Unfortunately, not many people are familiar with these terms, so we thought you might appreciate a few words of explanation.
The descriptions uPVC, PVCu and PVCue are often used to describe PVC fascias, soffits and bargeboards. You probably know what PVC means. The “u” stands for “unplasticised”, meaning that it isn’t a pliable PVC like some kids toys etc, and the “e” stands for “expanded”. Expanded or foamed PVC produces a light, strong board that is thicker than an equivalent rigid PVC board.
Fascia board is the long, straight board that runs along the lower edge of the roof. The fascia is fixed directly to the lower ends of the roof trusses and usually does all the work of supporting the lower edge of the bottom row of tiles.
The fascia board also carries all the guttering. This is no mean feat, especially when it is raining hard. In a downpour the roof of a 3-bed semi could be washing several gallons of water per second into its gutters.
Bargeboard is used on the gable end of a house. The condition of the bargeboard can often make or break the look of a house.
A Boxend is a work of art, accommodating as it does the many different angles, planes and heights of the fascia, soffit and bargeboard at each corner of the house where there is a gable end.
Cappit Fascia or Full replacement Fascia?
Capping or Cappit Fascia is ideal for properties that have timber fascia in generally good condition and free from rot. The new 9mm thick uPVC cappit fascia is fixed to the existing boards using polly pins paced at 500mm intervals. We supply and fit very high quality fascia boards manufactured by Deeplas.
Full Replacement Fascia – used for new build properties or properties where the original fascia has been completely removed. In this situation the fascia board forms a structural part of the roof. The profile is usually between 16-18mm thick. This dense product is so strong it can easily cope with the demands of the British weather without requiring a timber mounting structure.
Soffit is tucked away under the fascia board. It is usually the board that you see most of from street level. The soffit can be ventilated to allow the flow of air into the roof area. Alternatively, ventilation can be provided over the top of the fascia board. Many people prefer the latter solution these days. Without adequate ventilation, condensation will form in the roof void increasing the risk of timber decay.
Tongue and Grove
If the Tongue and Groove look isn’t to your taste, then we can offer the same quality finish in a solid flat board giving your property that clean lines look.
Guttering and Downpipes
We stock Kalsi Aquaflow guttering – Compatible with most other uPVC guttering systems.
Full range of Half-round, Square, Ogee and Deep-flow components available in Black or White (Brown to order).