All you need to know about painting roof fascias and soffits including costs of materials, costs of labour and time frames.
Typically a professional painter hired to paint soffit and fascia boards will erect access equipment to the correct height, remove existing guttering and rainwater products, remove any flaking or peeling paint from boards, cut out any small patches of rot and fill holes, sand down the boards to provide a suitable painting surface, apply one coat of primer, then two coats of undercoat, followed by a gloss coat. Then refit guttering, lower access equipment, remove all waste material and tidy the site to finish the job.
If you are hiring a tradesman to paint the fascia and soffits, its a good idea to get them to inspect guttering and roof tiles at the same time. If the guttering is old and starting to leak then this is an ideal time to replace it as the guttering has to be removed to paint the soffits in any case.
Painting the soffit and fascia boards as a DIY project is certainly possible if you are comfortable working at height and have access to the necessary safety equipment. Be aware however that painting can be a tricky business at the best of times, but especially when working at height if you are not used to it. Some jobs are simply better left to professionals who have all the right equipment, training and experience.
If the property has soffits made from a cement like material then it may contain asbestos so should not be sanded, scraped, drilled, brushed or prepared for painting in any way as this will potentially release harmful asbestos fibres. Asbestos containing boards should be either replaced by professionals, or painted over directly with masonry paint without disturbing the boards in any way. Do not attempt to prepare the surface as you normally would, at most you can simply remove any dust or cobwebs with a damp sponge before applying the masonry paint directly to the surface.
Currently working with asbestos does not require any sort of license, but you should ensure the tradesperson has had training on how to safely work with asbestos. Most people would much prefer to get any asbestos removed from their property and have maintenance free UPVC boards fitted, or alternatively new timber boards if preferred.
The average cost of painting fascias and soffits is usually in the range of £700-£1000 depending upon what material the boards are made from, how much prep work is required, and what type of house you have.
An experienced painter will usually charge around £150 per day and will quite often bring a trainee with them. Usually the job will be completed within 3-4 days depending upon the weather as the tradesmen will likely paint in the morning and then come back the next day, so around 2-2.5 days of actual work.
Here are a few average costs for replacing a flat roof:
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Individual costs for painting the soffits and fascias of a 2-storey semi-detached house with easy access - Total Cost: £800