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DirectPlastics.com FAQ's

 

Q: uPVC fascias or timber fascias?

 

A: Fascia boards made from uPVC now far outstrip sales of timber fascia boards. Why? Because they are maintenance free, do not discolour and are much more cost effective than timber making them a popular choice. With realistic timber effect foils now commonly available in colours such as Light Oak fascias, Irish fascias and Rosewood fascias, there’s really no need to choose timber, as you can have the best of both worlds with low maintenance uPVC – aesthetics and performance. All fascia boards stocked by DirectPlastics.com are protected by Heat Shield technology, ensuring your fascias don’t warp, twist or bend in hot weather.

 

Q: What is a Fascia? What is a Soffit?

 

A: Fascia boards are the horizontal bands below the gutters and roofline which nail directly into the roof joists. Commonly they are available in different edge profiles including Square, Bullnose and Ogee. Soffits are designed to fill the remaining gap between the fascia board and the brick work. The soffits are designed to sit on the return leg of the fascia board on the underneath of the roofline.

 

Both protect the timber structure of the roof, whilst providing ventilation to any loft space.

 

Q: What would be my guarantee?

 

A: All uPVC fascias, soffits and gutters carry lengthy manufacturer backed guarantees for total peace of mind. Please visit our guarantees page for more information.

 

Q: I’m matching existing fascias and I’m not sure of the colour?

 

A: This is becoming increasingly common. As people improve their properties rather than move, you may have had fascias replaced many years ago and aren’t too sure of the colour – particularly common with Rosewood and Mahogany rooflines. Alternatively you may want to match the colour of your new uPVC windows.

 

The solution to this is to use our free sample service and we’ll get a small piece sent out to your home so you can make the decision with a physical sample rather than relying on a picture or simply ask us for the RAL colour.

 

Q: What is a Bargeboard?

 

A: A Bargeboard is no different than a Fascia board. It’s just called something different as it runs from the boxend to the roof apex.

 

Q: What is a Boxend?

 

A: A Box End is used to provide a neat finish at each end of the fascia installation. It also joins the bargeboard which heads up the apex of the roof. Larger box ends require a deeper fascia, such as a 405mm fascia board which can be used to complete several boxes. Mid terraces and other applications do not require boxends.

 

Q: What is Hollow Soffit?

 

A: Hollow Soffit is only suitable for use as a Soffit Board, not as a cladding.  Hollow Soffit is often a cheaper alternative to solid soffit boards, but is versatile in that it can be used to create a stylish tongue and groove effects under the fascia board. It can be fitted at right angles to the fascia, or parallel with it.

 

Q: Are DirectPlastics.com’s products Eco Friendly?

 

A: All our products are made without harmful lead and tin stabilises still commonly found in rival manufacturer’s fascia boards. Our supplier Homeline is ISO:14001 compliant and also manufactures Core, a recycled roofline option that looks indistinguishable from standard fascias.

 

Q: Are DirectPlastics.com products BBA Approved?

 

A: All our roofline system and claddings are BBA and BSI approved. This means they are tested to withstand whatever the British climate can throw at them including heavy wind, rain and snow.

 

Roofline Jargon Explained …

 

Have you been asked by your builder to order roofline materials and you aren’t quite sure what they mean. You’re not alone. We get lost of customers calling our roofline experts saying they can’t find certain products, when is simply a case of builders calling products by different names – especially across different parts of the country.

 

So, why not check of jargon buster before calling us to see if what you a looking for is below?  

 

Soffits can also be described as ... Multi-Purpose Boards, Multi Boards, Flat Plates, Planking, Multi Board, Gee Pee & General Purpose Board.

 

Reveal Liners can also be described as... Cappit Board, Capp Over Board, Cover Board, Cloaking & Window Board.

 

Window Trims can also be described as... Trims, Make Up, Window Finishes & Arc’s.