Rain check

OK, hands up who’s checked that their guttering, fascia and soffits are up to the worst that the next two seasons are about to throw at us? Autumn feels like it has been with us for a while, and we all know about the wind chill factor that seems to blow in to Hunstanton from Siberia during winter (I’m joking, but as a keen wind surfer that coastal breeze can be biting!).

Now, do you know your roofline? We’re often asked what’s what, and I thought a quick guide might be useful. Fascia refers to the band which runs horizontally under the roof edge, caps the rafters around a house and holds the guttering in place. The surface below this is called the soffit or eaves.
Traditionally wooden, in most houses of a certain age the weather has done its worst and, left in poor repair, the damage to a property’s masonry can be extensive and lead to damp, displaced plaster, inside and out.

Guttering helps to direct rainwater away from the roof edge and prevent damage to brickwork, but again, old materials may not be up to the job and ignoring leaks is a potentially costly and hazardous affair.
Cost-effective and durable, PVCu roofline products are a sound investment which will help protect your home and although they might not be as entertaining as a Saturday night spent watching the latest crop of Strictly stars spin their stuff, they will outperform them in keeping things in good shape for years to come. There is a range of options available for all budgets, including cast iron effect products that maintain an authentic look for period properties.