If you’re like most people, your home is your most important possession. As well as being a place of comfort, retreat and security, it’s also by far your biggest asset. The equity in your home can support you in comfort in later years, and if you have children, it may be a significant part of the inheritance you hope to leave them.
For all these reasons, it’s worth caring for the fabric of your home as well as you can. But one area that many people neglect is the roofline. That’s surprising in a way, because problems with the roofline can lead to serious water damage to a property – and addressing those problems might cost less than you think.
Other home-owners are tempted by a policy of ‘make do and mend’ when it comes to the roofline. Popular approaches include covering up ageing woodwork instead of replacing it, or painting the ends of fascia boards where they are starting to decay. Some people use friends or acquaintances for the work, or carry it out themselves.
But while out of sight might mean out of mind for the home-owner, this sort of patch-up job doesn’t address deep-seated problems around the roofline such as decaying boards, silt discharge from the roof or damp problems.
If your home was built after 1940, it’s unfortunately very likely that your roofline was constructed with undried timbers, made from poor-quality softwood, and unleaded paint. As a result, most rooflines require regular maintenance and repainting, usually around every four years. And with the increasing regulatory requirement for proper access equipment such as scaffolding towers, the cost of that maintenance can only increase over time.
Sometimes, properties built too close together can make access to the roofline more difficult, which – along with cost concerns – tempts home-owners to defer their repairs. But that just leads to more problems further down the line.
The desire to save money by patching up the roofline, instead of replacing it, is entirely understandable. Many of our own customers felt that way. But they found that, while they could put off replacing the roofline for a few years, the problem didn’t go away. So they ended up spending twice over: once to do the job cheaply, and again to do it properly. From a long-term perspective, running repairs to an ageing roofline are a false economy.
In contrast, replacing the roofline in its entirety – fitting new gutters, fascia boards and soffits made from durable, high-quality UPVC – does away with the need for running repairs. Modern UPVC fascia boards and soffits need no maintenance whatsoever, and can last for two decades or more. And choosing an expert, professional roofline provider gives you the reassurance that you’re getting the best product, fitted in the best way – with new underfelt, birdstop materials and proper ventilation installed. Everything will be stripped out, renewed and made good from scratch.
In other words, you really can ‘fit it and forget it’ – invest in a new roofline now, and reap the benefits in savings, peace of mind and an attractive, well-maintained property for years to come.
If you’d like to talk to an expert about roofline replacement, call Anglia Roofline on 01603 872 049.