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Positives and Negatives to UPVC fascia and soffits

 

UPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) is commonly used for window frames, soffits, fascias and guttering. It is very popular due to its hardwearing nature and its affordable pricing. However, there are some drawbacks and benefits to this material, as there are with any material. Here we have created a useful guide so you can consider the pros and cons of using UPVC guttering, and decide if it is the best option for you and your home.

 

 

Positives of uPVC soffits and fascias

 

Durable

 

UPVC is very durable. Once it has been installed it will not need replacing for many years. It also will not rot over the years, or split or swell, as other materials, such as wood, might.

 

Low maintenance

 

UPVC fascias and soffits are nearly completely maintenance free once they have been installed. They may require cleaning occasionally, if it has been raining heavily. Unlike wood, they will not need to be treated and stained every few weeks.

 

Variety of colours

 

UPVC fascias and soffits are available in a variety of colours, so you do not just have to choose the standard white colour. This means you can personalise your home how you like it with any colour you want, to match your homes colour scheme or aesthetic. Colours which are commonly popular are white, brown and woodgrain effect, which is helpful if you have a period house.

 

Inexpensive

 

Unlike other materials you can choose, UPVC is quite inexpensive. Wood fixtures can be double the price of UPVC.

 

Negatives to having uPVC soffits and fascias

 

May become brittle

 

The sun’s rays could make UPVC fascias and soffits go brittle over time. This can make them break easily if you rest a ladder against them when unblocking your gutters or trying to get on to your roof.

 

Can fade or discolour

 

The sun can also cause UPVC fascias and soffits to fade and discolour over time. If they are white they could start to go yellow after a few years. This can cause them to look dirty, there is not a lot you can do to get the bright white shade back.

 

Not suitable for some period properties

 

It is possible to get a wood effect on UPVC fascias and soffits, but some houses in conservation areas may not be able to get UPVC roofline fixtures. To keep aligned with the period the home was built in, you might need to ge real wood fascia and soffits, which cost quite a lot more than UPVC.

 

Even though UPVC is a great material for fascias and soffits, you can see there are some drawbacks you should consider before making your final choice. You should get a range of quotes from reliable roofline experts to find out which material is best.

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