Most people who buy a new home do not know how much work needs to be put into maintaining that wonderful new look that impresses so many. In order for the new home to look just as good in a couple of years as it does now, the new home owners needs to check for signs that announce the failure of wooden cladding or fascia boards. Not only that, the soffit board also needs to be checked regularly.
Many new home owners find this perspective frightening, especially as they do not know much about cladding, soffit and fascia boards. However, knowing what they are is of great help to any new home owner, as he or she will know exactly what and where to check to ensure that no problems arise with their new home. UPVC cladding is used to either cover or replace any older cladding that may be present on the house, such as timber one. While timber cladding was regularly used on most homes in the past, modern homes come with the UPVC version. This will eventually need replacing in the future, but after a much longer period of time, many years, compared to the wooden one.
Fascia boards are placed at the end of the rafters of the roof and they usually hold the rain gutters. This means that if any rain gutter fails or is leaking then the water will end up on the fascia board, causing it to rot. A rotting board is a serious issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Fortunately, plastic boards do not have this problem.
To check and see how the fascia of your house is doing, and the material it is made of, you will need a ladder to climb up to the roof. Look for the spot where the boards meet, and test the wood with a screwdriver to see if it is solid or if it is rotten inside. That should be easy to notice, as pieces will fall out and it will be extremely soft. The entire length of the boards needs to be checked and marked for replacing. The sooner they are replaced, the better, as water can make them softer and softer until they will no longer function properly.
It is also easy to see when cladding needs replacing, although that does not require a ladder or anything else. A visual inspection is usually enough to determine whether it needs changing or not. Cracked or warped cladding is not an uncommon sight for older homes with wooden cladding. The more modern cladding will not fail in this way. Regardless of the material used, if any signs of old age are visible, a replacement is in order.
Just make sure that the new cladding you are getting is made of plastic as it is more weather resistant than wood, and also more durable. This does not need to be checked as often as the wooden cladding, and also it will not easily crack.
As these areas of your home are extremely exposed to the elements, high quality replacements must be bought, to ensure that your home is well protected. Not only that, but installation must be performed by certified professionals who have experience in this field. A good work force will not only have the project finished quickly, but they should also be able to provide you with tips and advice that will come in handy in the future.
So while UPVC cladding is more durable than the wooden one, and the plastic fascia boards are more durable than the wooden ones, it is important to check them. Do not think that just because they are made of materials other than wood they are safe from any accidents or bad weather. Also, the soffit board could be the cause of other problems, so make sure that is checked as well. Home owners should not be intimidated by the fact that they have to check things regularly around the house.
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