Cost to Paint Fascia and Soffits

Updated Painting Prices For 2021

Prices Based on Real Quotations

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Roofline fascias, soffits and bargeboards are located on exposed areas of the roof and subject to plenty of rain, hence why they require painting to prevent rot and water ingress.

Many homeowners have chosen to replace their timber roofline boards with low-maintenance plastic Upvc products. If you haven’t, the good news is you can extend the life of the timber boards and improve their appearance by having them painted.

On this page we’ll answer these questions:

  • How much does it cost to paint fascia, soffits and bargeboards?
  • How long does it take?
  • Does the guttering need to be removed?
  • Where is the best place to get a custom quote online?

We Asked 32 Painters and Other Businesses How Much it Costs to Paint Roofline Boards

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Project Breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of what work needs to be done:

  • Erect access equipment up to the roof edge.
  • Remove and set aside the guttering.
  • Clean the boards to remove grease and dirt.
  • Sand down the boards to remove flaky paint and create a suitable surface for painting.
  • Fill any holes with wood filler.
  • Apply one coat of primer to any bare sections of timber and allow to dry.
  • Apply one coat of undercoat to all timber and allow to dry.
  • Apply one coat of gloss to all timber and allow to dry.
  • Re-attach guttering in the original position.
  • Lower access equipment and remove all waste material.

Project 1: Terraced House – Front and Rear Only

The prices below are an average of figures given to us for the painting of roofline fascia and soffit boards to a terraced house:

You can use this as a price guide but do read the rest of this page as we’ve made a few assumptions.

Location:From:To:
London Area£750£800
South, SW and Midlands£650£750
Outer Region and North£500£600
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Project 2: Detached House – Four Sides and Porch

For this project, we asked for prices to paint the roof fascias, soffits and bargeboards to a detached property.

Bargeboards are the same as fascias, the only difference being they are located on a gable end of a roof.

Location:From:To:
London Area£1300£1400
South, SW and Midlands£1200£1300
Outer Region and North£950£1100
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What Are Bargeboards, Fascias and Soffits?

These words might be unfamiliar to those who don’t work in a trade but here’s a photo showing what these boards are and where they’re located on the roof:

Roofline explanation

Bargeboards are the same as fascias, just located on a gable end.

Where Did These Prices Come From?

We contacted 32 painters, tradespeople and firms from various locations around the UK and asked them how much it costs to paint roofline boards.

Why Can’t the Painter Use Ladders to Save Me Money?

While many painters and roofers use ladders to save on the cost of access towers or scaffold, the law is very clear; any prolonged work at height should not be completed via ladders.

For roofline painting, the safest and cheapest option is for the tradesperson to erect access towers.

As a guide, if your task would require staying up a leaning ladder or stepladder for more than 30 minutes at a time, it is recommended that you consider alternative equipment.

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Considerations

The prices on this page assume that the roof can be accessed via access towers – most reputable roofers and external painters and decorators will have these or can hire them. If your roof is difficult to access, perhaps it’s three-storeys high or there’s a conservatory that’s in the way, a scaffold may be needed which will add to the cost.

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Fascia and Soffit Painting Q&A

When Were These Roofline Painting Prices Published?

We gathered quotes in late-2020, calculated an average price and published this page in January 2021. We’ve included VAT when it was charged by the tradespeople.

Where Did The Prices Come From?

A total of 32 painters and decorators, as well as roofers, gave us prices for roofline painting. 

Why Do The Gutters Need to Be Removed?

The gutters cover around 1/3rd of the fascia boards, and it’s impossible to paint the boards without first removing the gutters.

Can This Task be Done in Winter?

Exterior painting should be done when the weather is warm and dry. If the temperature is likely to drop below 5 degrees during or within 24 hours of the paint being applied, it won’t adhere correctly.

If there is no other option but to paint during the winter, the painter should finish applying the paint no later than 11 am, this gives the paint time to dry before sunset when the temperature drops and moisture forms.

How Long Does it Take to Paint Fascia and Soffit Boards?

Here is a rough timescale for a terraced house with roofline boards to the front and rear of the property:

Day 1 – erect access equipment, remove guttering, sand down timber and make good any repairs, apply primer to bare patches and undercoat.

Day 2 – apply final gloss coat and wait to dry. Hang guttering back in place. Lower access equipment.

A detached house will obviously take longer; up to 5 days assuming two people are working on the task.

Why Can't The Roofer Just Put Up a Ladder?

Health and safety regulations state that the use of ladders should be minimised and where possible, a safer alternative should be used., especially for projects that cannot be completed in a short time.

My Fascias Are Rotten, Can They be Repaired and Painted?

Most timber fascia boards can be repaired or replaced if rot is present but it may not be the most cost-effective option. Upvc plastic roofline boards are popular because they never rot and were created specifically for use on exposed parts of the roof.

How Can I Tell if My Fascia or Soffits Contain Asbestos?

Fascia boards have never been manufactured from asbestos, but soffits were before 1999. 

Asbestos boards are actually made from cement with around 5% asbestos added to the mix as it stops the boards from breaking.

The best way to check if the boards contain asbestos is to send a sample for testing, it’s cheaper than you may think and you can get the results online within a day or so.

Asbestos boards can still be painted but should not be sanded, cut or drilled as this would release harmful dust.

Are There Any Trade Associations Where I Can Find Reputable Installers?

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors is a popular roofing association as is the Confederation of Roofing Contractors.

You can also use our network of tradespeople and of course, there’s also Checkatrade, Which?, Trustmark and other associations.

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