What is roofline and what should Iook out for ?

Fascias, Soffits & Guttering Northwich

Roofline is the term we use for the boards that run along the bottom edge of your roof where it meets the wall of your house.

Roofline anatomyThere are several different kinds of roofline and all are designed to do a slightly different job, but all are equally important in protecting your home from bad weather ensuring that roof timbers and brick work are proetced.

Many homeowners nowadays choose to replace rotting timber roofline with low maintenance UPVC alternatives. Our range offers a wide choice of styles and colours, including woodgrain to complement our natural frame effect windows and doors.


1. Fascias

Fascias are the boards that are fixed to the bottom edge of your roof at the front and rear of your house. Fascias need to support a good deal of weight without warping or breaking under the strain – especially when you consider several gallons of water per second can be running into the gutters of the average semi during a downpour. Their main purpose is :-

  • Hold the bottom row of roof tiles in place
  • Provide a solid base on which to fix guttering.
  • Stop the exposed ends of your rafters absorbing water, which can lead to damaging damp and rot.

2.  Soffits

Soffits are the boards that fit between the fascia and the wall of your home. They’re less visible than fascias (you have stand closer in to your home to get a good look at them) and slightly less exposed to the full force of the weather. While sealing your roof from animals and the elements, it’s important soffits also allow enough air into your roof space to prevent damp and condensation from building up inside – something that can cause as much damage in the long run as allowing water to penetrate from the outside. They are designed to:

  • Protect rafter feet from rain and moisture
  • Seal the roof space so birds and rodents can’t find their way in and build nests.

3. Bargeboards

Bargeboards are simply fascia boards that are fixed to the diagonal edge of the roof along the eaves of your house.

Like standard fascias, they do an important job of shielding timbers and brickwork from wind and rain, although they are not as crucial structurally as they don’t have to support the weight of the roof tiles or guttering.

4. Capping boards

UPVC capping boards provide an attractive, low maintenance alternative to the annual expedition up a ladder to repaint your timber roofline.

As long as your existing fascias and soffits are free from rot and damage these easy to fit boards can be attached directly on top to create a weatherproof barrier and prevent any future damage.

They are available in 8 different colours and widths and in two profile styles.

5. Guttering

If you have to replace your fascias, the odds are your guttering will need to be updated too. Lighter than the original cast iron and available in a range of profiles and sections to best match the look and style of your home.

What to look out for ?

If you think your roofline is damaged – or if you can see signs of wear and tear – it’s important you act quickly. Sometimes, wooden boards can let water seep through into your roof space months or years before the effects become obvious.

In particular, look out for:
• Rotting or flaking wood
• Blistering paintwork
• Rust or watermarks
• Animal droppings
• Exposed brickwork and timber

We will be happy to carry out a full inspection and assessment and provide you with a quote.