More Information on Eaves Protection:
At EasyMerchant, we've got you covered if you're looking for cost-effective protection for your eaves. Whether you're ordering enough for a quick DIY job - or you need dozens of products for a big building project - we'll make sure you get each product at an unbeatable price.
Here, we'll take a look at why you should protect your eaves - and how the products we stock will help.
Information on eaves
Plenty of us have heard of 'eaves' on your home - but what actually are they?
Essentially, it's a way of describing the overhang of a roof on a house - where a roof beyond the wall underneath it. This design is needed for a few reasons - but not least because without out, water that runs off your roof wouldn't clear the building so it would channel into a guttering system.
To create eaves, the rafters that are used to make your roof protrude slightly beyond the brickwork. As well as the water channelling benefits - this also stops birds and animals nesting and getting into your roof.
Soffits and fascias information
Eaves are generally made up of a combination of what's known as 'soffits' and 'fascias' - coverings that stop the roof simply sitting on top of the house like a hat! A fascia closes the gap between brickwork and the roof - and a soffit goes underneath the fascia board at a 90-degree angle to the wall, closing the gap.
As well as give an aesthetically pleasing look to the home, fascias give a solid mount for the home's guttering system.
With these in place it might seem that there's no need for further protection - but in reality, they don't completely close up the gap between roof and masonry - and where there's a gap, there's a chance that your home will get uninvited guests; ranging from rainwater to birds and bats.
How does an eaves protector work?
In the past, thick and heavy layers of roofing felt were used between the rafters and the tiles that make up your roof. However, as new, thinner and more lightweight felt has come into use, there's not quite the same level of protection that this heavyweight felt offered.
With a gap in your roof, the right amount of wind and rain can cause water ingress - and unchecked water in your home is never good.
An eaves protector works by covering this gap - effectively creating a new felt support tray that channels water away from your brickwork and into the gutter. The good news is, an eaves protector cost-effective and easy to handle - so it's not a big outlay of time or money to make sure your house is ship-shape.
What is an eaves protector made from?
An eaves protector is made from PVCu, so they're very hardwearing and long-lasting. The PVCu is also treated to ensure the elements don't weather it. They won't fade or degrade, no matter how hot, cold, windy, or wet the climate is.
Eaves protector product description/technical specifications:
- Minimum Roof Pitch: 15°
- Maximum Roof Pitch: 70°
- Dimensions (Length x Width): 1500mm x 190mm (1.5m x 19cm)
- Weight: 1kg.
- Colour: Black
Fitting new protection to your eaves
If you're a professional roofer, installing support tray protection that mounts on the fascias is likely to be easy - but for DIYers, this is a fairly involved job - so you need to be confident that you're safe and happy working at height and understand what you're taking on.
Installing your support tray guards will require a little roofing knowledge - as you'll need to temporarily remove the at least the bottom run of tiles that overhang your home.
With these out of the way, you'll be looking at exposed roofing felt, cross members, and the top of the fascia board that the gutter is attached to. This exposed top of the fascia is what your protection is going to fix to.
At this point, it's worth considering the condition of your fascia boards. Generally, they will be fine - but if they have been exposed to the weather over time, they may have degraded and require replacement with new ones. If you're not sure, talked to a roofing contractor about the best way to tackle the job - damaged roofing parts will often result in water ingress if they're not dealt with correctly.
When you lift your guards into place, you'll see the shape fits against the profile of the roof and boards. The longer section of the guard will meet the roofing fabric - and the downward facing part of the guard will sit in front of the fascia boards, kicking out slightly to make sure water enters the gutter.
There's a section that you'll notice sits perfectly on top of the fascia boards - this is where you should secure the guard using the appropriate nails. Start 15mm of the end of the guard, then aim to space further nails roughly every 300mm.
When you've installed your first new guard, you should overlap the next one by roughly 150mm to ensure you've got a connection that won't allow any water to creep between.
When in place, use another nail to go through both guards and into the fascia board - then use 300mm spacings as you work along the boards.
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Every product is high-quality
When it comes to roofing, you need to be able to walk away from your job knowing your product will stand up to whatever comes its way - for many years.
This is why we make sure each product is certified as up to the job:
Product quality information:
- Satisfies all NHBC Standards 2008 Edition
- Manufactured to BS EN ISO 9001 : 2008
- Complies with all relevant Building Regulations
- Meets all relevant British Standards