Fascia boards are located on almost every home in the UK, they support the weight of the first row of roof tiles, hold the guttering in place and protect the roof rafters from the elements.
These boards were previously made from timber but over the last three decades, plastic Upvc has become the material of choice due to its low maintenance properties and price.
This page is all about fascia capping and how much it costs.
We know that outdated prices published online are unhelpful, that’s why we last updated this page on the
What’s Best – Full Fascia Replacement or Capping?
Most homeowners choose to have their existing timber fascia boards and soffits removed and fully replaced with a plastic Upvc alternative.
Another option to consider is capping, also known as overcladding.
This is where the new plastic boards are nailed directly over the top of the old timber fascias.
There are some advantages to capping:
- you can use thinner plastic which is cheaper
- it’s much quicker to nail the new boards onto the old ones rather than fully removing them
- the completed installation looks identical to a full replacement
- if you have asbestos soffit boards, these can be encapsulated with the plastic, making them safe and avoiding costly asbestos removal.
As you can see from the photo above, bargeboards and fascia boards are identical, the only difference being bargeboards are located on an apex/gable.
Typical Roofline Capping Works Schedule
When you instruct a roofing firm to provide you with a price for fascia capping, you should receive a works schedule which lists all the materials to be used and a brief explanation of how the project will proceed.
If you’ve never seen one before, use the one below as a guide.
Everything listed here is included in our capping price guide you’ll see further down the page.
- Full inspection of the roof to check if it’s suitable for capping.
- Supply a detailed written quote detailing specifications for materials.
- Details of what access equipment will be used; ladders, access towers or scaffold etc and how long it will be in place.
- Removal of the rainwater guttering and drainage pipes.
- Installation of 10mm capping fascia, barge and soffit boards, nailed to the existing boards with stainless steel nails.
- New guttering and rainwater pipes are then installed.
- New eaves felt should also be fitted, this protects the roof eaves from rot.
- The plastic should be sealed to the walls and windows with a mastic sealant to prevent insect infestation.
- All waste material to be removed and disposed of.
- Details of the guarantee to be provided to the customer.
Cost to Cap Fascia and Soffits
The table below contains the results of our research into fascia capping costs.
We sourced these prices from roofing firms in 2015 and again in 2018. The figures below are an average of the prices we were given.
We feel this data should provide you with a realistic guide to the cost of fascia capping, although every home is different and we recommend sourcing your own quotes for your property.
|Location||Small Business /Trader||Larger Business (5+ employees)|
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|South, SW and Midlands||£800.00||£1200.00|
|Outer Region and North||£675.00||£1050.00|
The above price is for roofline capping and new gutters/pipes to a 3-bed semi-detached house with a total of 24 linear metres of roofline.
The roofline contains many different parts and materials; timber, plastic, tiles and sometimes cement.
The prices on this page are to cap the roofline boards with plastic, they exclude the following:
- replacing any rotten timber rafters
- cement work
- unblocking underground drains
Our price guide also assumes your property is easy to access.
If you live in a 5-storey building, then you assume it will cost more for your roofers to access the roof.
How Long Does It Take To Cap Roofline Boards?
Capping over the original roofline boards on a typical semi-detached is very easy and will take two workers about one day.
If the boards were to be removed and replaced, the work would take around two days.
This is because a full replacement involves a considerable amount of extra work and much more waste.
Key Differences Between Capping and Full Replacement
It costs substantially more to fully remove the old boards and replace them with new ones.
The cost of this work is covered by our guide to replacement fascia and soffit costs.
Full replacement usually involves erecting scaffold or access towers and removing a few courses of roof tiles before the existing boards can be taken off with a pry-bar.
It is much easier to cap over the existing boards, and the work is usually completed via ladders and the tiles do not need to be removed. The work can be finished in a fraction of the time compared to a full replacement.
Which Should I Choose – Capping or Replacement?
The purpose of our website here at Quotation Check is to provide our visitors with a ballpark cost for various construction and home improvement projects.
There is a difference of opinion within the roofing industry as to whether it is best to replace or cap over fascia and soffit boards.
We know that most homeowners choose to have the old boards fully removed, although there are a few good reasons to choose fascia capping, most notably the reduced cost, ease of installation and the fact it doesn’t disturb asbestos soffits.
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