Types Of Fascias And Soffits
When it comes to deciding on the right type of fascia and soffit for your home you will need to take some time to decide which one is the right fit. Whether it’s pricing, durability or ease of installation, you will want to strike the right balance so the installation goes smoothly and it stays in place for years to come.
The fascia and soffit play an ongoing role in ensuring the good health of your home and it should be an investment that offers real value to your property. To help you find the right one, we list the different types of fascias and soffits below, along with the benefits they will bring.
Different types of fascias
There are three main types of fascia boards available on the market. The materials used for these are vinyl, aluminium and timber. Each one has different qualities which need to be considered before installing them onto your roofline.
Timber was once the main choice of fascia available for homeowners due to the visual benefits it added to the home. An issue that many were unable to resolve was the corrosion and rotting of the wood which would mean having to repair or replace the fascia on a frequent basis.
Benefits of timber fascias
- Aesthetically pleasing to the eye
- An affordable short-term option
- Mostly water resistant
- Re-painting wood increases its resilience
Along with uPVC fascias, aluminium has become one of the most popular alternatives to timber. The main downfall with aluminium fascias is they are more expensive than both wood and uPVC.
Benefits of aluminium fascias
- Versatile material that can work with or replace wood
- Easy to cut and install
- A low maintenance material
- Easy to paint and adapt to house design
This is the best type of fascia board for homeowners who want to install their own fascias onto their property. It is the most cost-effective material available today and is found on far more houses than any other type of fascia around today. The Homeline Flat Board White is a great example.
Benefits of uPVC fascias
- Cheap and extremely durable material
- Can be installed quickly and easily
- High levels of weather protection
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Available in a wide range of colours
Different types of soffits
Similar to fascias, there are a small selection of soffits available to choose from. Before investing your money into a soffit for your home, take into consideration your local climate as well as your budget constraints and DIY capabilities, as these will all make a difference to your final decision.
Wooden fascias were once the most popular choice as were timber soffits, although they faced the same decaying issues commonly associated with the material. Timber soffits do look fantastic when installed, creating a rustic appeal that other variants cannot match.
Advantages of timber soffits
- Adds aesthetic and financial value to the home
- Can be repainted as much as needed
- Has a natural, timeless appeal
- Recyclable and ecology friendly
Steel soffits are seen as more preferable to wood as they offer more durability. It can also be purchased in a number of different colours. One main drawback is they can be quite expensive compared to some of the other more common materials.
Benefits of steel soffits
- Long lasting and durable material
- Can be pre-cut to match exact dimensions
- Range of colours to suit property style
- Stands up well to seasonal weather changes
Fibre cement has become increasingly popular in the building trade finding a range of uses, especially in roofing materials. This extends into use for soffits, although their popularity is still some way behind uPVC.
Benefits of fibre cement soffits
- Lightweight and easy to use
- Broad selection of colours and styles available
- Extremely weatherproof material
- An affordable option for most homeowners
The use of uPVC material is growing everywhere you look within the home, be it on windows, doors, roofing and much more. This type of soffit will last for years to come and is available at an extremely affordable price point. The Homeline Hollow Soffit White provides a sustainable and long-term solution.
Benefits of uPVC soffits
- Rot and water resistant
- Available at a very low price
- Comes in a wide range of colours
- Easy to install onto your property
- Can be maintained without much effort
This soffit sits at the more expensive end of the price spectrum, although it does bring with it a number of long-term benefits. Along with uPVC, aluminium soffits are usually what most property owners go for today.
Benefits of aluminium soffits
- The material will not crack or chip
- Able to withstand high levels of moisture
- Low-level maintenance
- Uncomplicated installation process
Common soffit and fascia maintenance issues
Some soffit and fascia types will require more maintenance than others. Here is a short overview of the types of issues that can occur over time:
- Cracks and discolouration
If you start to see cracks on the surface of the soffit or fascia this will mean you may have to replace the affected area. Discolouration can be repaired by repainting the space to freshen up the exterior.
- Rotting and imperfections
Exposure to the outdoor elements will mean that fascias and soffits will show signs of wear and tear over time. Wooden types usually show more degradation than other materials, leading to rot and mould which will require replacing.
- Water leaks
As long as the roof system has been installed correctly, soffits and fascias will not usually be the reason for the sudden appearance of a leak. However, if mistakes have been made during installation a leak can filter out behind the fascia. This will then move down to the soffit and potentially into the property. If the gutter system is overflowing or incorrectly installed, this can also lead to water dripping on the fascia and soffit.