We have taken a proper beating this year with the storms that keep coming. Chances are you have been unlucky enough to have something damaged by them. I had some roofing felt fly over into my garden from a neighbours dilapidated shed. It ended up in my apple tree!
Roofing felt on a shed typically is thin and is only going to last for a few years.
Bitumen corrugated sheets are the answer.
They are light, strong, easy to fit and long lasting. They also come in 4 colours to add a new dimension to your shed. Fitted properly they wont come off in a storm, they have been proven to sit tight in 120mph winds!
How has your house stood up to Storm Gertrude? Suffered any storm damage?
Rain and winds of this ferocity will show up all the faults in any rainwater system. Joints can stop sealing, gutters can over flow and poor fitting fascias can literally blow away!
You may be looking out the window now, watching Storm Henry do its thing, thinking that you don’t really want to be on top a ladder in this weather, but failing to correctly expel all rainwater to drains and soak-aways can lead to major structural issues. The last thing you want right now is excess rainwater finding its way behind dodgy house render and blowing it off when we get the next cold snap.
You should book in a professional to come and replace all faulty parts as quick as possible. Or if you are handy with a ladder and hammer, order up the replacement bits online then wait for the weather to pass and use the weekend to keep everything watertight and looking shipshape.
Here at Kents we can get new Rainwater goods and Fasica’s out to you in double quick time, order online, pay by Card or PayPal. Its easy.
It was time to replace our shop front at Hereford. It was timber and showing signs of disrepair.
Paul from Ketrel Windows fitted them for us. We used a upvc Veka profile which is the same as we would supply to our customers.
We blocked the entrance for the morning to safetly remove the old doors and windows.
This was a fairly straight forward job and left a fairly clean opening for the new frames to sit into.
Working from one side Paul fixed each frame to each other, the wall, floor, and the ceiling.
French doors going in. Notice the Dog bone reinforcements between frames. This was a wide opening and these do a brilliant job of firming them up. They hardly move at all now.
One man band Paul does a good job of employing clamps to help position and hold in place frames.
All finished apart from the glazing, it looks 100 times better now than it did before.
And now from the outside, tiny bit of snagging to do but I think you will agree that it looks excellent. Its somewhat brightened up the dark ‘porch’ like look of the front and really lights up the showroom from inside.
Bargeboard – Fascia board which runs up the sloping edge of a roof
Ridge – The point of the roof
Verge – The sloping end of the roof
Eaves – Bottom of roof slope
Fascia – Board that guttering is fitted to
You may decide to work on your upvc fascias only, plastic soffits only, cladding only, bargeboards only or any combination of these. Kents Direct can supply the right combination of products you’ll need.
UPVC FASCIA BOARDS
To Cap or Replace?
If the current timber is sound, it is perfectly acceptable to use capping boards. Small areas of isolated rot can be cut out completely back to sound timber and the sawn ends treated with timber preservative prior to capping. However, if rot is present it is better to remove the timber and use a replacement fascia board.
Capping Board Types
Our capping boards are 10mm thick. They should have a timber behind them to fix the gutters through and to support the roof tiles. Our replacement fascia boards are 18mm thick and do not require the timber backing as they will support the gutter screws.
Fascia Board Style & Finish
We stock the widest choice of pvc fascia boards and colours to ensure a match to your property.
We can supply in Foiled Woodgrain colours to match your existing windows and doors, and we also have the full range of Freefoam coloured products available
Bargeboards are essentially the same as Fascia boards, most houses will use exactly the same boards for both areas. However, they can sometimes be more decorative than Fascias.
For example we can supply Concave and Convex lengths of bargeboards
These are supplied in 5 metre lengths.
Unlike fascia boards which have a L shaped profile these boards are flat and approx 18mm thick
GABLE END BOXES
Where bargeboards end in a gable end box, measure the maximum depth and length of each box.
LUXURY BARGEBOARD MOULDINGS
On older properties, the bargeboards were ofter carved to give a quality look. We are now able to offer a moulding that fits to our capping or replacement boards to give that traditional look. An accurate measurement of the length of each bargeboard will be required if you plan to use these mouldings
*TIP On most properties bargeboards are between 4.2m and 4.9m long.
Exisiting soffits that have a grey finish are probably a cement based board and are maintenance free unless you paint them. As soffits are always in shadow, it is not unusual to leave these boards as they are. If you decide to fit a new soffit, it is not necessary to remove the old unless there is any rot. An existing soffit is normally a good surface to fix to.
Soffits can be fixed in a few different ways.
Polytop pins/nails can be used for both solid and hollow soffits. These are colour matched plastic headed pins/nails which blend in to the board.
Hollow soffit boards can also be attached by using 30mm cladding pins, which have no bulky head on them and can be fixed through the back of the groove providing a complete hidden fixing.
SOFFIT STYLE & FINISH
We offer a choice of soffit styles as shown below.
Hollow tongue and groove soffit on the left and Solid board on the right.
VENTILATION TO PREVENT CONDENSATION
Houses are now well insulated and must have ventilation to the roof space to stop condensation.
Often in older properties the roofing felt has worn along the top of the fascia board and no longer hangs 50mm into the gutter.
Left damaged this can cause major issues in the future. The rain can enter the roofspace and cause rot in the roof timbers. This can also find its way inside the house and can show up on ceilings as damp patch. It can also cause the front of a building to get wetter than it should in concentrated spots, which can lead to penetrating damp issues, and can also show up failings in rendered buildings by travelling through cracks at an alarming rate.
At the first sign of damage being caused by rain you should seek to rectify the problem asap.
As a simple fix we have replacement eaves trays which slide up under the first row of tiles and divert rain down into the gutter.
This involves pushing the first 2 rows of tiles up the roof to gain access to the damaged felt. From here the new trays can be fitted under the remaining felt to help support the felt from sagging between rafters and also now provides a very long lasting protrusion into the gutter allowing any water that has found its way under the tiles to be drained safely into the gutter where it belongs.
We can also supply replacement breathable roofing underlay for new builds.
Any problems with any part of your fascia, boards or soffits call us on 01454 313135!
Or upvc woodgrain fascia colour range is shortly about to be joined by Woodgrain Anthracite Grey, Woodgrain Cream and Woodgrain Chartwell Green.
Kents have been supplying doors and windows in these colour for many years now, and traditionally it has been difficult to get matching trims and even silicones to finish the job as you would like, or even to tie in the colour and grain to your fascia and soffits.
More info on our full woodgrain range can be found on this page
Wonder what screws are suitable for different subframes for decks?
We had a customer ask if the decking could be fixed to steel framework. The best way to do this would be to fit treated timbers to the top of the steel and use the brackets supplied with the decking to fix to those timbers. This is easier than having to make the correct size pilot holes to fit 2 brackets every metre in every bearer and buying screws that will self tap into the steel. Also the holes in decking brackets are designed for standard sized screws and specialist steel fixings would not fit them
Thanks to everyone that attended and helped out, our Open Day event at our new Hereford Branch on Widemarsh Street was a big success!
Here Terry Rogers cut the ribbon on Kents new Widemarsh Street Premises. Terrys association goes back a long way as he was originally one of our first customers before coming onboard as a key member of staff until he left in 2013.
Kent’s were delighted to present Terry with a cheque to assist Marden & District Riding Club with their future events and charitable support.