Roofline refers to all the woodwork and guttering around the eaves of your roof, including the fascia, soffit, bargeboard and cladding. The fascia is designed to support tile edges and protect rafters, the soffit protects underneath the rafters, cladding protects the exterior of your home whereas the bargeboard finishes the gable end and seals the verge.
Using uPVC means virtually maintenance free roofline products which are extruded, moulded, laminated and foiled by highly skilled technicians. These uPVC building products require little or no maintenance once installed, a major benefit when compared with timber soffits, fascia and cladding which require painting every couple of years to preserve the appearance and prevent the wood rotting. Replacing ageing wood with uPVC roofline products is a popular and effective alternative, offering a solution that is hassle free and can last up to forty years.
The only maintenance required is to occasionally wash with warm soapy water to keep uPVC products looking as good as new. Today there are a range of colours to compliment your property, the days of any colour you like as long as it is white are long gone! uPVC roofline products also offer extra thermal efficiency and help to reduce carbon emissions, in addition quality uPVC roofline products will not rot, bend, discolour or warp due to heat.
Roofing can be a dangerous task best left to the professionals. when choosing a roofer to fit new fascia, soffit or cladding, always check the tradesman's roofing qualifications and check they work in compliance with The Health and Safety at work Act 1974, Work at Height regulations 2005 and all relevant Building Regulations, particularly part A: Structural Safety and part L: Conservation of Fuel and Power. Another good tip is to find out if your Tradesman belongs to a Roofers Association such as the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, The Single Ply Roofing Association, the Confederation of Roofing Contractors or the Competent Roofer government scheme.
In addition ensure that your tradesman has Roofers Insurance which includes valid Public Liability Insurance. Always get detailed quotes from at least three different roofers in writing and ask for recent references and follow them up. Finally, check whether their roofing work is covered by any guarantee and remember that the responsibility for getting any necessary planning permission for your roofing project is down to you, not the roofer, so always double check with your local authority. A quick and free way to gather quotes from recommended roofers is to use the "post your job" button on this page. It takes just minutes and you can have tradesman and roofing companies get in touch with you rather than ringing around trying to get quotes.
The labour and material costs for a typical terraced house to replace timber fascias and soffits with uPVC average around £1200. However, this figure is only a rough guide and there are a number of factors which will increase the cost considerably, including access issues (such as conservatory which may require scaffolding), removing original asbestos soffits and using different size boards. You can also expect some variation in labour costs depending on where you are in the country, labour costs in London are considerably more than those up north for example.