Essential Roofing Components

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When a customer contacts our specialist roofers to discuss the issue of roofing repairs or renovations their attention is immediately focused on the two elements of the roof that they consider to be the most important. They are concerned to know whether the roofing timbers are still solid and have not been compromised by wet rot, dry rot or insect infestation. They are secondly concerned about the roof covering and want to be reassured that the slates, tiles, shingle, felt and other roof covering materials have not been breached, ensuring that there will not be any potentially damaging water infiltration. Whilst these two major components of the roof are indeed of utmost importance to the aim to keep a house warm and dry, there are four lesser known roofing constituents whose functions are equally integral to keeping a roof over ones head. In this article we will detail these four features and explain how each of them contributes to the protection that a solid, well-maintained roof provides. The first of these is the fascia.

The Fascia

The fascia is a component that is positioned at the meeting point between the roof and the walls of the property. The fascia board is the elongated, straight piece of board that runs along the lower edge of the roof. The fascia is attached to the roof via the roof trusses and has two important functions. The first of these is to support the lowest row of roof tiles whilst, secondly, it supports the guttering that it used to drain away the rainwater. As the weight of rainwater can be considerable, especially in a heavy rainstorm it is essential that the fascia board is securely attached and this is one of the important checks when surveying the integrity of a roof.

The Roofers SW - The bargeboardThe Barge Board at the gable end of the house –
protection combined with an attractive finish


Easily visible when one looks up the wall of a house from the street, the soffits, or soffit boards positioned underneath the fascia boards and effectively boxes in the overhang of the roof. Soffits are customarily made from plywood and but sometimes are constructed from aluminum or PVC. Soffits are frequently ventilated with their own inbuilt vents allowing the effective circulation of air into the roof space although the preference for some roofers is to allow for ventilation above the top of the fascia. Either way, ventilation is essential to prevent condensation in the roof space that can have the potentially disastrous consequence of attracting condensation that might cause the roof timbers to rot.

A bargeboard is a variation on the general theme of the fascia board. The difference is that the bargeboard is used only at the apex of the roof, which is at the gable end of the property in question. Although bargeboards are primarily used for protection, they also play a decorative role in many properties, presenting an attractive facade to its exterior.

Box Ends
The Box End is the large section of material that is located at the bottom of the gable end of the property where the fascia and bargeboard meet one another. Like the bargeboard, the box end has two purposes. It protects the roofing timbers from external elements but also has a cosmetic effect in that it conceals the roofing joints and the area where the fascia and bargeboard join one another from view.

These essential roofing components are all required for the protection of your roof and, of course, to keep your house looking at its best. If you would like our roofers to provide you with details of our roofing service and/or to provide you with a quote please complete the Contact Form for The Roofers SW

The Roofers SW
Sterling House,
Decoy Industrial Estate,
Newton Abbot,
TQ12 5NA

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