Roofline is the term builders, architects and tradesmen use for the boards that run along the bottom edge of your roof where it meets the wall of your house.
In fact, there are several various kinds of roofline. All are designed to do a slightly different job, but all are equally as important in protecting the fabric of your home from the worst of the weather. Traditionally, roofline was made from long, continuous wooden boards just like wooden window frames, however, wooden roofline requires regular maintenance and repainting if it’s to stay looking and performing at its best.
For that reason, many homeowners over the last 20 years or so have opted to replace rotting timber roofline with low maintenance UPVC alternatives. The Eurocell range offers a wide choice of styles and colours, including woodgrain to complement our natural frame effect windows and doors. So, as well making sure your roof timbers and brickwork are protected from wind-driven rain, they also bring lasting kerb appeal to your property.
Dartmoor Windows can supply you or your Builder with all the roofline products your project or property requires. Using the Eurocell product range means we can offer a wide variety and colour match to our uPVC window and door ranges. Once you have provided us with your list of required roofline and rainwater products we can usually have them ready within 2 days (subject to availability), and we also carry a small stock of most products in the event you may run short.
1. Fascias - Fascias are the boards that are fixed to the bottom edge of your roof at the front and rear of your house. The fascias main role is as follows - to hold the bottom row of roof tiles in place, provide a solid base on which to fix guttering and stop the exposed ends of your rafters absorbing water which can lead to damaging damp and rot. As you can see, fascias need to support a good deal of weight without warping or breaking under the strain - especially when you consider several gallons of water per second can be running into the gutters of the average semi-detached house during a downpour.
2. Soffits - Soffits are the boards that fit between the fascia and the wall of your home. Soffits are designed to protect rafter feet from rain and moisture and seal the roof space so birds and rodents can’t find their way in and build nests. While sealing your roof from animals and the elements, it’s important soffits also allow enough air into your roof space to prevent damp and condensation from building up inside - something that can cause as much damage in the long run as allowing water to penetrate from the outside.
3. Bargeboards - Bargeboards are simply fascia boards that are fixed to the diagonal edge of the roof along the eaves of your house. Like standard fascias they do an important job of shielding timbers and brickwork from wind and rain, although they are not as crucial structurally because they don’t have to support the weight of the roof tiles or guttering.
4. Capping boards - uPVC capping boards provide an attractive, low maintenance alternative to the annual expedition up a ladder to repaint your timber roofline. As long as your existing fascias and soffits are free from rot and damage these easy to fit boards can be attached directly on top to create a weatherproof barrier and prevent any future damage.
5. Guttering - If you have to replace your fascias the odds are your guttering will need to be updated too. Lighter than the original cast iron and available in a range of profiles and sections to best match the look and style of your home, Marshall Tufflex guttering is manufactured in lightweight, high impact uPVC for easy installation and, barring the occasional trip up a ladder to remove leaves and moss, years of maintenance free performance.