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Soffits and Fascia Replacement Costs

Material Costs, Labour Fees and Time Frame Estimates for Soffits and Fascia Replacement

In this article, we outline the work needed to be carried out when replacing the roofline soffit boards and fascia, including a brief discussion of typical issues, guide prices, along with the reasons that the soffit and fascia boards have to be removed and replaced. It is typical to get the soffits and fascia boards replaced as a result of discolouration, rotting, in the event of wooden boards, or due to a bigger project including replacing the guttering or the installing a new roof.

The job is pretty straightforward where the old move just needs to be removed and then replaced with the new ones. However, the task does involve doing the work at height so, it is important to be cautious especially when attempting to do the task DIY.

It doesn’t hurt to do some due diligence and seek out professional contractors before proceeding with the work. Remember that this article should be used for reference purposes and shouldn’t be considered a substitute for reliable professional advice.

What Does the Job Entail?

The fascia is that board that is fitted where the outer walls meet the roofs. Also referred to as roofline, it is installed directly to the trusses. It does the job of supporting the bottom roof tile row as well as the guttering. The soffit boards, meanwhile, are located under the fascia. It is usually ventilated to make it possible for the air to flow unencumbered into your roof area. The boards may look unassuming, however, they perform a tough job of dealing with gallons of water constantly, as a result, they do deteriorate fast.

Cost Reduction Possibilities

It is common to replace the guttering in your home the moment the soffits and fascia boards are replaced. This requires the guttering to be dismantled, removed and then replaced. This way, if you choose to have the guttering replaced whilst you’re replacing the soffits and fascia boards, you may enjoy a significantly lower overall cost. If you plan on replacing your roof, it goes without saying that the soffits and fascia boards will need to be replaced too. With the various available materials today, the task of replacing your roofline features will usually be a straightforward job that wouldn’t require replacement for several years to come.

DIY Prospects

It is possible to get your soffits and fascia replaced DIY. However, you do need to make sure that working at height isn’t something you will have qualms with and that you have some significant experience as well. Otherwise, it is better to leave it to the experts. You will generally not need any planning permission. However, if your property is considered a listed one, you’ll need proper professional advice before proceeding. Also, in the process of getting the old boards removed, there might be some cosmetic damage to your pointing and rendering. So, be sure to account for the costs of re-pointing once the job has been completed.

Generally, replacing the roofline features is considered a straightforward job, however, it is important to be cautious during the removal process, especially when dealing with rather old boards due to the possibility of asbestos content. If there’s a chance that asbestos may be used in the old soffits and fascia board materials on your roof, it is best to have the professionals take a look at them to ensure your safety. 

Scaffolding is usually not required for a standard replacement of soffits and fascia boards. All you need are access ladders. However, for instances where there is limited access, then you may have to consider getting scaffolding erected. This can drive costs up, so be prepared to shell out more.

Due to tight budgets, some people may be tempted to just go about replacing the section of the soffits and fascia boards that are rotting, however, this would mean gradually getting the sections replaced gradually over the years which could eventually cost more in the process. So, it is better to just get the whole task done in one go to lessen the overall costs.

Soffits and Fascia Boards Replacement Costs

Costs involved with the project can vary based on the property’s type and size, the location, the dimension of the replacement boards, as well as how easy or not it is to access your property. However, assuming that there is easy access where scaffolding needs to be erected, getting your soffits and fascia boards removed and replaced for a semi-detached property with 3 bedrooms will usually cost about £1200 to £1800. This assumes that there is no need for the eaves felt and guttering to be removed and replaced as well. However, this is a possibility you need to entertain as the project will also require scaffolding and the project also requires fairly cheap materials.

It’s common for tradesmen working on roofline projects to work in pairs. Generally, they will charge a daily rate of about £200 to £250. It would take about two days of the soffit and fascia boards replaced.

Cost Breakdown

For hiring tradesmen to get your soffits and fascia replaced for a semi-detached double-storey house that has easy access and a hip roof, expect the costs to be around £1500. Of that, £825 covers for the materials and waste removal, £375 covers for the tradesmen fees, and £300 cover scaffolding costs.