fascias and soffitsI was speaking with one of my neighbours the other day. He has his own business installing upvc windows, soffits, downpipes and fascias on houses. He is always busy, seems to have a good business, books regular holidays and has a nice car.

I got to speak with him and we started talking about career choices. He was telling me that he almost fell into his career. His friends dad was an installer of all things upvc, he started working with his friend and dad on holidays and weekends, and before he knew it he had learned the trade and started his own business.

He also told me that because of the age of most of the houses in the UK, there is an enormous need for replacement windows, guttering, fascias and soffits, and if you don’t know what they are I will explain below.

It occurred to me that any young person with a practical side to the personality could probably benefit from learning this trade. A few calls to your local businesses that install soffits and fascias may well lead to an on the job training opportunity. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.

To be clear soffit is located under the rafter tails and the fascia is a horizontal band that you can see at the end of a rafter. Both these things are required to protect your home from the bad weather and to improve the look of your home. They protect the house from the pests like squirrels, bats, and birds, and help in ventilation as well.

If your living area is prone to high winds, soffit can help to keep the water from blowing into your house. To make it more effective, you need to maintain and clean it properly. If you are not experienced, then considering taking the help of the professionals for the cleaning once in every year. If required, you can paint or repair them during the time of cleaning. If you want to get better results, always keep your fascia and soffit clean, well-painted, and caulked.

Fascias and Soffits Materials
Traditionally, it was made by the aluminum and wood. But now both these products are available in a wide range of materials. You can get it synthetic materials and composite materials such as vinyl and UPVC. These materials do not require any specific maintenance and they are durable as well. Vinyl Soffits and Fascias are available in different styles and models; you can choose any depending on your exterior design. If you are a nature lover and like eco-friendly materials, then you can go for recycled material.

Price of the Soffits and Fascias
For a linear foot soffit installation, the price is around £20 to£30. For a linear foot replacement of the fascia, a customer will have to spend £15 to £25. A number of factors determine the cost of the replacement such as what type of the material you are using and the size of your home. The normal cost for the installation and replacement of the soffits and fascias of a house can be as much as £5,000. It includes all the expenditures such as framing, soffit and fascia boards, and the drywall.

How to install soffits and fascias
The installation process is not that difficult. It is possible to do it on your own with a little knowledge. The process is as follows:

• Remove the gutters and slide back the roof tile

• Remove the soffits and fascias

• Repair any damage of the rafter

• Fix the soffits against the brickworks. Make the proper adjustments

• Once it is fixed, you can fix the fascia board. Make sure that both the soffits and fascias are fixed properly.

• After these works are complete, you can install the rainwater system

• Then install the Eaves protector

• Now installation is complete, you can bring back the roof tiles to the normal position.

Generally speaking it is a job that most home owners will not try to do themselves, mainly because of working on ladders at a height. This is another factor that makes the industry a good one to get involved in, plenty of work available, inexpensive to get started, and good returns on the investment. I think I might just look at retraining myself! The video below shows just what is involved.

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