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UPVC Fascias and Soffits

A leaking roof can cause major problems for a homeowner. Unlike other issues with a house, damaged or rotten roofs are difficult to fix and often times, a great deal of money can go into a substantial repair or rebuild. Fascias and soffits are a particularly problematic area, as these locations are where water is most likely to enter. Traditional materials such as wood can rot over time, thus allowing water to enter. Unfortunately, these leaks frequently remain undetected until a considerable amount of damage is already done. Therefore, UPVC fascias and soffits are a valuable alternative.

The Benefits of UPVC Fascias and Soffits

The main advantage of this material is the fact that it is virtually weather-proof. UPVC is not affected by copious amounts of water, it does not suffer any form of rot and can last much longer than wood in an exposed environment. Additionally, UPVC fascias and soffits do not suffer thermal expansion in hot weather nor noticeable contraction in cold climates. Therefore, their tight fit will remain intact over the years.

Notwithstanding these functional features, the upkeep on UPVC fascias and soffits is minimal. No waterproofing is needed, they do not need any exterior paint to be applied (unless desired), and cleaning is simple; performed either by a cloth or by a high pressure sprayer.

UPVC is lightweight and exceptionally easy to work with. Wooden soffits and fascia boards need to be cut at exacting angles, usually by a trained craftsman. UPVC is much more easily managed. Installation can be done in a fraction of the time that previous methods would have consumed. Also, it must be remembered that the exterior structure of a house needs to support soffits and fascia board. The weight of wooden materials is substantially more than UPVC, and this is particularly the case if the wood becomes waterlogged over time. This increased weight can weigh heavily on the walls and can even cause exterior walls to settle improperly. None of these problems are encountered with UPVC materials.

Perhaps most importantly, UPVC is considerably cheaper to purchase, install and maintain than wood.

So, it is clear to see why UPVC fascias and soffits have become the choice over wood. Between their durability, flexibility and the fact that they are exceedingly easy to install and maintain, it is no surprise that millions of homeowners consider UPVC the material of choice for their home improvement projects.

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