Most roofs are fitted with fascia boards, which are the timbers fixed onto the edges of rafters, hiding them from view. Roofs and roof timbers overhang the walls of a house. Soffits are fitted to bridge the gap between the wall and the edge of the roofline.
The area covered by soffits is not exposed to the weather and so wood is often used to make soffits. However, wood will take in some of the moisture in the air, and over time will warp and distort. Replacing timber fascias’ and soffits with UPVC is a common job for roofers.
For the Chesterfield homeowner, it is an easy way to improve the appearance of the roof edges, while ensuring next to no maintenance will be required for years to come. This article addresses the costs of replacing fascias’ and soffits with the durable UPVC.
Why replace fascias and soffits?
Why would you want to replace your existing fascias and soffits? Hopefully it’s not just because someone knocked on your door and made you an offer you simply couldn’t refuse. Unlike soffits which are tucked safely away from the weather, fascias bear the brunt of the rains and snow.
Also, any leaks from your gutters will drip across the fascia boards, making them vulnerable to weather related deterioration. When faced with rotting fascia boards, a homeowner has the following options to make the house look good again:
- 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. Cladding could be an option for new timber fascia boards to protect them against wet weather.
- The second option is to rip out the weather damaged fascia boards and replace them with new timber fascias. If you love painting and maintaining your fascias then this could be an option for you. Timbers will require preservative treatment before putting up.
The recommended option is to replace wooden fascias with UPVC fascia board because UPVC requires very minimal maintenance and is weatherproof and therefore durable.
How Long Does It Take to Replace Soffits & Fascias?
The table below shows the different durations it takes to replace soffits & fascias for various house sizes and different parts of a house, namely a porch and garage.
After the table, we look at the various factors that may influence the duration of a soffits & fascias replacement job.
Work to be done with fascias and soffits replacements
If you are spending money getting your fascias and soffits replaced, you might as well have any complementary work done at the same time. Examples of this work include:
- Installation and repair of rainwater downpipes.
- Repair and replacement of guttering.
- Roof tile repairs and replacements while you have scaffolding for easy roof access.
- Minor repairs such as cement pointing or repairs to roof rafters.
Getting quotes for all the extra work you need doing is very important because you will know how much the whole project will cost, and if you have the budget for it
Capping fascias is it better than replacing with UPVC fascias?
To reduce the cost of replacing fascias and soffits, some homeowners opt for capping or cladding instead of replacement. This could be a viable option if the fascias and soffits are still in excellent condition and will work to preserve them. However, if the timber is in poor condition and falling apart, we do not recommend capping.
Requesting quotes for both types of work and receiving professional guidance on the best way forward for your particular situation. UPVC capping prices may be lower than replacement but at the end of the day timber will deteriorate faster than UPVC so you may want to consider durability when you make your decision.
Fascia board replacement costs
For a typical 3 bedroom semi-detached house on two floors, replacing soffits and fascia board will require the erection of scaffolding. The price guide below assumes there are no access issues for scaffolding erection such as conservatories or parked vehicles which cannot be moved. The price does not include any remedial work to structural timbers, which are assumed to be in great condition. The house has a tiled, two hip roof with gutters to the front and rear of the property.
The cost of fascias and soffits is a small component of the overall price, with scaffolding costing over one third of the cost. The total for the job comes to £1,675 with the following breakdown:
- Scaffolding – £700.
- Material – £175.
- Replacement tiles and waste – £50.
- Labour – £750.
The job will take two men a total of three days to complete. The above is an average price for the job and variations in prices can be expected across the different regions of the UK. If you want the gutters replaced at the same time then extra costs will also apply.
Standard white UPVC soffits and fascias are included in the price above. Other UPVC styles such as wood grain effect will cost considerably more. Other factors which will contribute to the price include:
- Additional scaffolding to bridge across a conservatory.
- Timber replacement to rotten rafters.
- Extensive cement work to gable or ape
How Much Does It Cost to Remove Soffits & Fascias?
Estimated costs to have soffits & fascias removed. You may choose to have soffits & fascias removed in order to have new ones installed. This may be done because the old soffits & fascias have become too damaged to repair or because the homeowner would like to install new soffits & fascias made of a different material.
The labour costs involved in having soffits & fascias removed will likely end up around £20 to £26 per hour although there will probably be a minimal two-hour flat charge. The removal costs may end up around £50 to £200. You can dispose of old soffits & fascias with a skip or through a ‘man and van’ service such as that provided by Hippo Waste
Repairing Rotted Soffits & Fascias
This repair is essentially a small replacement job. In order to repair a rotted soffit, first shingle mould will need to be removed, where present. The fascia will then be removed before the soffit’s rotting wood is taken out. The rotted rafter will be removed, where applicable and a new rafter will be installed.
A sealant will be used to prepare the new soffit. The new soffit will be installed, and the fascia re-attached although the fascia will need to also be replaced if it has become damaged. Assuming a small job and minimal new materials being required, you’ll probably end up spending about £60 to £150 between both labour and material costs. This assumes 2-4 hours of work.