Soffits & facia

13 Feb 2005
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United Kingdom

I am in the process of having my soffits and facias replaced. I've had a quick look at the facias they are using and its seems to be 10mm facia board and the soffits are 9mm hollow. Is this sufficient, they have removed all of the old wood facia and soffits and don't appear to be using any further backing board.
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The hollow soffits are OK, but that thin fascia should be on a timber backing.

Only the thicker (20mm?) fascia is suitable for fitting on its own
Minimum thickness for replacement is 16mm. I don't mean to worry you but there is no way I would have 10mm on my house fitted directly to the rafters. :eek:

Don't forget the fascia board holds the weight of the first row of tiles and the gutter full of water, ice and snow.

We use 10mm for over capping

Hollow soffit is good for cladding a timber soffit as its fitted in small sections to give a continual tongue and groove effect. If there is no wood there then I assume they are putting the hollow soffit in lengthways in one whole piece.

Thanks for the replies. It turns out they are fitting 16mm facia boards the 10mm capping board I saw is being used for the bardge boarding. I was a little concerened because I am using a Swish approved company and they are supposed to be using Swish/summitt products and i thought they may have been installing inferior products but it looks like i probably haven't got anything to worry about.
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Hi I own a business doing this trade, you have no worries with the 16mm board although I use an 18mm board this is suffiecient, If they use the 10mm board for the Bargeboarding they will probably be capping it over. This causes the timber to sweat, swell and rot faster then normal. For your own piece of mind I would call the company on the off chance to ensure all you guarantees are in place and if you guarantees will cover this instance. I know it sounds drastic and dont mean to worry you, Im sure I will be fine for probably 20 years, but I would check this out for peice of mind.

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