How much do fascias & soffits cost?
Fascias and soffits are integral parts of most houses, yet many people would probably be unable to point them out on a building. They are the elements that cover the end of the roof beams which project outwards from the wall and beneath the roof, with the fascias forming the vertical, front-facing side, and soffits the horizontal part beneath. Together with guttering, they help divert water away from the roof and walls, protecting your home from lasting damage.
Fascias and soffits have traditionally been made from wood, which can warp and split after years of exposure to the elements, so they are now traditionally made from uPVC. This article will look at soffit and fascia costs when installing new uPVC units, and give you a good idea to the kind of prices you can expect to find.
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There are lots of variables to consider when trying to come up with a price for your particular fascias and soffits job, with the main two being the size of your property, and thus the length of fascias and soffits to be installed, and the particular form of fascia or soffit you wish to install - for example, white uPVC will be cheaper than a high-end version with a timber-effect finish.
If you're going with a simple uPCV replacement for old fascias and soffits, then a good rule of thumb for the cost is roughly £100 per metre to be installed. However, there will be more to consider when tradespeople see your property and give an overall quote for the job, especially when taking into account the amount of scaffolding needed (more will be involved if they have to go above a conservatory for example), the number of people working on the job and how long it will take, and the cost of removing and disposing of the old materials. On a small semi-detached house, the price may be around £1,200 to £1,500, while a larger detached property could cost up to £3,000. Prices are generally likely to be higher in London.
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If you live in a bungalow, you can expect to pay significantly less - perhaps 20% to 25% - because the cost of scaffolding will not have to be accounted for.
As well as replacing old fascias and soffits, there is also the option to clad or cap them, that is, covering up the wood with a uPVC cover. This is only suitable when the existing elements are totally free of damage or rot, and many tradespeople prefer to replace entirely. Capping is a cheaper option though, coming in at roughly half the price, around £50 per metre.
Gutter installation costs
If you are replacing your fascias and soffits, you may be considering changing the guttering at the same time. Guttering usually works out to around £30 per metre to install independent of any other jobs, though this price will be much less if it is factored into a larger project to change the fascias and soffits too. This is for uPVC guttering - metal alternatives are available, which can cost more like £60 per metre.