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Getting to Know Your Roof: Fascias
As a homeowner, one of the most important things that you need to do is to look after your roof. A leaking roof can cause a lot of damage to both the inside and the outside of your house, and could really leave you out of pocket.
With this in mind, it is important to carry out regular roof inspections to ensure that it is in full working order.
Read on to find out what you should be looking out for in order to maintain your roof.
The Role of the Fascia
One of the most important parts of a roof is the fascia, otherwise known as the roofline. A fascia board is mounted at the point where the outer walls of the house meet. Although, most people will refer to the main board that carries your gutters as the fascia (or fascias).
You will recognise the fascia as the long board that runs along the lower edge of the roof and will see that is directly fixed to the roof trusses. As the fascia has the gutters running from it, it plays an important role when it is raining.
An average house will see gallons of water wash from the roof into the gutters when there is a heavy downpour, so they need to be in top condition in order to function properly.
Without fascias and guttering, the water from the downpour will penetrate your walls and may eventually leak through your roof tiles.
The most common material that you will hear about when describing fascias is uPVC. uPVC, previously PVC, fascias is a thick and rigid material that is very durable and will keep your roof looking great for many years.
Other common materials for fascias are wood or non-corrosive metal. The most common fascia colour is white, but black boards and coloured boards are available at a higher cost.
Installing and Maintaining Fascias
Fascias will need to be fitted by a professional roofing company unless you are a very good at DIY and can install them yourself. Once installed, you will need to carry out regular checks to ensure that they are in working order.
As a rule, you should ensure that your roof is ready for winter each year, particularly when it comes to your gutters. Leaves and debris collect on your roof and gutters all year round, and if they are clogged up the rain will not be able to run off your roof effectively.
You can buy accessories to clean your roof and gutters or you can also hire a team of professionals to do it for you.
If you think that your fascias need replacing or you have any other concerns about your roof, contact Kents Building Plastics today and our friendly team can offer you all of the advice that you need.