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8 things to avoid when fitting fascia boards

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.

Underground drainage gone wrong!

Poor underground drainage can quickly become an extreme concern. However, with a proficient system in place, a range of problems can be avoided. Here at Kents, we supply a PVC-U Floplast 110mm underground drainage system. It’s easy to install and high performance. We’ve outlined a number of specific examples below, where installers should consider one.

Clogged pipes

Back in 2013, a 15-tonne ball of grease was found blocking 95% of a 2.4 metre diameter brick sewer pipe. The incident occurred in Kingston upon Thames, taking 3 whole weeks for a team of sewerage workers to clear it. Luckily, local residents reported that they’d been having difficulty flushing their toilets, leading to an investigation. The blockage occurred due to improper disposal of fats, wet wipes and other household products. However, without adequate sewer access, this blockage could have caused a cesspit of sewage to form around this London Borough. Therefore, it is paramount that drainage systems are able to be accessed properly. With one socketed and one spigot end, a 110mm underground drainage access pipe allows for easy access and is straightforward to install.

Unwanted garden ponds

Gardens can fall victim to poor drainage too. One individual found their garden turned into a pond after heavy rain, once they’d removed a tree that was planted there. Due to its long roots, the tree likely drained away much of the excess water. However, the garden was on a slope and full of clay, meaning drainage would have been difficult anyway. Lack of adequate drainage made it inhospitable for a range of summer plants. This caused the owner to have an underground drainage system installed. Once it was installed, the owner was able to enjoy their garden as they pleased.

New build, old drainage system?

A recent new build buyer found that her drains were blocked, causing her to put up with the smell of sewage in her kitchen and toilet for 11 months. Exposure to unpleasant sewer smells can be prevented with the right drainage system; with stabilising feet and a height adjustment of 32mm, a 110mm bottle gully has been specially designed to prevent sewer smell escaping from pipes. An independent survey found other major issues at the property, such as high levels of moisture across the ground floor. This is another sign of a poor underground drainage system.

Other problems

These issues aren’t the only ones that have come as a result of poor drainage systems. Cracked walls, wall paint peeling off and joist damage are three other potential problems caused by inadequate drainage. And with large portions of the UK at long-term risk of flooding, it is crucial that excess water can be cleared properly.

A drainage system from Kents is built to last and easy to install, meaning these types of issues can be prevented. If you’re a homeowner or installer who’d like any information on drainage systems or more, then please contact one of our experts today.

What are composite doors made of?

Nowadays, composite doors are increasingly seen on the entrances of residential properties. This is not wholly surprising; they combine a number of materials, taking their best qualities, ensuring for a high-performance door. But what materials are these, and what specific benefits do they provide? Here at Kents Building Plastics, we look at what composite doors are made of, giving installers a precise idea of the quality we have on offer here.

Skin

The outer skin of our composites is constructed from glass reinforced plastic, or GRP for short. GRP is exceptionally durable, boasting one of the highest strength to weight ratios of any construction material. It is also straightforward to repair, cheap to fabricate and can be dyed to almost any colour.

Core

The core of our composite doors is constructed from polyurethane foam. It is ultra-dense, providing enviable levels of insulation.

Framing

The outer framing of our composites is constructed from uPVC. uPVC is a fantastic insulator and further reduces the U values of our doors. The doors have been tested in accordance with BS EN ISO 9001 Quality Assurance, indicating the exceptional levels of quality on offer.

Hardware

The door handles are constructed from stainless steel and are available in gold, chrome, stainless steel or black finishes, meaning they are highly versatile. The door knockers, numerals and lettering are constructed from 304 stainless steel too, whilst the eyeholes are made from brass. Both materials fare extremely well against corrosion.

Locks

As if a multi-point locking system wasn’t enough, our composite doors come fitted with a specially designed dog bolt system as standard. These two sets of triple hinge bolts firmly secure the door to its frame. All our locks meet PAS23/24 standards and have been tested in accordance with BS EN ISO 1303 Building Hardware – Cylinders for Locks. For customers who require even higher security levels, a ‘split splindle’ option is available, as are UAP Kinetica Kitemarked high security 3* cylinders.

Other materials

Glazed areas on the door are, of course, made of glass. However, with a staggering range of glass types and styles available, including diamond lead and Georgian grid, they can easily be tailor-made to a customer’s exact specifications.

The way composite doors combine construction materials is hugely effective; it allows them to provide levels of insulation and security that other entrance doors struggle to contend with. For anyone who is interested in the variety of composite door options we have here at Kents Building Plastics, check out our composite door builder page. Or, for any other installation queries, please get in touch with us here.

Bi-folding doors: aluminium vs PVCu

Bi-folding doors are an increasingly popular patio door choice. Their smooth functionality and attractive aesthetics have proved a hit with both homeowners and commercial property managers alike. Bi-fold doors feature a unique side stacking system which, when open creates a wide space, seamlessly linking your interior and exterior space. When closed, they create a wall of glass, maximising natural light intake to create a bright and airy interior to any property.

At Kents Building Plastics, we supply high quality bi-fold doors in both aluminium and PVCu. Both materials have their own unique benefits and the one you choose will depend on your installation requirements and personal preferences. To help you make a completely informed decision, let’s have a closer look at each material.

PVCu bi-folding doors

PVCu is a versatile and high performing material. It provides excellent levels of insulation, helping to keep warm air in and cold air out. It is virtually maintenance free and with only the occasional wipe down, will stay looking like new for many years. Our PVCu bi-folds are available with between three and seven separate door leaves. This allows for excellent customisation options. The door panels can open in or out depending on space restrictions.

At Kents Building Plastics, our PVCu bi-fold doors are supplied with durable door furniture and feature high security multi-point locking systems as standard. They are the most cost-effective option and can be installed on any type of property.

Aluminium bi-folding doors

Aluminium is an inherently strong and durable material. Its natural strength means that it can support large sections of glazing with slimline frames. This maximises natural light intake, creating a wall of glass effect. Aluminium bi-folds can be specified with between two and seven separate door leaves which can open either inwards or outwards. For openings that are split into several sections, aluminium bi-folds can be separated into different opening segments.

Aluminium bi-folds are built to last. Their durable exterior finish is weather resistant and will not rot, corrode, or deteriorate even in the harshest conditions. When you want to create a stylish focal point at your property, aluminium bi-folds are the choice for you.

Whether you’re a homeowner or an installer, Kents Building Plastics can provide you with high performing building products. For more information on our range of products and services call 0800 316 1217 or contact us online.

Snow closures

Due to the effect of the recent weather fronts all of our branches will be shut again today, Saturday 3/3/18

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but as i’m sure you agree, safety come first in these conditions

We will update this page if anything changes

Our couriers have a number of Depots which are struggling with the conditions and are trying hard to keep on top of deliveries but ultimately some will be late.

Stay safe.

The True Cost of Cheap Doors | Kents Direct | UK

Buying a cheap outside door can be appealing to the pocket, but what is the true cost?

Cheap, poorly made uPVC doors can stress the hinges. The weight of the door will force it into misalignment at which point it will be difficult not only to open and close but to lock and unlock. Continued use of the door may damage the lock, which will then need to be replaced.

uPVC doors have an advantage over wooden doors in that they are resistant to swelling. uPVC doesn’t absorb moisture in humid or wet conditions. A swollen door will stick. It will be increasingly hard to open and close and eventually you will damage the door frame and not be able to close it again. With a wooden door, the open edge of the door will usually need to be sanded or planed to allow it to close.

A door’s smooth operation will be impacted by hinges that weather and collect grime and dirt. They become stiff and noisy. There’s the maintenance aspect to consider too. Hinges need oiling and eventually they may need to be replaced. A less-used exterior door on a shed or garage, for instance, will succumb to rust quicker until it’s impossible to gain entry. This could result in having to remove the door from its hinges or in extreme cases, the door to be cut out completely with power tools and the door replaced. With a uPVC door, you won’t have to worry about hinges rusting.

On a cheap door, the handles and locks are prone to failure. They are the most stressed points of a well-used door. Handles can fall off or no longer engage with the spindle inside. They will wear out over time and need either repairing or replacing – not something everybody feels adept at doing. On wooden doors the mounting screws may become worn where they make contact with the door allowing the handle to work itself loose or completely pull away from the face of the door.

An advantage about a well-made exterior uPVC door compared to a wooden door, is that they incorporate weather stripping around the inner frame. This reduces draught and prevents heat loss, helping to keep down energy bills. A cheap or wooden door’s strip will begin to come away and/or deteriorate. On uPVC doors, the weather stripping compresses when the locking points are engaged, which creates a water tight seal.

For more info on our fantastic range of PVC or Composite doors please get in touch with one of our branches where we can talk you through all the choices. For an even better experience you can design your new front door here 

 

Snow – Delivery Disruptions

Due to the weather this week deliveries to snow effected areas will more that likely be disrupted. Our couriers have a number of Depots which are struggling with the conditions and are trying hard to keep on top of deliveries but ultimately some will be late.

 

They and we apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope you can understand the situation.

Why deepflow?

Why would I need to use deepflow instead of the standard half round gutter?

There are a few reasons you may wish to install deepflow gutter instead of half round gutter on a residential building. If the design of the roof, the sheer size and pitch of the roof or the environmental conditions in your neck of the woods means that there is likely an increased amount of rainfall, you may find that the standard half round guttering just cant drain the water quickly enough.

Deepflow gutter can flow nearly twice the rainwater than the standard half round. This may make all the difference when we get those freak super heavy showers! See the subtle difference between the two in sizes below, one is 77mm deep the other 52mm

 

Read more about Deepflow guttering here.

Lift ‘er up | New building methods with Lightweight Roofing Tiles

Lightweight roofing tiles have opened up many possibilities to traditional building techniques, that have not been possible before due to the weight and materials used before.

Take for example this job undertaken by a large home building company. With the use of Envirotiles they were able to fully assemble the roof at ground level and simply hoist into place.

This has allowed for a major cut in time taken. The brickwork on the walls can be completed at the same time as another team of builders go to work on making the roof alongside.

With it being at floor level the safety of the workers is somewhat reduced and requires less effort in getting materials in place. All of it adding to the pace of the build.

Read more abut these game changing tiles on our Envirotile info page here

Refurbishing your home | Kents Direct | UK

If you’re looking to refurbish or freshen up your house or flat, it’s good to get a sense of the range of materials and fixtures that are on the market. Options you might find preferable.

Have you considered replacing your old wooden skirting boards with a plastic variety? There are some good reasons why you might.

A plastic skirting board is more durable than its wooden counterpart. It will withstand more buffeting from general wear and tear and therefore requires very little maintenance. You won’t have to paint and repaint as you would with wooden skirting boards. There is no sanding or priming required. Once installed, the cracks that can appear at the joints with wood and MDF skirting are something you won’t have to worry about with plastic. And when they become marked, all they need is a wipe down with a cloth to restore them to their former glory.

If plastic seems like a poor cousin to the wooden skirting in terms of appearance, think of the practical reasons why you might favour plastic over wood. Wooden and MDF skirting boards soak up moisture, are prone to rot and in time will need repairing or replacing. Hence certain rooms you’re looking to refurbish would benefit from plastic board. Plastic skirting boards are impervious to high humidity and won’t move or shrink. They are best suited to the environments of the bathroom, kitchen and utility room.

Plastic skirting board is flexible, so it’s ideal when you’re installing it on curved walls. This is particularly useful when you have kitchen and bathroom fitments which have a curved surface such as a corner shower.

Plastic skirting board is also easy to install or replace. There are many different styles and colours you can choose from besides. You need not be a professional tradesman to create an outstanding end result in your rooms. Cut your mitres with a saw and use an adhesive and jointing compound to attach. They’re easy to install not only to plastered walls, but plaster board if you’re adding partitions in your refurb project, and almost any surface.

Plastic is flexible, so it’s much better for covering imperfect walls. Something you might find particularly useful if you’re refurbishing an old property that hosts a myriad of imperfections in the walls. And one other advantage of some plastic over wood is that the plastic skirting boards include a special recess on the rear, great for hiding unsightly wires and cabling.

Great Tips for Decorating Your Living Room | Kents Direct | UK

Great Tips for Decorating Your Living Room

If you could change a minor detail in your living room that would make or break the overall interior design, would you make it? Perhaps you’re looking to spruce up your lounge in order to enhance your living space, or you want to make a statement when selling your house? Then, have you considered installing pvc skirting boards? Surprisingly, choosing the right material and design for minor details can be as crucial as choosing larger pieces of furniture.

You might have misgivings about sacrificing the appearance of traditional wooden skirting. But you need not. Kents Building Plastics supplies pvc skirting boards that people mistake for real wood, coated with a woodgrain PVC film. And a range of designs to suit all tastes and styles, besides.

There’s also a range of fantastic benefits associated with pvc skirting boards beyond the look. In fact, most home owners are now switching to plastic skirting boards because of their many advantages. They recognise a tough-wearing, long-lasting material that can provide a high quality finish to your home. A product that can hide gaps between walls, floors and ceilings, giving your living room a quality clean look.

PVC tends to be easier to fit, which the less confident DIYer might appreciate. Boards simply slot together with pre-moulded corner pieces to remove the need for mitring. All done in half the time it would take to install and paint conventional timber products. All that’s required otherwise is a standard building adhesive. It’s a cheaper choice too, since the materials used in pvc skirting board are not as expensive as wood. Excellent news if you’re working to a budget.

With a foil finish that has the appearance of wood, plastic is not susceptible to splitting, woodworm or warping as with real wood. Plastic skirting boards are easy to wipe clean and require minimal maintenance. A great advantage they have over wood is their 100% moisture resistance, so that they can withstand areas with high humidity for long periods of time, without replacement. The material does not fade in the sun and maintains a constant colour.

PVC skirting boards are massively preferable to wooden ones because they never need repainting. That also means none of the preparation, the backbreaking and time-consuming sanding down of surfaces. And no more painted carpet edges.

All in all, pvc skirting boards combine the practical with the attractive, sculpted design of traditional skirting.

 

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Christmas 2017

Christmas is closing in, and now is the time to release our holiday hours to you all.

Check our our Christmas hours page here for more info.

 

The Benefits of The Right Fascias | Kents Direct | UK

The Benefits Of Choosing The Right Roof Fascia

When looking to make repairs to your roof, you’ll need to pick a roof fascia that’s up to the job. It’s an important part of the roof, and one you certainly can’t skimp on. That’s why you need to think carefully when picking a fascia or plastic fascia for your home.

Here are the benefits of using a good quality roof fascia for your roof, and why you should do your research before buying.

PVC Makes Your Fascias Hardier

Your roof takes a lot of abuse, day after day. High winds and rain can pelt it for hours or days on end, and it’s got to stand up to it. If it can’t, then water can get into the roof itself and cause a lot of problems later down the line. That’s why you need a material that can take that amount of pressure.

These days, PVC fascias are considered to be some of the best on the market. They’re hardwearing, and won’t need replacing for years to come once they’re installed. You can use them and be safe in the knowledge that your roof is protected.

Good Fascias Are Easy To Install

If you’re looking to go the DIY route, then you’re going to need a good quality fascia to work with. These will come in long lengths and will be easy to cut if you need to. If you need some advice on installing them, the experts at the store you buy them from can walk you through the process.

Here at Kents Building Plastics, we’d be happy to walk you through any of the installation process. Just ask, and we’ll help you out.

Have Any Colour Or Pattern You Like

Many people choose to go with wood for their roof fascia, as they can paint it to any colour they like to match the rest of the house. This will look good for a while, but it can start to peel and fade away. This means you would have to get back up to the roof area and repaint it.

Modern, good quality fascias come in as many colours as you can think of. If you need a shade to match the rest of your home, just ask. You’ll be amazed at how much choice there is. The real benefit of this is the PVC won’t fade or peel or rot, so the colour will stand up to the years with ease.

Have A Roof You Can Be Proud Of

A roof that’s well constructed is one that will last for years to come. Your roof fascia plays a vital role in keeping the roof in good shape. Make sure you’re using the best quality fascias, and you know you won’t have to worry about your roof for years to come.

If you’re looking to replace your roof fascia, then you’ll need to talk to us at Kents Building Plastics. We’ll help you find the right fascia for you, and get it installed on your home. You’ll be amazed at how good your roof can look!

There is still time to fit decking before the year is up…

You might think that now if a mad time to try and fit decking, but you would be wrong.

 

Decking sales have been strong as the year comes to an end, take this twin decking installation in Bristol for example, recently finished the customers have the chance to enjoy the sun should it peek through the clouds again. With it being brilliant in the wet for slip resistance, any time spent out on it will be perfectly safe.

 

More images of this ace install can be viewed here

New Opening Hours at Iron Acton

We are reducing the opening hours at our Iron Acton Branch from today until early next year.

We will be open in the week from 10am-2pm

Weekends will be unaffected – Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

 

Don’t forget our other branches will all be open as per usual, Mon – Fri 7.30am – 4.30pm and Saturday 8.30am – 12pm

Fascia Boards Can Improve Your Home | Kents Direct | UK

How The Right PVC Fascia Board Can Improve Your Home

If you’re a new homeowner, you’ll have come to realise that there’s a lot more to keeping your house in good condition than you first thought.

This is especially true if you’re looking at maintaining the roof. There’s so much you need to know and replace if the roof is in need of updating.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about PVC fascia boards, and how the right one can really improve the look of your home.

What Is The Fascia Board?

Put simply, the fascia board is the board that runs just under the tiled section of your roof. You need one on your roof as they’re designed to protect the timber eaves inside the roof itself. If they’re not present, then water can get into the roof, leading the mould and mildew. If this continues, then it can lead to serious damage to your roof.

The fascia board works in conjunction with your soffit boards in order to protect your roof. The soffit is the board that runs between the bottom of the board and the wall, protecting the roof from underneath.

Why PVC Fascia Board?

In all modern homes, you’ll see that most fascia boards are made from PVC. This material has a lot of advantages over the wood that was traditionally used. As it’s a resilient material, it can stand up to a lot of bad weather without taking any damage. As well as this, it can cope with temperature changes without problem, where wood would crack under the pressure.

This doesn’t mean that PVC boards are less attractive than wood. You can still have the look of wood and the resilience of PVC, thanks to wood grain style engraving on them. You can also have PVC boards in almost any colour you can think of, so it matches the rest of your home and looks just how you want it to. The additional bonus here is that you’ll never have to keep repainting it, as it will keep its colour without peeling or flaking.

The Benefits Of PVC Fascia Board

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons you’d want to install PVC fascia boards on your home. Here are just a few of them to consider:

  • It’s easy to install
  • Lots of colours and styles to choose from to match your home
  • Keep your roof well protected from the elements and prevent expensive roof repair bills
  • Will last for years to come

If you have any questions about installing PVC boards on your home, talk to an expert such as us here at Kents Building Plastics. We can help you pick the right board for your home.

PVC boards are often the best way to protect your roof and keep your home looking good for years to come. Now you know what they can do, you can pick the right one for your home.

Open As Usual in Yate

OPEN AS USUAL – Those of you local to our Yate branch in Bristol will have no doubt heard about the devastating fire that a nearby business suffered nearly two weeks ago.

Currently Waverley Road which you may use to get to us is closed.

We are still here and sill trading as usual but you will need to enter the estate from either Station Road or North Road. Study our map here http://ow.ly/ZLnG30grrXq for more info.

 

 

No one likes waiting in Newport

We now what its like, nothing ever goes to plan and dates can creep up on you quickly. It doesnt take much to miss an order deadline and push a job back in the diary.

At Kents we understand that no one likes waiting, and use suppliers that offer quick turn arounds.

 

We can supply UPVC Door and Windows from just 5 days, including most woodgrains and the popular Anthracite Grey.

Composite doors can be ordered up and be ready for collection or delivery in just 5 days also

Bi folding doors in White or Anthracite Grey are available from 7 days, amazing when you consider the size and logistics of moving them about.

Aluminium Windows can be had from 5 days.

 

All of these quick leadtimes may give you the ability to squeeze in another job before your next big job, and of course your customers will be massively impressed when you tell them their Bi folding doors could be fitted at the end of next week!

 

Finally, don’t forget we are the best priced window and door supplier in Newport – We will endeavour to beat any like for like quote! Try us on your next job, you wont be disappointed.

To get more info speak and to take advantage of these prices, ring the Newport trade counter on 01633 287567 or email maxine.bosley@kentsdirect.com

If you are not familiar with the full range of products we offer now is the perfect time to look around, you’ve made it this far, now go and browse the other areas of our site.

 

Quoted leadtimes do not include weekends or public holidays.

Chairmans Announcement

Sit tight for a few words from our Chairman, Mike Kent

 

I am delighted to announce that Kent Building Plastics will open its 5th Outlet on 16th October in Newport, South Wales.

When I left Marley Extrusions in 1987 to set up a plastics builder’s merchant business I did not plan to have multiple outlets and indeed numerous recessions and challenges along the way did not encourage growth!

However, in 2012 we relocated to our Yate branch to huge premises and then moved the Hereford branch to triple its size in 2014. Bath was added in 2016 and Iron Acton at the start of this year. These developments have allowed us to grow continually and we have more than double our turnover within the last 4 years.

I am very proud that all our growth in the last decade and more has been made without any borrowing – it is all funded from sales within Kent’s.

The Newport branch will open up more opportunities for us and will also assist with our growing internet sales as South Wales customers will have a local pick up point.

Michael England our Managing Director has been a brilliant at working with our loyal and committed staff and with organising so much of the detail at Newport and I thank him and everyone at Kents for their belief – it is that belief that drives Kent’s onwards.

Regards 

Mike Kent

Know Your Roof and the Importance of Soffits in Kents Direct

Getting to Know Your Roof: Soffits

 

In order to keep your roof in good shape, you need to understand the role that each component plays in preventing water damage.

 

Most people will be familiar with roof tiles, but do you know what roof soffits are used for?

 

The Role of Soffits

 

The soffit board can be found tucked away behind the fascia board on the lower part of the roof. They are used to connect the roof overhang that is found at the side of the building.

 

The soffit can be seen at street level, even though it is under the fascia and it is usually ventilated so that air can flow into the loft area. If your soffit does not have ventilation then it is likely to be in the fascia.

 

Ventilation from soffits is essential as the air that is allowed to flow around the roof area will help prevent condensation and rotting of the timber used in the main body of the roof.

 

 

Soffits Materials

 

The most common material used for soffits is uPVC or aluminium, each of which is durable and has their own benefits. uPVC is relatively cheap compared to traditional wood soffits or aluminium soffits, but it lasts a long time and will by no means put you at more risk of leakage than choosing more expensive materials.

 

One of the main benefits of using uPVC soffits is that they offer better insulation, which means it is a great choice for older houses.

 

Aluminium is slightly stronger and will last longer when used for soffits and it will not discolour like uPVC can do when subjected to intense sunlight. Aluminium is highly water resistant, so it is a good investment if you live in an area that experiences a lot of rainfall.

 

With so many high-quality materials available for your roof, often the choice comes down to aesthetics, which means that each and every person will have a preference.

 

Some people will want their house to maintain a traditional look, while others prefer a more contemporary look that makes their house stand out. Whatever material you choose for your soffits, it is sure to last for many years.

 

Installing and Maintaining Soffits

 

If you are good at DIY and can reach your roof safely, you may be able to install and replace soffits, fascias and guttering yourself. If, however, you feel unsafe and inexperienced, then a reputable roofing company will do it for you.

 

Once you are happy with the installation of your soffits you must check them on a regular basis as small cracks can appear that, left unchecked, can cause a lot of damage. While uPVC is very durable as it does not rot, you must ensure that there are no cracks that appear or there is no debris caught up in it after a bad storm

 

If you are looking to buy new soffits or you need advice on any aspect of roofing, contact Kents Building Plastics today for expert advice from our friendly team.