A fascia and a soffit are two completely different things but often referred to together so easily become confused.
After a builder installs a roof, there’s always an open gap between the rafters and the masonry walls. Generally, this gap doesn’t look very nice. And, it also allows rain and wind to enter the roof space along with any birds, wasps and other creatures that might want a dry nesting place. A fascia board tucks under the overhanging roof tiles and reaches down to the bottom of the rafter’s end profile. The board travels along the entire length of the roofline.
The soffit covers the underside opening between the fascia and the wall. Additionally, rainwater guttering needs somewhere to fix to and fascias are an ideal place for this.
So, in a nutshell, they close the gap between roof and walls, this protects the inside of the roof from water ingress, high winds and wildlife infestation. Oh, and they look prettier too.
You can make fascias and soffits from uPVC, or wood. Although, these days uPVC is much more common.
Replacement Costs: Including Labour & Materials
So, how much does it cost to replace fascias and soffits?
On average, if you have a typical home, you should expect to pay about €100 per metre to fit new fascias, soffits and guttering. This calculates to about €1200 to €1500 for a semi-detached house and would take two professionals around 2 days to complete.
However, this doesn’t include removing the existing boards first. You’ll also need scaffolding to work from and this will cost from about €200 to €1000 depending on the amount you need. Generally, uPVC is cheaper to buy than wood and is easier to install. For a high–end building or renovation of listed buildings, it’s usual to use wooden boards to match the original. Also, we find that replacements in and around Dublin cost about 20% more than the rest of the country.
How can you spot damage?
Fascias aren’t usually close to the ground where you can check them every day. So, the first hint you’ll have is when you see paint flaking or cracking. If you ignore this, you’ll then notice chunks of fascia breaking off or you’ll see the boards start to warp. This is more obvious in fascias compared to soffits because fascias tend to be solid wood while soffits will often be plywood. You might experience wildlife visitors in your loft where they’ve managed to break in through holes and cracks. If you see any of these, you need a professional as soon as possible. In the meantime, try to prevent as much water from getting through as you can, by filling holes and painting temporarily.
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