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  • Painting Soffits and Fascias Cost

    Are you looking for the cost of painting fascias and soffits? This article will tell you everything you need to know about what's involved with painting fascias and soffits, including the method, cost factors, and all of the prices involved with the job.

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    Average Cost of Painting Soffits and Fascias:

    Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes: 3-4 days

    £850

    How Much Does It Cost to Paint Soffits and Fascias?

    So how much does painting soffits and fascias cost?

    The average cost of painting fascia boards and soffits is around £700-£1000. The cost will vary depending on the material that the boards are made from, the amount of preparation work required, and the size and type of your house.

    An experienced painter will usually charge around £150 each day, and they will usually bring an assistant with them for safety. The job will usually take around 3-4 days to complete depending on the weather conditions as the tradesman will usually paint in the morning and then return the next day.

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    Depending on the condition of your soffits and fascias, it may take a little bit longer to complete as the contractor may have to prepare them and treat them before they can be painted over.

    Painting and Soffits and Fascias Prices

    Below is a table with the average cost and timeframe for a contractor to stain a fence:

    Job Description Cost
    Painting soffits and fascias on a terraced house without scaffolding £700-£900
    Painting soffits and fascias on a semi-detached house without scaffolding £800-£950
    Painting soffits and fascias on a detached house without scaffolding £900-£1000
    Painting soffits and fascias on a terraced house with scaffolding £900-£1100
    Painting soffits and fascias on a semi-detached house with scaffolding £1000-£1250
    Painting soffits and fascias on a detached house with scaffolding £1100-£1300

    Supply Costs Only

    The supply costs for painting exterior soffits and fascias make up about 25% of the total cost for the job. It costs around £150-£300 on average for the paint and the undercoat.

    The price will vary depending on the style of your home and the size of your home. A larger detached home will require a lot more paint and undercoat than a smaller terraced home, and so you can expect to pay more if your home is large.

    It's best to opt for a good quality pint that lasts for many years as this will prevent you from having to get the work done again in a few years. Cheap paint will usually cost around half the price but will need to be repainted after around 18 months due to damage and reactions from the harsh elements.

    With this in mind, it is better to opt for a more expensive paint as these tend to last for around 5-8 years before they need to be repainted.

    Additional Costs

    When it comes to painting your soffits and fascias, there are some additional costs that may come up at the same time. Below is a list of the most common additional costs that may come up with this type of work:

    Roof Cleaning

    While you are improving the appearance of the exterior of your home by painting the soffits and fascias, you may also want to get your roof cleaned to further improve the appearance.

    This is a good idea if your roof is covered in moss and debris. Not only will cleaning the roof help to protect it, but it will also help to protect the soffits and fascias. The average cost to have your roof professionally cleaned is around £600-£800.

    Broken Roof Tiles Replacement

    While improving the appearance of your home, it may also be a good time to get any broken or damaged roof tiles replaced.

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    If your contractor notices any broken or damaged roof tiles while completing your painting work, they will usually let you know. It's important to get these replaced as soon as possible to prevent leaks from entering your home. It costs around £75 to get five roof tiles replaced, so it's not a huge cost.

    Guttering Repairs

    If there are any issues with your gutters, these may need to be repaired. This can also help to prevent any leaks and any damage to your soffits and fascias. The average cost to have your guttering repaired is around £80-£200, depending on the issue.

    New Guttering

    If there is quite severe damage to your guttering system, then you may need to get it replaced with new guttering. The average cost for new guttering is around £400-£800, depending on your home's size and the materials used.

    Labour Costs and Timescales

    The labour costs for painting soffits and fascias will vary depending on the size and type of home you live in. For example, detached properties will have more fascias and soffits than terraced homes, so the labour costs for this type of home will be more.

    When you pay someone to paint your soffits and fascias for you, you'll get the best possible standard. This is something that you wouldn't receive if you were to complete the work as a DIY job.

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    The contractor will do a quick survey of your fascias and soffits to assess the condition. They will then give you a quote for the work. The average cost for a professional soffit and fascia painter is around £150 per day. Depending on the size and type of home that you have, you can expect this work to take around 3-4 days to complete.

    Cost Factors of Painting Soffits and Fascias

    Several things can affect the overall cost of painting your fascias and soffits. Below is a list of the main cost affecting factors that you should be aware of:

    Condition of Soffits/Fascias

    The condition of your soffits and fascias will affect the overall cost of the job. If your fascias aren't in the best condition, they will need a lot of preparation before the work can begin. This will result in the job taking much longer and, therefore, you will end up paying more for the work.

    Size/Type of Home

    The size and type of your home can also affect the cost of the job. A larger home with more fascias and soffits will require more materials for the job and will also take longer. So you can understand how the job will increase by quite a lot if you own a larger home.

    Type of Paint

    The type of paint that you choose to use can affect the overall cost of the job. Cheaper paint will save you money, but you'll most likely need to get the area repainted within one or two years. If you choose a more expensive paint, this could save you money in the long run as it'll last much longer; however, the upfront cost will be more.

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    Location of Property

    The location of your property can also affect the overall cost of the job. Homeowners based in and around the London area can expect to pay around £40-£100 more per day for the cost of labour than those based in the North or other parts of the UK.

    What's Involved in Painting Soffits and Fascias?

    You may be interested in how to paint soffits and fascias.

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    Although every job will be different, below is a simple overview of what is likely to be involved when a contractor comes to paint your soffits and fascias:

    1. Prepare the soffits and fascia boards by wiping them and sanding them down if needed.
    2. Treat the wood with a wood preserver and allow it to dry overnight.
    3. Apply a small layer of primer and allow it to dry thoroughly.
    4. Sand the dried primer using medium sanding paper.
    5. Apply a second coat of primer and allow this to dry completely.
    6. Once the primer is dried, sand it with fine sanding paper lightly.
    7. Once you've completed the above preparation steps, you can now paint the fascia boards and soffits.
    8. Allow the paint to dry completely before reattaching the guttering.

    Can I Paint Fascias and Soffits Myself?

    You can paint fascias and soffits yourself; however, it is quite a labour-heavy job that requires spending a lot of time up a ladder. You shouldn't attempt to complete this as a DIY project unless you are comfortable working on a ladder for long periods of time.

    For safety, you should always have someone working with you so that they can hold the ladder for you while you work. Some homeowners prefer to hire scaffolding for this type of work for safety; however, you should be aware that this will incur an additional cost.

    Building Regulations & Planning Permission for Painting Soffits and Fascias

    Painting your fascia boards and soffits doesn't generally require planning permission. However, if you live in a listed building or a conservation area, you should contact your local authority just to be sure.

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    You also won't need to worry about building regulations when painting your soffits and fascia boards. However, if you live in a listed building or a conservation area, you should contact your local authority just to be sure.

    Hiring Contractors to Paint Soffits and Fascias Checklist

    You will need to consider a few things before hiring contractors to paint your soffits and fascias for you.

    Below is a list of some of the main things that you should consider when looking for the right contractors for the job:

    • Does the contractor offer any guarantees with their work?
    • How much is the work to complete? – Ask for a breakdown of costs so you can ensure you are paying a good price for each element of the job.
    • Is the contractor experienced in painting soffits and fascias?
    • How many years' worth of experience does the contractor have in painting soffits and fascia boards?
    • How many contractors will carry out the job?
    • Will the contractor fix any issues that may arise?
    • Will the contractor take care of any relevant waste removal?
    • Do you need to hire any additional contractors for different parts of the work?
    • Does the contractor need scaffolding for the work?
    • Does the contractor hold any relevant insurance needed for the work?

    FAQs

    What is the best paint for soffits and fascias?
    The best type of paint to use on soffits and fascias is acrylic paint rather than oil paint. Oil paint takes too long to dry and is more likely to develop mould and mildew in shaded areas. It is best to buy more expensive soffits, and fascias paint as this tends to last much longer than cheap paints.
    How often should you paint soffits and fascias?
    It is recommended that you repaint your fascia boards and soffits every five to ten years to keep them in the best shape.
    What are soffits?
    Soffits are the underside part that lies below the fascia. This is located where the roof and the exterior walls of the house meet.
    What is a fascia?
    Fascia boards are located where the roof and the exterior house walls meet together.
    How can I tell if I have asbestos soffits?
    Asbestos soffits are usually covered in a plastic coating, and once these start to age, you will notice very visible flaking on them – especially on the underside. They are a grey material, often combined with cement, and they tend to have soft ridges all over them.

    These soffits were commonly used in the construction of homes built between the 1940s and 1980s before people recognised the dangers of asbestos. If you think that your soffits have asbestos, you will need to get them replaced as soon as possible as they can be quite a dangerous health risk.

    Sources

    https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/19/fascias
    https://www.summitcladding.co.uk/2016/01/25/fascia-bargeboards-painting-in-7-steps
    https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/19/fascias/2
    https://dengarden.com/home-improvement/Tips-for-Painting-Soffits-and-Fascia-Boards

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 23rd February 2022.

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