Soffits
16th November 2020
Timber fascias and soffits have been around for decades now, and many homeowners don’t realise that older properties, such as pre-1980’s homes, were likely to have been constructed using untreated timber fascias and soffits. Over the years, there has been a lot of innovation within the industry, and like with anything in the world, advancements in technology. Today we’re going to share with you why you should replace your old timber boards with uPVC fascias and soffits in the near future.
Dampness and Rotting
uPVC is far more water resistant than wood, and after many years of use, your untreated timber will begin to rot after becoming porous. Unfortunately, as with anything, once rotting has started, it’s almost impossible to reverse. Regardless of how much you try, replacement is usually the only sensible answer. Damp timbers can also spread all the way down to the rafter feet, causing further issues if the eaves felt starts to perish. It’s better to start considering a replacement sooner than later, before further damage is done to your property.
If you are looking for a low maintenance option, uPVC will be a fantastic choice for you. uPVC won’t require painting every few years, or treatment of any kind. You can find a colour that matches your home’s colour scheme, such as white or dark brown. A great addition is a leaf guard, which will reduce the amount of debris and leaves that accumulate in your gutters. Most uPVC installations will have a life expectancy of 25 years, and you will usually be offered a ten-year guarantee with purchase. This means it’s a great long term investment, with little hassle or upkeep for you as a homeowner.
We understand that many people are concerned that uPVC won’t have the same appearance as timber, but you can now achieve the same look with uPVC. The foiled finishes appear exactly like timber, even down to the appearance of the wood grain. They are available in a wide range of wood shades including rosewood, oak and mahogany. There are also modern finish options, which make this a good choice for properties of any age.
While most people consider the aesthetic and maintenance benefits of the replacement, a great benefit of uPVC is that it provides great ventilation. It will allow airflow to safely pass throughout the loft space of your home, and it comes with a vent strip on the underside of the gutter system. This will help moderate heat rising from the inside of your home, and reduce the chance of condensation, which is something that is essential to avoid for long-lasting structures.
As you can see, there are many great benefits of replacing your timber fascias and soffits. uPVC is the perfect replacement material, and is low-maintenance and can still give you your desired aesthetic. With good ventilation benefits and no chance of rotting, it’s a worthwhile investment that will last you for many years to come.