The True Cost of New Roofline Fascias and Soffits

Update 2022: The cost of some building materials, including PVCu fascias, soffits and guttering, has skyrocketed over the last 18 months with one supplier being forced to increase their prices four times last year. Inflation within the home improvement industry has been well documented in the media and confirmed by our research but how much does it currently cost to get a professional to replace roofline fascias, soffits and guttering with PVCu?

On this page we’ll cover:

  1. The cost per linear metre that installers are charging to remove an old roofline and replace it with white PVCu products.
  2. The cost per linear metre to supply white fascias, soffits, guttering, fixings and ancillary products (this will help DIYer’s budget).
  3. Example prices based on house size.
  4. How much extra you’ll pay for brown fascia and soffit boards.
  5. What other readers of this page have paid (via our feedback forms).
  6. A typical “works schedule”.
  7. Answers to common questions.
  8. The best place online to compare prices for fascia and soffits.

Roofline boards and gutters

Fascias and Soffits Cost Per Linear Metre of Roofline

In April 2022 we contacted 9 roofline installers from various locations around the UK and asked them how much they charge to remove the old boards and guttering and replace them with new PVCu.

Based on the prices we were given for our property which has 40 linear metres of roofline, the average price per linear metre was:

Remove roofline boards and guttering and replace with PVCu£140 per linear metre
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The price above includes:

  • Access equipment.
  • Removal and disposal of the old roofline boards and gutters etc.
  • The supply and installation of new PVCu boards, guttering, fixings and ancillary products etc.
  • All labour.
  • VAT, if charged.

Do bear in mind that we gathered prices from installers up and down the country and also smaller and larger firms. This is just an average price, consumers may pay more in London if they choose a national installer or they may pay less if they live in the north and use the services of a local “one man” tradesperson.

Materials “Supply Only” Price

In April 2022 we drew up a list of materials for our property with 40 linear metres of roofline.

By using the price list at Direct Plastics, we calculated the cost per linear metre of the materials on a “supply only” basis:

Materials supplied£35 - £45 per linear metre, depending on spec
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The price above excludes scaffold, waste removal/disposal and labour, it’s how much the materials cost for a typical installation and includes fixings, ancillary products and VAT.

Example Prices Based on Property Size

This pricing table displays prices based on house size, due to the economics of scale, smaller properties cost more per linear metre than huge dwellings.

Use this as a ballpark estimate as to how much the project will cost:

Terraced house 11m£2000
Semi detached 24m£3750
Small detached 34m£5000
Medium detached 44m£6250
Large detached 54m£7500
Larger detached 75m£10,000
Small porch/canopyAdd £500
Larger porchAdd £750 - £1500
Single garage or small ground floor extensionAdd £1250
Double garageAdd £2000
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Brown Fascia and Soffits Cost This Much More

The prices displayed on this page are for white boards and guttering in either white, black or brown.

Brown fascia and soffit boards cost more than white boards – the boards have a laminate finish on the surface which adds to the cost. Also, these boards are less popular so due to the economics of scale, they cost more to produce.

Our research in 2022 revealed that you’ll pay between 15% and 25% more for a roofline installation with brown or black boards compared to white boards.

This is How Much Others Are Paying For Roofline Fascias, Soffits and Associated Works

Since 2017, we have asked visitors to this page how much they’ve been quoted for replacement PVCu roofline fascia, soffits, guttering and other similar products.

Due to inflation and the recent skyrocketing cost of materials and home improvement prices in general, many of the responses are now out of date but you may find them insightful:

Paige (Conwy)Front and back of house, facia, sofits, guttering and pipes. (2022)£1650
Michael (Portsmouth)I work in a building suppliers and we sell mostly plastic gutters, boards and plumbing goods. We've raised our prices 7 times since the start of the pandemic due to supply-chain issues and the cost of imports. Some of our products now cost 90% more than they did two years ago. You can't rely on historical prices at the moment, just go and get a quote from a local installer. (2022)£variable
Mark J (N Wales)End of terrace property with 2 bedrooms. (2021)£1700
Redacted (Hants)We charge £100 per metre + VAT. Our number is [redacted]. (2020)£100 per metre +VAT
Alex (Northampton)4 bedroom detached house medium size, 2 sections at front need scaffolding only. White with black drainpipes.
Prices from £4950 - £10,000 (national company) breakdown of scaffolding is only £450. (2019)
D Buckle (Surrey)3 bed semi to replace facias soffits gutters and front mock tudor barge boards. no scafforlding required.
Had two quotes so far at £4408 and £ 3450 compared to other people these seem very high for 3 days work. (2018)
£3450 and £4408
Steve Jones (N West)The best price I was given was £1850 (semi detached with porch and small garage). (2017)£1850
Chris (Middlesborough)We've had two prices so far, the first was a stomach churning £4750 while the second, from a local chap was £3000. 4 bed property with two extension and garage. (2017)£3000 - £4750
Zoe (London)Terraced house, front and back. Overcladd to keep costs down. White plastic. (2017)£750
Matthew Spencer (Surrey)We received quotes for new facia, soffit boards, vents and rainwater gutters/pipes to our 3 bedroom semi. The prices all came in at around £2500 (2017)£2500
F (Glasgow)three bed semi your looking at £1200 bud. ( 2017)£1200

Extra Costs You May Need to Budget For

Below is a list of five optional extras that will incur additional costs:

Replace the cement – gables, valleys and roof ridges are where cement is located and if it’s in poor condition, it should be replaced at extra cost.

Asbestos removal – some soffit boards installed before 1990 may contain asbestos and will cost more to remove and dispose of.

Blocked drains – blockages underground mean that your new gutters may overflow. Pipe flushing is both quick and cheap but a more serious blockage could result in a new pipe and/or soakaway being installed at extra cost.

See how much drain unblocking will cost you here.

Leaf guards and filters – these prevent leaves and other bits of debris from entering the gutters. These are an optional extra but worth considering if you have a lot of overhanging trees close to your roof.

Woodgrain effect coloured boards – Mahogany and Rosewood woodgrain effect coloured boards cost more than plain white ones. Expect to pay 15% to 25% if you choose these boards instead of white boards.

Fascia and Soffit Works Schedule

Below is a works schedule that reveals the steps installers take when replacing these roofline boards and gutters:

Scaffold – most installers will have their own access equipment, this is usually an access tower that can be easily erected to the height of the roof. Boards and handrails can be used to extend the platform over obstacles such as conservatories. On rare occasions, perhaps due to an inaccessible area that is too high or above a public footpath, a scaffold company may be brought in to erect more heavy-duty equipment at extra cost.

We have separate prices for scaffold here.

Remove the existing boards and gutters – we feel the best approach is to fully remove the existing boards rather than “over-cladding” on top of them, although in some circumstances that approach would be acceptable; for example, if the existing boards are fairly new or in excellent condition.

Replace rot – the rafters are a structural part of the roof and responsible for supporting the entire roof above. The lower part of the rafter is often exposed to the elements and any rot should be cut off and replaced. As a general rule of thumb; if your existing fascia boards are showing signs of rot, there is a good chance of at least some rot spreading to the rafter feet.

Fitting the boards – the soffits, bargeboards and fascias are secured to the rafters with stainless steel nails that will never rot or degrade. These boards come in 5-metre lengths and are joined with a special cover strip that leaves an allowance for thermal expansion.

Guttering – the gutters are always installed at a slight angle so rainwater flows into the outlets and vertical pipes that carry the water to ground level. The bracket spacing is also important as too far apart and the gutter may sag during heavy rainfall or snow. We feel a good limit is 800mm although many installers choose 1000mm spacings. All joints and outlets should also be held in place with screws to prevent thermal movement.

Vents and eaves – vents help to reduce or prevent condensation in the loft, there are several options to choose from; some visible and some hidden behind the gutter. Eaves felt overlaps into the guttering and should always be replaced as the existing felt will mostly be rotten at this exposed part of the roof.

Waste disposal – there is a lot of waste from a typical roofline installation, your installer will probably need one trip to a waste disposal or in some cases, they may hire a skip.

See how much skip hire and waste disposal cost here.

How Long Does the Work Take?

A single person working alone will fit around 10 metres per day including erecting and dismantling the access towers.

A team of two people can achieve up to 15 metres per day.

Some houses, such as those with lots of small gables, multiple elevations or other unusual features, may take longer.

Additional time is needed for a site survey to take measurements and also time to collect the materials from a supplier and unload them.

Some roof tiles are bedded into cement, if these need to be replaced it will add time and cost to the project.

Low-level work such as porches, garages and ground floor extensions are quicker to complete as less scaffold is required:

Terracedone day
Semi detachedtwo day
Small detachedthree to four days
Large detachedfive days +
Single garagehalf day
Double garageone day
Capping aka overcladdingunder half the time for full replacement
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Asbestos – How Common Is It?

Some soffit boards manufactured prior to the early 1990s contain a small amount of Asbestos.

This Asbestos is contained within cement and is manufactured into a sturdy board that’ll never rot and has a long lifespan.

There are millions of houses in the United Kingdom that have Asbestos soffits secured to their roofline. It is generally considered safe if left alone but poses a significant risk if:

  • it’s sanded prior to painting.
  • it’s drilled, perhaps to secure a light in place or for a cable.
  • removed and broken up into smaller pieces without adequate provisions

We have a separate guide to removing and disposing of Asbestos legally, including a price guide.

See Asbestos removal prices here.

Should Old Fascia and Soffit Boards be Removed or “Capped/Overclad”?

In most cases, it’s best to fully remove the old roofline boards and this is the most common practice.

There are, however, a few exceptions when it’s best to leave the boards in place and fix new boards directly on top of them:

  • if the original roof rafters are so flimsy and the timber fascia is acting as a structural support to the eaves area, then it should be left in place.
  • if removing Asbestos soffits is likely to produce a lot of dust and would be costly, you could leave them in place and overclad them. This is known as Asbestos encapsulation.
  • some soffit boards are secured directly to the ceiling plaster and while this is unusual, removing the soffits could damage the ceiling.

Here is a quote from Matthew, one of our friends who has over 15 years of experience in the roofline business:

During my 15 years in this trade I’ve seen about five or six houses where it would’ve been best to leave the old boards in place. For all the other roofs, we recommended removing and full replacing them.

Try Our Budgeting Spreadsheet

We have created a spreadsheet you can use to calculate the cost of your roofline installation. We also provide links to popular websites where you can order all the materials you need.

See the budgeting spreadsheet here.

Get an Online Price

As with all our researched prices on this site, we have done our best to break down the costs and charges involved with this type of work.

To start sourcing fixed written quotes for fascias and soffits that are based on your location and roof size, just tap the link below:

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These boards are actually white but they have a coloured and textured laminate adhered to the surface. This additional process increases the cost of the boards and other materials. The labour cost to install the boards is the same regardless of the colour.
Capping or "overcladding" leaves the existing boards in place. The work can be completed in a fraction of the time compared to a full replacement. Also, thinner boards are used resulting in more savings. This type of procedure should only be considered if the existing boards are in good condition.

We have done our best to explore the costs involved with replacing roofline boards and gutters but have estimated the net profit margins any company would be looking to make.

How much your company charges will depend on their overheads and how many staff they have. middle management and office staff along with sales people can add considerable running costs to any business, so expect a larger "national" company to charge more than we have suggested.

By the same token, a smaller firm with fewer overheads may charge less. Also, firms operating below the VAT threshold do not need to charge this tax.

Asbestos is never used in fascias which are usually timber or plastic but was once used in the manufacturing of soffit boards.

These boards can be safely overcladded provided the material is not disturbed.

To completely remove them, a licensed asbestos remover should be used.

Due to the sheer number of houses with asbestos soffits, there are several roofline installers who are licensed to remove the boards and we believe they would be cheaper than a general Asbestos remover.

Our excellent guide to Asbestos removal costs is a great place to start.

The Health and Safety Executive has also several guides worth exploring.

Swish and Celuform are well-known brands but are priced at the top end of the scale.

Floplast is a good quality solid board that is mid-priced.

All modern boards perform well and should last decades if fitted correctly.

Below you can find a link to our recently updated trade day rates page:

Day Rates For Tradespeople

A new UPVC roofline can improve the kerb appeal of any home but in most cases, won't increase the value of the property. An old roofline with rotten timbers and flaky paint may put off some buyers who don't to spend time and money refurbishing a property.

This guide was written by and was last updated in April 2022.

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Author - Danny Woodley
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