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Rooflines Questions and Answers

There are many more questions and answers than can be put on these pages, the most important, given the nature of the work involved is to ask yourself;

“ Given its knowledge and experience, would you be confident in trusting any other to provide the expected performance and result that a dedicated Rooflines franchisee can provide”.

Q: Do I have my Rooflines replaced or capped over?

A: The British Plastics Federation's code of Practice for the installation of Cellular PVCu Roofline Systems states:

"It is recommended that a total replacement rather than the capping of existing timbers be adopted, where possible. Capping effectively seals moist and perhaps, already rotten timber, in an environment which is conductive to fungal attack. This will result in a more rapid deterioration of existing timber. The capping board will tend to 'insulate' the rot and promote conditions where the fungus can multiply and spread,"

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Q: What age of house is most likely to be affected with Timber decay?

A: To answer this there are seven main points to make:

In the 1960's 70's and early 1980's Britain's House Builders had major aspects to consider.

Time, demands for houses were high, costs were a major factor, construction loans were not staged as in American and European Countries.

North American, Scandinavian and Russian pine is the Worlds supplier for flooring, door frames, skirting's, fascia soffit and roofing timber.

Pine, grows around the World like the band on a hat but differs by global region, some better quality, some are not so good.

British Builders bought Russian 4th grade timber white pine, and continued because of the price level that has become well established. What a terrible legacy, one on which the homeowner has to pay

In the 1970s the bodies governing house builders recommended that all roof timbers be tanalized (treated against rot) still today, less than 10% actually regard this recommendation. Fascias, unprimed.

In 1985 the Building Regulations were changed requiring that all new houses have a ventilation system in the soffit of the roof, to provide air and aid prevention of humus growth within the roof.

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Q: What signs do I look for and consider?

Clear signs of decay, fungal growth on sap lines, corners split and unstable, verge undercloak and pointing not fully supported.

Gutter and fallpipes faded and brittle, joint rubber deteriorated.

Cast iron, seams split at rear, putty joints hard, stained, cracked and leaking.

Asbestos pipes, soffits, cracked (egg box impression) disintegrated in minute particles within your home.
Having to paint or employ to paint every two to three years, a never ending cost that actually increases.

Replacing: maintenance; wash down personally with warm soapy water or call upon Rooflines Cleaning Service.

Replacing: forget painting forever.

Replacing: adds peace of mind and value to your home.

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I would like to record my thanks and appreciation of your thoroughly professional job, in replacing the fascias in PVCu on the upper storey of my house. Your work personnel were very competent and carried out their task in a swift efficient manner, leaving the site absolutely clean and tidy - a credit to you all!

With Thanks,

S. Boyle
North Yorkshire

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