uPVC Services Guide

Many homeowners are now realising the benefits of installing quality uPVC fascias, soffits and guttering.

Appleby Roofing Contractors are approved installers of Swish and other British Standards specification uPVC systems.

Thankfully, for most people roof construction, repairs and maintenance, is something that doesn’t come up every day. We understand that it can be difficult to know what to do, who to trust, how much to pay, or even what half of the terminology means:


  • Guttering
  • Fascias
  • Soffits
  • Barge Boards
  • Shiplap

The best place to start is to enquire about our services and let our experts talk you through everything. But here’s a quick overview of our uPVC roofing services.


The fascia board is the long, straight board that runs along the lower edge of the roof. The fascia is fixed directly to the roof trusses and usually does all the work of supporting the bottom row of tiles and carrying all the guttering.

This is no mean feat, especially when it is raining hard. In a downpour the roof of a 3-bed semi could be washing several gallons of water per second into its gutters.


This is the board that is used on the gable end of a house. The condition of the bargeboard can often make or break the look of a house, and over the years it has evolved into some very attractive shapes.


The soffit board is tucked away under the fascia board. It is usually the board that you see most of from street level. The soffit can be ventilated to allow the flow of air into the roof area. Alternatively, ventilation can be provided over the top of the fascia board. Many people prefer the latter solution these days. Without adequate ventilation, condensation will form in the roof void increasing the risk of timber decay.


The Box End is a work of art, accommodating as it does the many different angles, planes and heights of the fascia, soffit and bargeboard at each corner of the house where there is a gable end.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you just overcap the existing timber?

The burning question for uPVC fascias and soffits is always whether to overcap the old timber, or go ahead with full replacement. Our whole-hearted recommendation is for complete replacement!

Overcapping can store up big problems for the future as the timber underneath the cappit board holds moisture and in time will rot the original timber fascias. However, in certain circumstances overcapping using vented refurbishment boards is acceptable.

Is your work guaranteed?

A full TEN YEARS guarantee will be given on all uPVC installation carried out by Appleby Roofing and a full explanation of the system will be covered in depth at the quotation consultation.