Timber Fascia and Soffit Replacements.

Why replace fascias and soffits? Cladding the existing fascia boards with UPVC panels – this is the cheapest option but if the fascia boards are falling apart the cladding won't hold. The second option is to rip out the weather damaged fascia boards and replace them with new timber fascias and soffit replacements.

If you are new to DIY understanding the terminology before making a decision to start a new project is important as it's easy to quickly get lost in a sea of information.

This post will outline some of the key terms and start by moving your knowledge in the right direction.

1) Bargeboards

Bargeboard is the term used for a fascia board when it is fixed diagonally to the gable of a roof. The bargeboard provides strength to the roof structure and is fixed to (and therefore conceals and protects) the roof purlins. Bargeboards are traditionally heavily decorated, however, modern builds and renovations tend to prefer more understated designs.

Our fascia boards are suitable for use as bargeboards.

2) Guttering

Guttering is the term used to describe the shallow trough below the roof edge that is designed to channel rainwater flowing off the roof into the downpipes – it is probably the most well know roofline term. It is key that the correct capacity guttering is installed for the roof area, otherwise, the gutters will not cope with the volume of water and will overflow. It is also important to regularly clean any debris from gutters as build-up can cause blockages and prevent efficiency. If not removed, blockages can result in permanent damage. We offer a gutter brush protection system to prevent any leaves to fall into the gutter and bloke the downpipes.

We offer a variety of guttering and downpipe capacities to ensure all roof sizes are catered for. Available in a large range of different styles and colours.

3) Fascia Boards

Fascia board is the term used to describe the horizontal board that runs along the edge of the roof and is fixed to (and therefore conceals and protects) the end of the rafters. Brackets to hold the guttering are fixed to the fascia boards. Plastic fascia boards come in a variety of thicknesses, depending on the end goal. Thinner boards, known as cappit boards or cover boards, are designed to fit over existing or new timber fascias masking the wood beneath, providing a fresh new look. Thicker boards, also known as full replacement boards, or full replacement fascias, are (as the name implies) designed for new builds or when the existing fascia boards will be removed.

Our range of fascia boards includes a variety of profiles (Square, Ogee or Bullnose), as well as 14 available colours. We would always recommend using full replacement fascia boards wherever possible.

4) Soffit Boards

Soffit board is the term used to describe the horizontal board that runs along the underside of the roof and is fixed to (and therefore conceals and protects) the underside of the rafter ends. Installed at 90 degrees to the fascia boards, soffit boards complete the boxing-in of the rafter ends. Soffit boards can be vented or non-vented – venting provides a means of maintaining airflow around the attic space, thus keeping it cool.

Our range of soffit boards includes vented and non-vented styles, along with hollow panelled effect. As with our fascia boards, soffit boards are available in 14 colours.


Using the Roofline Visualiser

Freefoam has developed a handy tool to help you visualise the different colour options in our fascia, soffit and guttering range. The visualiser allows you to choose any combination of colours which you can use to plan your project. Please view our Plastops range if you are interested in using Freefoam colour-matched fixings to complete your installation.

As always we are here to help so please feel free to contact us with any queries or questions.

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