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Bargeboard, Fascia and Soffit – Which one is which?

Bargeboard, Fascia and Soffit. Confusing huh? Read on.

bargeboard explanation
Bargeboard – Fascia board which runs up the sloping edge of a roof
 Ridge – The line running along the top of the roof
Verge – The sloping edge of the roof
Eaves – Bottom of roof slope, bottom of lowest row of tiles
Fascia – Board that guttering is fitted to, sits below the eaves

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.


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

Capping Boards

A photo of a plain capping board A photo of an Ogee
Plain Ogee

Replacement Boards

A photo of a plain replacement fascia board A photo of a Bullnose replacement board
Plain Bullnose

Plain boards are available in White, Black, Brown, Storm Grey, Dark Grey, Anthracite Grey, Sable, Pale Gold, Green, Rosewood, Mahogany & Oak woodgrain.


You will need to measure the lengths and depth of each run of fascia and note how they end – e.g. butt to a wall; turn a 90′ angle

We can supply External Corners, Internal Corners, 135 degree Corners, Straight Joints and Finials to finish the job properly


whats a bargeboard

Luxury Bargeboard Moulding

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

A photo of concave bargeboard A photo of convex bargeboard

These are supplied in 5 metre lengths.

Unlike fascia boards which have a L shaped profile these boards are flat and approx 18mm thick. This means that they are a direct replacement piece, rather than a capping over product. These are designed to be fixed directly into the ends of the rafters.


Where bargeboards end in a gable end box, measure the maximum depth and length of each box.

Depending on the pitch of the roof these will likely need a 400mm board or similar to cover. We sell these boards in 2.5m lengths to minimise wastage.

box end fascia


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 bargeboard 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.

Our range of moulding can be found here|KentsBuilding

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Cover or Replace? 

Existing 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.


We offer a choice of soffit styles as shown below.

Hollow tongue and groove soffit on the left and Solid board on the right.

A photo of a hollow soffit A photo of a flat soffit


Houses are now well insulated and must have ventilation to the roof space to stop condensation.

We supply a few different solutions for ventilation.


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.

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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!