While your roof does an excellent job of keeping the rain out of your home, fascia boards, soffits and guttering also have essential tasks to do. The fascia covers up the ends of the roof rafters, protecting them from the elements and helping to keep the building watertight. Soffits are underneath the fascias. If you stand by the front of your home and look up, the soffit is the board that is facing you, parallel with the pavement. Finally the guttering collects rain from the roof and takes it away into the drains, or into a water butt in the back garden if you want to save water for your plants.
As such, all three elements are very important to get right if you want to protect the fabric of your home from potential water damage. Wooden fascia boards and soffits can rot away, letting the water in and causing no end of problems. Old or faulty guttering can come away from the building, or allow water to leak into or down the walls.
How much might you pay to have your fascia boards, soffits and guttering replaced?
Any quote you get will depend on a variety of elements. Will you have your existing fascias cladded or taken away and completely replaced with new ones? Both methods are fine providing they are done to the proper standard. Many people get uPVC soffits and fascia boards now, as they do not require any maintenance, but the cost of uPVC or wooden replacements will also vary.
Assuming you have your whole property redone at one time, you could expect to pay around £1,000 for a semi-detached property, to cover the cladding of the fascias and soffits. If you prefer complete replacement, you can add around 50% onto the cost.
Costs can also vary depending on whether (and how much) scaffolding is required. If you only require your fascia boards replaced/clad, you should still consider getting the soffits done at the same time, especially if it will require scaffolding. It will cost more to have scaffolding put up again in the near future when the soffits need replacing.
As for guttering, prices are usually calculated per metre. For a new uPVC gutter to be fitted, prices can be in the region of £33 per metre. If you have cast-iron guttering on an older property, you may be able to have it repaired. Either way, whether you opt for repair or replacement of a cast-iron gutter, costs can be around twice those involved with uPVC guttering.
Guttering of any kind can sometimes be repaired rather than replaced. You may have lost the end stops on your guttering for example, or one of the brackets might be loose. If the rest of the guttering is in good condition a simple replacement part might be all that is required in this case. As such the costs will be very small indeed for things like this; you might even want to do it yourself.
Make sure you shop around for quotes
As you can imagine, seeking a handful of quotes for the work that needs doing is essential. Quotes will vary depending on the exact nature and complexity of the work, not to mention where you are in the country. Quotes from tradespeople in London are likely to be higher than those you might receive for a property in the north of England, for example. Make sure you compare like-for-like quotes too; for example compare replacement quotes to ones that offer to repair whatever you have, if you want to look into that possibility.
Don’t be afraid to ask for references either, or to see some work they have already completed. Once you have the quotes it is well worth looking into what they have already done. This can help you make the right decision on which tradesperson or company to choose to get your fascia boards, soffits and guttering replaced for you.
Alternatively you may be able to replace some or all of these items yourself. You’ll need a head for heights if you have a two-storey property, but you could save some money if you go down this route. Make sure you know exactly what is required however, and consider whether you really are able to tackle the job on your own. If you end up doing a substandard job, it could cost you money in finding a reputable trader to come out and rectify the mistakes you have made.