The replacement plastic alternatives for the roof line are UPVC fascia and soffit boards. With a great pace, they are becoming the norm in roof edge construction and renovation.
They are designed and manufactured in such a way that they do rot and in most cases they last for a lifetime. A usual replacement project will include organising an arena tower or work platform, removing the first course of roof tiles and then taking off the existing timber roof line prior to the installation of the new plastic boards can start. The operation is concluded by putting in place a new gutter system and a strong eaves felt tray before the tiles are laid back onto the roof. Furthermore, with respect to all the building work there exist techniques that can reduce the amount of work ramified – saving on the homeowner money. Hence these options are preferred by the homeowner go economical. One of the known procedures is Over Capping
Capping is commonly also known as over cladding. It is a method of roof edge construction where the initial timber boards are left in position and the upgraded UPVC plastic system is conveniently fixed upon to the old structure. This method is comparatively more economical as compared to removal of the old timber. This may seem as a tempting alternative for the home owner even though, there is a catch.
There is a probability that the existing boards will be replaced because they are at the verge of their life and painting is not working anymore. Fixation of a thin capping board to an unsound sub structure is a like an uncalled blunder. This will lead to spreading of any existing rot that would spread quickly due to poor ventilation
Many other obstacles related to the over clad method such as how the completed work will look like if you live in a terraced or semi-detached property. The overhang of the roof tiles at eaves level is shrunk by the capping method. This, in turn would result in rainwater running behind the guttering. This type of felt is extensively utilised to cover over into the guttering it can avoid water from running behind the guttering and should the property suffer a broken tile any water will be guided down the roof and into the gutter not onto the ceiling.
UPVC products are designed in such a way that they could last for many years. A ten year guarantee on the materials is provided by almost all manufacturers and installers. Furthermore, to date we have yet to find a company that will offer a warranty on the timber structure these UPVC boards are fixed to.
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