A bargeboard is a board that is fixed to the gable end of a roof to protect the exposed end of the horizontal timbers and help strengthen the roof. It isalso quite a visible part of a property and can complement its look. Not all properties have bargeboards but if yours does it is worth looking at the options there are of UPVC. There are now many different decorative UPVC bargeboards as well as the standard flat boards and plenty of colours and woodgrain effects to choose from so your bargeboard can be made a nice feature to the front of your home.
UPVC barge boards are much more low maintenance than wood and as they are there to protect the end of your roof then why not go with the best and most durable material out there which is UPVC. Once you have changed over to a UPVC bargeboard there will be no more costly job of painting to keep it looking nice. UPVC bargeboards will never rot and the only up keep is a clean once in a while.
Installation or replacement off your old barge boards could seem a bit tricky, first you will need scaffolding to complete the job properly and safely. The new boards are five meters long and taking down the old wooden barge boards is not something that can be done from a ladder. You may find that removing the old boards can take away some of the cement. This can be re cemented after the new UPVC barge board is fitted, some of the roof tiles may have to be removed also. Once you have removed all the old boards the replacement UPVC boards can be installed. The UPVC barge boards are nailed to the rafters with UPVC nails, making sure there is a small gape between the boards at the top point of the gable where the boards meet this is for a piece of trim to give a neat and tidy finish.
The bottom corners of the boards are going to need finishing off with some trim as well. Once all the UPVC is fitted and tiles that needed to be taken off can be put back and any cement that came away can be re cemented. There is the easier and cheaper option of capping over the top of the old wooden barge boards. This is only recommended if your existing wood is in good condition with no rot. If the wooden boards are is good condition then capping over the top will protect them from the weather and stop them rotting in the future. Capping over bad rotten boards will trap any moisture underneath and cause problems in the future. If your barge boards are looking untidy and your thinking of replacing to UPVC then give us a call as all our quotes and advice is free.