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Gutters, Fascia's, Soffits & Barge Boards protect yout home from the elements of the weather. Like all forms of protection we if we do not look after them how can we expect them to protect us.
A gutter is a Trough located at the lower part of the roof system which directs rainwater and dirt away from the external walls of the building and prolonging the life of the structure. The main and most important benefit of the gutter is to channel away from the building foundations and into a drainage system. A clogged gutter can cause build up of moss, dirts or overgrowing plants and stangnant water overflow whichh leads to overflow of water causing damage to near by roof tiles or the lower foundations. Overflowing water from the gutter can also cause dangerous ice build up on walkways below during winter.
A Fascia is the outer facing part of the cornice and is the most visible part part of the exteriror roof protection system which generally encases the end of the roof rafters. This is also used to fix the rain gutter to.
A Barge Board is similar in description and purpose to a Fascia Baord however is usually described as protection for protruding gables.
A Soffit is also sometimes described as an Eave whih is effectively an exteriror 'ceiling'. Although the protection from rainwater on this part of the system is very little this is an integral and necessary part of keeping out cold and damp from the roof system contributing to keeping your home dry and warm.
All of the above provide a necessary protection to your home from rainwater and debris build up coming down from above. Gutter's should be cleared or debris, silt, leaves, twigs and plants at least on an annual basis to prevent damage. Serious damage can be caused to building foundations over longer periods of time however in the short term it is considerably more likely that damage to these items by overloading and blockage which could result in it being required to replace one or all of these parts of the gutter system and usually the price for replacement of these would be in the thousands. Incomparison the price of a guutter clearance alone not including the the cleaning of fascias etc is more like to be around £100 and some times less. And why replace every ten years when it could be every twently.
Cleaning of Fascia's, Soffits and Barge Boards is by most people considered to be purely for asthetical reasons however there is a much more important reason. As desribed above these parts of the system provide a home for the gutter and protect otherwise expose parts of the roof. It is necessary to maintain the parts of your home regularly to ensure that larger more costly jobs tdo not arrive. For example if your Fascia were to rot and go unnoticed or unattended leaving internal roof beams exposed what would be the cost of repair to this.
If your thinking of selling your home, which inevitably every home gets sold at some point it should be your priority to maintin the viability and appearance of the exterior of your house. First impressions count. Even very tired looking gutters can be re-vitalised and sometimes a little bit of love can leave them looking like new again.
If maintained Regularly Gutters, Fascia's and Soffits can look like new all year round, year after year.
Unfortunately these very important parts of the home are very often neglected so to ensure your home stays looking like new and safe from the elements please give us a call so that we can assess what is required. We will give you Free estimate and options on the frequency of cleaning required. In most cases we would suggest annualy would be more than sufficient for gutter cleans however dependinf on the locality of trees etc it may be needed to at least clear the debris twice per year. Remember, if it's blocked it may aswell not be there.
Call us or e-mail your enquiry and we look forward to hearing from you.