Over Cladding or Total Replacement?
What is the difference between over cladding or total replacement?
Over cladding the existing wooden roofline is a cheaper option to having new fascias, soffits, cladding and guttering fully replaced. It is suitable for protection in situations where the orignal timbers are sound, and will greatly enhance the look of a property.
However, if the eaves felt has rotted away water will still be able to soak into the back of the over cladded fascia. In these cases it is important to remember covering things up does not solve the problem.
In roofs where original timbers are rotten over cladding should not be used. In these situations total replacement is by far the most cost effective solution. New timbers should be fitted along with new UPVC fascias, soffits and guttering.
Whether you opt for total replacement or overcladding depends on the amount of damage the roof has and your overall budget. Overcladding provides a low-cost alternative whilst roofs that are heavily rotted or at the end of their lifespan may benefit more from total replacement. Overcladding is a faster alternative meaning less disruption, but either process will give your roof a whole new lease of life.