For those who’ve had considerable experience fitting fascia boards, you’ve no doubt developed an adept approach to completing the work. However, there’s no harm in looking for ways to improve. Although some of these tips may not be applicable to you, we’ve created a list of things for installers to avoid when fitting fascias.
Avoid vents (at the ends of a run) bearing too much weight
If you’re planning to install over fascia ventilation, it’s important that vents at the ends of a run, such as hips and box ends, are not lead bearing. These areas require the most support and over fascia ventilation will not support them like a well-fitted fascia board will.
Don’t fit more than one board at a time
As there’s a good chance you’ll need a few millimeters more, or less, on the last board of the run, it’s wise to prepare and fit boards one by one. Fitting and cutting more than one board can waste material, which may be required at the end.
Avoid messing around with valleys
Valleys are areas where the roof comes to an internal 90° corner. If you tear away the fascias here, you’ll expose the valley board behind and some lead. Avoid moving these or attempting to vent the area.
Stay away from asbestos!
Asbestos soffits were commonly used in older houses, however blue and brown asbestos have been banned in the UK since 1985. Never attempt to disrupt it, as it’s fine to remain undisturbed. If your work will disrupt asbestos, then it’ll require removing. However, this must not be done without the correct information & training. The local council should have information regarding the proper disposal procedure.
Leave the ladder to one side
A ladder is not stable enough for you to replace fascia boards safely. Make sure to have some scaffolding put up for this type of work. Paying a little extra for hire could save you from an accident, which as a sole trader or business may not be covered in your insurance, as they may deem that you weren’t using the appropriate equipment for the job.
Don’t replace any wood without reinforcing it
Plastic isn’t as structurally strong as timber, so removing timber fascias that may be supporting a tile roof, for example, could leave the roof weakened. If something breaks as a result of the weakened roof, you might end up with more roof issues than any installer or customer should have to deal with.
Avoid working alone
Old fascia boards are heavy, long and riddled with jagged nails. Try to avoid removing them alone, as you could injure yourself, which will cost you in time & money. Best working practices should be met to ensure you are meeting the appropriate health & safety regulations.
Take your time
This may seem like an obvious one, but rushing can lead to the job and safety being compromised. You run the risk of having to redo work, or a potential trip to the hospital. Taking your time ensures for a competent and safe job.
Fitting fascia boards can be straightforward for experienced installers, however it never hurts to refresh your knowledge once in a while. If you need any materials for your next job, why not check out some of our roofline products? Or, for any further information regarding the fitting of fascia boards, a guide is available here.