Forrest Roofing Contractors can supply and fit a wide range of high quality uPVC roofline products including fascia boards, soffits, barge boards, dry ridge systems and guttering.
Although the property owner may consider these to be a relatively small part of an overall roof system, they are critically important to the effectiveness and longevity of your roof and, as such, it is vital that these are kept in good, working condition to prevent water damage and mould growth.
Why uPVC roofline?
At Forrest Roofing Contractors we believe that the high quality uPVC roofline products from established manufacturers such as FloPlast which we supply and fit represent the best possible replacements for timber fascia, soffit and barge boards, mortared ridges/verges and ageing guttering.
Our fascia, soffit and barge boards are available in a range of 15 colours so we can closely match the existing, original colour scheme of your property or offer something different – whichever meets your needs. Modern uPVC fascias, soffits and barge boards offer a maintenance-free solution thanks to a heat shield technology that protects them from the sun’s rays – meaning no more expensive or backbreaking, awkward painting every other year.
They are also more robust and quicker to install than timber so protecting your home better for longer and minimising the disruption. They represent the ideal replacement for existing wooden roofline. Modern uPVC guttering is less prone to the distortion experienced by older plastics thanks to the Scottish climate and is now available in a wider range of colours to suit your property – we can offer 7 different colour options for guttering.
Why is roofline important?
Roofline’s primary function is to protect the structure and finish of your home from the damaging effects of rainwater such as damp and mould. Fascias and soffits were most commonly made from timber and such wooden boards are still found on many homes and business premises. Wood, however, needs constant (and expensive) regular maintenance such as painting and repair in order to keep it protected from rot.
Traditional mortared roof ridges and verges can fail unnoticed due to their position and you only become aware of it after water damage has become visibly evident inside your property. Guttering is just as critical to the protection of your home or business as something as simple as a sagging, leaking or incorrectly-aligned or supported length of gutter can result in your walls being constantly soaked by overflowing rainwater causing both external and internal damage if left unattended.
Aside from the practical purpose of your property’s roofline, worn wooden fascias and peeling soffits, loose ridge tiles and sagging, leaky guttering makes your home look tired and uncared for – new roofline not only protects your home but also gives it a facelift for a relatively low cost.
Roofline terms explained
Fascia boards (or just fascias) are positioned at the bottom edges of your roof and provide the backing onto which gutters are mounted so their strength is crucial to keeping your guttering in place and correctly aligned, allowing rainwater to flow away from your property.
Soffits (or soffit boards) are those parts of the roofline that are visible when you stand next to your wall and look up to the underside of the roof and extend from the top of the walls out to the fascia board. In older buildings these are typically of a timber construction (as were the fascia boards). Ventilated soffits help to keep your roof timbers strong by limiting the build up of damp in the enclosed roof space.
These are fascias which are installed on the gable ends of a house to protect the underlying timber and to provide additional strength.
Dry ridge and dry verge systems
Traditionally sand and cement mortar was used to fix ridge tiles to the tops of roofs and seal the edges (verges) of a roof with verge tiles. Over time with exposure to the variety of weather conditions we experience in the west of Scotland, the mortar deteriorates, the ridge and verge tiles can become loose and allow the ingress of water into your property.
Dry ridge and dry verge systems do away with the need for mortar, instead using uPVC tiles and mechanical fixings to seal the roof’s edges and removing the need for maintenance by removing the need to check, maintain and reinstate mortar.
Gutters are the channels mounted around the bottom edge of your roof (attached to the fascia board) which carry the rainwater away from your roof and walls and are connected to downpipes where the water should drain away too – typically they have come in a range of materials over the years from metal (cast iron, zinc, copper) to plastic (PVC, uPVC).