Fascia and soffit boards are located at the roof edge of many homes in the UK. They are normally made from timber or plastic.
While many homeowners have swapped their roofline boards for low maintenance plastic, many prefer to keep their timber boards and paint them every ten years or so to keep them looking fresh.
This page is all about fascia and soffits, how much it costs to paint them and whether it’s worth the cost compared to fitting plastic.
We can also help you source a competitive price for painting the boards on your house.
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Our Fascia and Soffit Price Guide
The prices on this page were sourced from roofers and painters in 2016 and 2018.
We contacted dozens of tradespeople and asked them to provide us with a price to paint the roofline fascia and soffits to a 3-bed semi-detached house.
We feel our data should reflect the current prices being charged for this type of work in the UK.
How Long Will the Work Take?
The following is based on the information provided to us by the businesses we contacted.
We assume that the painting will be done in the summer, so each coat of paint will dry quickly.
If the work is done when it’s cold and damp then your painter will need to allow more drying time between each coat of paint.
As a general rule of thumb, winter isn’t a good time of year to paint exterior surfaces.
Below is a guide to how long the work will take. Obviously, it can vary and depends on how many workers are on the project.
Day 1 – Remove guttering and support clips and set aside. Sand down the timber and make good any minor repairs. Apply a quick-drying primer and one undercoat. This will be a full day’s work.
Day 2 – Apply second undercoat (a mornings work)
Day 3 – Apply final gloss coat and allow to dry (a mornings work)
Day 4 – Re-fit the guttering (a couple of hours)
As with most painting and decorating projects, the painting doesn’t take too long but the preparation does.
The contractor also needs to leave adequate drying time between each coat and this will vary from season to season. During the summer, undercoat can dry in a matter of hours while in springtime a full day should be left before the next coat is applied.
Painting Roofline Boards – A Works Schedule
The prices displayed in the tables below are based on the quotes we sourced in 2016 and 2018.
We found that both roofers and decorators took on this type of work.
This is a list of the work included in the price:
- Erect access equipment to soffit/fascia height.
- Remove existing gutters and set aside.
- Scrape and burn off any flaking and peeling paint.
- Cut out any rot and use filler to repair holes.
- Sand down timber boards to provide a suitable painting surface.
- Apply one coat of primer to any bare sections of timber.
- Apply two coats of undercoat.
- Apply one final gloss top coat.
- Fix existing guttering back onto the fascia boards.
- Remove all waste material and leave the site clean and tidy.
Cost to Paint Fascia and Soffit Boards
Based on our research, the average cost to paint roofline fascia and soffits to a house of this size is £825.00.
Obviously, how much you actually end up paying will depend on the condition of your fascia and soffits and also how much time your tradesperson needs to spend preparing the boards prior to painting.
Boards with excessive amounts of flaky paint can take days to prepare while well-maintained boards only need a light rub down.
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Asbestos Soffits and Your Options
If your property has soffits made from a cement-based material then chances are it contains asbestos.
Below is a photo of an asbestos soffit board.
As you can see, it’s very difficult to tell the difference between painted asbestos and plyboard:
While asbestos soffits can be painted, they should never be sanded, drilled, scraped or otherwise disturbed.
It’s always prudent to ensure your chosen painter/decorator has undertaken an asbestos awareness course, so they know how to prevent the release of harmful fibres. It only takes a day to complete a course and there’s no reason for a professional to not undertake such basic training.
Also, we should note that asbestos soffit boards contain a mixture of mostly cement and also some fibres of asbestos. It’s unlikely that gloss paint will adhere correctly if applied directly to these materials and masonry paint would be the best option.
Note: According to the HSE approximately 40% of soffit boards contain asbestos to some degree. Fascia boards do not contain asbestos, they are typically made from timber or Upvc plastic.
This page contains an insightful asbestos removal guide.
How Often Should These Boards be Painted?
The fascia boards are exposed to the elements so should be painted every 7-10 years.
Doing so will prevent rot and will mean future maintenance costs are kept to a minimum.
Soffit boards are located under the roof overhang, so are more protected from the elements and don’t need to be painted so often.
Asbestos soffits never need painting as they will never rot.
If the timber fascia board becomes rotten, the guttering may come loose or even fall off:
Which Paint is Best For Roofline Boards?
Based on experience, we feel that Dulux Weathershield paint is the best option for exterior gloss work.
Dulux costs more than some other brands but in our opinion, it lasts longer and is easier to apply.
You can read reviews of Dulux Weathershield by checking out this page on the Amazon website.
Top Tips and Advice
We’ve seen many examples of homeowners and decorators painting asbestos soffts with gloss. This paint shouldn’t be used on cement based products as it won’t stick properly.
We also suggest you have any external painting done in the summer and not in the winter. Warm long and dry days mean the paint will dry much quicker and the second coat applied sooner.
It’s always best to remove the guttering and gutter brackets so the entire fascia board can be prepared and painted.
If your guttering is more than 10 years old it may be worth replacing with a new system. Speak to your decorator to see if they offer this service and how much it would cost.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace the Boards With Upvc Plastic?
Plastic is a very popular material and will never require painting, won’t rot and saves you money via reduced maintenance costs.
If you have a roofline that’s difficult to reach, perhaps it’s very high or requires scaffolding, plastic roofline boards can significantly reduce your ongoing maintenance costs.
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