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Cladfit was recently asked to undertake a replacement of fascias, soffits and gutters at a property in South Benfleet in Essex.

What are fascias and soffits

As many people aren’t familiar with the term, here’s a bit of a reminder. The fascia board is a long straight broad running along the lower edge of the roof, it’s fixed to the lower end of the roof trusses and supports the bottom row of tiles and also carries the guttering.  When it rains heavily, several gallons of water per second run off the average roof into gutters so it’s important that the fascias and soffits are in good order.


The soffit is also a board but this runs under the fascia board along the house.  It’s quite visible from the street.  Soffits can be ventilated and allow flow of air into the roof area. Ventilation prevents condensation in the roof area and helps prevent timber decay in your roof.

Replacing timber fascias with UPVC  in South Benfleet, Essex

This particular property in South Benfleet, Essex, although modern, had rotten timbers on the gable end, as timber has a shorter life and less durability than UPVC fascias and soffits.  The customer decided to replace everything whilst dealing with the rotten timbers,  ensuring a longer life for the roof and better weather protection for their home.

Timber used to be the common choice for fascias on properties right up until about 30 years ago and some properties still have timber fascias today, particularly period properties, but even if you’ve got an old property, you can still have more durable, maintenance free UPVC fascias and soffits fitted and because of the many styles and colours that Cladfit can provide to match your property’s requirements and look, you wouldn’t know the difference.  What you will notice is that you don’t have to worry about bad weather rotting your fascias or soffits if they’re got UPVC,  and you don’t have to get up a ladder to maintain and paint them or pay someone else to do it.

Cladfit replace fascias, soffits and guttering in and around South Benfleet in Essex from our base in Southend-on-Sea Essex. We are experts in UPVC windows, doors, fascias, soffits, guttering and we do cladding so if you’re in Benfleet or anywhere nearby and need replacements windows, doors, fascias, soffits or guttering or want some exterior cladding,  give us call on 0800 33 454 33