Cost of Capping Fascia Boards
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to cap your fascia boards, including the costs of labour and materials.
If not properly maintained, fascia boards will make an otherwise well-cared for home look atrocious. For this reason, painting, re-casting, or installing new fascia boards, is a project many homeowners might want to undertake.
This however is not a job which you should take lightly. Nor is it the type of job a majority of owners will want to attempt to perform a DIY job with. Therefore, prior to casting the fascia boards around the exterior of the home, these are certain aspects to consider for the project to go off without a hitch.
Capping the Boards
The option to cap the fascia boards is simple and efficient, when done by the right professionals. Tradespeople who specialise with such roofing projects and siding work, will complete this in virtually no time at all.
In addition to being simple and quick it is affordable. It will help improve the home’s exterior appearance immediately. What the project entails is nailing new fascia boards over the existing ones. Therefore, it you don’t want to replace all the boards, this is a quick approach which takes less time, and will cost far less money in the long run.
Obviously, the alternative to replacement is to cap the fascia boards. Yes, it will cost less initially. You are simply placing new boards over the dated ones.
Another route might be to simply paint the current fascia boards. If it is simply an aesthetic issue, many owners will choose this route as it is far cheaper than capping or replacing. Bear in mind that this will be a short-term fix, and can lead to structure, rainfall/drainage issues in the future.
Capping the fascia boards is usually a quick and easy project. You can expect to pay £200-£300 for the cost of labour. This cost will cover the amount of time required for most tradesman to complete the job (which will typically require 1 or 2 days of labour). This is of course in addition to the actual cost of the capping for the home, which will range from £700 to £1000 for larger homes.
If additional guttering work has to be performed, this might also incur additional costs. Bear in mind that every project has potential issues that may arise, so this should also be budgeted for when hiring tradesman to perform this service.
If you want to improve the aesthetics of the home, you might also want to replace/finish the gutters. Although it isn’t required, this will help with possible drainage issues, and also improve the overall appearance of the home’s exterior.
Some owners might choose to paint the home’s exterior. Again, this will incur an additional cost, but it is a great option if you plan on selling the home in the near future. The new paint coat will help showcase the new capped fascia boards, your new guttering system, and will help increase the resale value of the home tremendously as well.
When you choose to cap, rather than replace, this can lead to issues down the road. Although it is cheaper in the short run, over time it can lead to issues with rotting or deterioration. You are also going to have to replace the rain gutters on the exterior of the home. This might lead to issues with drainage if they aren’t properly replaced and installed as well. Therefore, it is imperative to hire professionals who not only understand water-flow and guttering systems but also properly installing them once the fascia boards are capped or replaced.
Potential emergency issues. If you simply cape the fascia boards over windows in the home, it might lead to emergency exit issues, if there is a threat in the home. This basically means if you have to exit the home quickly, and the window is the only way out, capping the boards might make it more difficult for the owners to get out of the home.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having your fascia boards capped.
Q Is capping a superior alternative to replacement?
No. However, it is cheaper, takes less time to complete, and is usually a good option for 2-3 years, if you plan on replacing the fascia in the near future. Capping can lead to issues with guttering/spacing, so keep this in mind, and discuss the alternatives with the tradespeople you are considering hiring for this project.
Q How much will it cost and how long will capping take?
The cost of labour is usually £200-£300 per day; this is in addition to the actual cost to cap the fascia (which can run from £700 to over £1000 depending on the home’s size). In terms of the project’s duration, most tradesman can complete this project in 1 or 2 days with proper tools and resources.
Q Is capping safe?
Yes, it is. If you plan on replacing the fascia within 1 to 2 years, this is a good short-term approach. It will save some money now, and it will also improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the home in the short-term. Eventually, replacement is the best option, but if you are looking for a quick fix, and an affordable option, capping might be the way to go.
Q Can capping cause damp/mould issues?
It is possible, as there are always issues which can arise with this job. However, if you hire reputable contractors or tradespeople, they will cap the front and sides, which will eliminate this possibility of dampness, which might lead to shifting of the guttering system down the road.
Q Why should I cap my current fascia boards?
The main reason a homeowner might choose to perform this project is for aesthetic appeal. If the old fascia is extremely dated, dented, paint is chipping, or there are other aesthetic flaws, capping is a quick fix solution. It will not only improve the appearance of the home but can also help increase resale value if you plan on selling your property in the near future.