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The Importance of Fascia Boards | Kents Building Plastics

What Are Fascias And Why Are They Important?

A roof is much more than the tiles on top. It’s made up of several different parts, all which work to make sure your roof is able to do its job properly.

As a homeowner, you need to be able to recognise the different parts of your roof, and what they do.

In this article, we’re going to tell you all about fascias, and how they work in your roof.

What is a fascia?

If you go out of your home and look at your roof, the fascia is easy to spot. The fascia is the board that runs just below your roof line, and it serves a couple of different uses.

Most importantly, it helps seal the roof’s exposed rafters from the elements. This means that no water can get inside, causing rot or mildew that can seriously damage your roof.

As well as this, it can serve a decorative purpose. If you look around your neighbourhood, you’ll see that there a wide variety of colours, materials, and designs that a fascia can come in.

Why caring for fascias is important

There’s two reasons why you should keep a close eye on your fascia, and repair or replace them when they need attention.

Firstly, a damaged fascia can let moisture in, which will cause damage to your roof. If this is left unchecked, you can end up paying a large bill to have sections of your roof replaced or rebuilt. Keeping an eye on the fascia of your roof can avoid this.

As well as this, you should keep an eye on whether your fascia is looking tired or worn out. Changing a fascia due to appearance is usually down to personal choice, but if you’re looking to sell your home, it’s a job that’s well worth doing. It can improve the appearance of your home more than you may think.

How to know if your fascia needs replacing

To know if your fascia needs attention, the best thing to do is grab a ladder and check it out at close quarters. You’re looking for:

– Rotting or peeling wood: This shows that the fascia is nearing the end of its life, and will need replacing.

– Broken guttering: If your gutters are dumping water on your fascia, it could need replacing prematurely.

– Flaking paint: Most of the time this is an aesthetic issue, which can be fixed by repainting the fascia.

Replacing your fascia

If you’re looking to replace your fascias, you’ll notice that many stores, including ours, are now selling uPVC fascia products. This is because wood looks good, but can rot and break over time. uPVC will last for years without any issues, keeping your roof safe. You can even buy them in wood grain effects if you want to keep the wood look.

If you need new fascias, come check out our selection at Kents Building Plastics. We’ll have the right fascia, just for you and your home.