All you need to know about capping fascia boards including costs of materials, labourer and time frames.
The fascia and soffit boards on many homes are still made of timber and will need repainting regularly to look their best. Fascia boards with peeling paint can make a home which is otherwise well cared for, look simply awful!. Plus rotting fascia boards can eventually lead to rotten roof rafters over time if not taken care of properly.
Capping fascia boards (sometimes called overcapping) is an incredibly easy and quick way to improve the exterior appearance of a house and eliminate the need for painting, this means you simply nail new fascia boards on top of the old ones. The work involved is a lot less when compared to completely replacing the fascia and soffit boards, therefore the job is much less expensive.
Capping fascia boards will involve the removal of all the rainwater goods (guttering and downpipes) so it makes sense to replace these at the same time. In addition this is a perfect time to examine the condition of the roof and joists for any rot or damage. Minor repairs to rotten timbers and damaged or loose tiles can be carried out during the fascia job by any competent roofer or tradesman.
But when considering capping rather than replacing, remember that timber will rot over time if it is exposed to moisture via broken roof tiles, splashing gutters or condensation. Cowboy roofers often do not tell the home-owner about any rot discovered during the job, they simply cap over it to finish the job and get paid. Once the fascia has been capped, any existing rot is hidden and it will spread over time unseen. This is why any guarantee offered with any fascia capping does not cover the old fascia that the new plastic is nailed to.
In addition, capping over the existing boards places the guttering further away from the roof tiles, which can cause water to run behind the gutter rather than directly into it. This issue is made even worse on really old fascia boards that have warped and buckled. Finally, in some cases it has even been known for capping fascias to block the opening of upstairs windows by reducing the clearance between the window and the existing fascia. If the window can’t fully open then this is a safety issue as upstairs windows are often needed as a fire escape in an emergency.
Hence it’s often best to just remove and replace all fascia and soffit boards and then fix directly to a solid roof structure, taking care of any minor wood rot or pointing problems as part of professional job. In fact you will find that most professional roofline installers or roofers will refuse to cap existing fascia as they cannot give any meaningful guarantee on the work!
If the existing fascia boards are completely rotten, then attempting to fix new boards onto the existing boards will be a complete waste of time and money. If attempted you will often find that the existing boards simply disintegrate when attempting to fix the new ones and there also may be damage to the underlying brickwork/pointing which is being hidden by the old fascia. A good contractor will warn you about these potential problems and will probably advice against capping the boards in the first place.
Access to the edge of the roof is another factor to consider, if the existing boards cannot be capped using ladders due to an obstruction (for example a conservatory), then the costs will greatly increase and it will not make financial sense to spend all that money on capping the existing boards, you may as well replace all the fascias and soffits if you are paying for scaffolding anyway.
The average cost of capping fascia and soffit boards is usually in the range of £600-£1200 depending upon the condition of the current fascias and soffits, whether the roofline has easy access, and whether your house is detached, semi or terraced.
Most roofline workers operate in pairs and will usually charge around £200-£300 per day with the majority of capping jobs taking just a single day to complete.
Here are a few more example costs for capping fascia and soffit boards:
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Individual costs for a Semi-detached house of average size - Total Cost: £750