Replacing roofline – choose your option

There are two ways of replacing roofline. One offers a cheap fix, the other a long-term solution. Here’s the difference.

Capping over

You might be tempted to go for a cheaper “patch-up” repair instead of a full replacement. Known as a “cap over” in the trade, this involves removing the guttering then attaching a PVC “cappit board” to the existing timber fascia. New guttering is then attached to the cappit board. It is essential that the existing timber is sound – if it’s rotten it will continue to decay underneath eventually causing the cappit board to fall off.

Capping over is a cheaper roofline repair option as the products used are less substantial. It should only be considered if the existing timber fascia is in very good condition and free from rot. Attaching a cappit board to rotten timber will cost you more in the long run!

Full roofline replacement

Full replacement involves removing the existing wooden fascia and replacing it with a new PVC fascia board. During this process the felt that guides rainwater into your gutter can also be checked and replaced to ensure your roofing performs properly.

Whatever you decide to do, it is essential you know what you’re actually paying for.

Ask your installer which method he would suggest for your property.