During the course of our everyday work- we often come across soffits that may look a little suspicious. What do we mean by suspicious? Well asbestos has been used for many years in the construction industry and can often be found used in soffits.
There are two types mainly used. AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) and AC- (Asbestos Cement).
It is absolutely vital that the first step if asbestos is suspected – that a test is carried out to determine which of the two above is present. (If indeed asbestos is present at all- as sometimes it can look suspicious but turn out to have no asbestos content). There is no way of knowing what type of asbestos is present without having them tested.
Samples should be taken- (you can get self- test kits- but we prefer to use a licenced contractor). These are then sent to a laboratory and the content determined.
If it turns out that you have AC soffits then these can usually be removed by a competent contractor with the correct certification for non-licenced asbestos removal. Correct removal procedures will then be used to remove the AC soffits and bag them correctly keeping any danger to a minimum. (Mac installers all have this qualification).
It still needs to be treated as hazardous waste and collected by a specialist disposal company- but the costs for this are fairly reasonable.
If the test results show that it is AIB then this is a completely different matter. This can ONLY be removed by a licenced HSE contractor. This type of soffit can release dangerous fibres when disturbed.
Any company that does not spot that soffits are potentially asbestos containing materials- should probably be discounted. Asbestos can be dangerous and therefore should only be dealt with by the correct tradesman.
Covering over asbestos soffits is NOT an option. This would require fixing into suspect soffits and this will result in releasing potentially dangerous fibres into the air. Not only putting the tradesman at risk- but the home occupiers and neighbours.
If they are left undisturbed they will not harm you- however if you suspect that your soffits are not wood and are unsure if they contain asbestos- make sure you use a company that will follow the legal procedures required correctly.
So can gutter guards/brushes really keep your guttering clear and save you from having to clean them out yourself or hiring someone to do the job for you?
Listen – some people will rave about them and say they do a fantastic job- others not so much.
We can only tell you what our everyday experience is with them.
Not only are we professional upvc roofline installers- we also have a gutter cleaning and repair department. We are in our 19th year of business and do this work day in day out.
So I guess you could say we are pretty experienced.
The idea of a gutter guard is to prevent leaves and roof debris actually entering the gutter space and blocking it up and therefore causing overflows and damp.
The idea that putting something in your gutter to prevent something blocking it seems slightly odd really- but this is what a gutter guard does. It sits in your gutter and supposedly stops leaves and debris getting into your guttering.
Trouble is – we have yet to find a way to stop leaves falling or rain washing debris off your roof- so the leaves keep coming……..
They sit on top of the gutter guard and yes- we find- your gutters still get blocked.
We often get calls asking us to come and remove gutter guards and we have seen gutter guards blocked with leaves.
It’s a dilemma!
I think our conclusion here would be- yes- they may help to keep leaves from blocking your gutters for a slightly longer period- however there is no real getting away from it- leaves will
keep falling and gutters will need checking and clearing on a regular basis.
When Mac first began- we already knew the problems that ‘capping over’ existing wood fascia and soffits causes. Our fitters are roofers and have seen the damage this causes.
We decided there and then that we would not do this. We have always stripped off all existing wood and used ‘replacement’ upvc roofline products.
There are a number of reasons for this: Read More
As you know we specialise in all things roofline. Fascia, soffits and gutters play a huge role in protecting your roof and keeping the elements out of your home. Read More
So- a long overdue update:
Our 18 years of experience has taught us that our customers happiness is just as important as the quality of work that they receive. If you’ve had any work done by our company and have a review you’d like to give us, then feel free to post one on Yell.com
If you visit Yell.com you will see all the brilliant reviews we have received! To top it, our customers rated us 5/5 stars. How impressive is that?
As most of us know, summer time is the time we all like to have barbecues, spend time with family and friends etc. Having something as simple as a fascia or gutter replacement could really spruce up the look of your exterior. We offer a brilliant range of colours. You can also chose from flat colours or wood grain style. (All within a great price range). Quality and affordability is always a thing we like to consider at Mac. We want you to receive the best and most affordable work possible.
If you’re thinking of having any work done why not now? In a few months it will soon be Christmas again, so most of us will be budgeting for that. Winter can be so unpredictable. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof all safe and watertight with quality fascia’s, soffits and gutters? Now is the perfect time to contact us. Visit our website for more details. Happy summer !!
Yes I know- it’s not the most exciting of subjects- but- when your fascias and guttering start to fail- it’s got to be worth making sure that when you spend your hard earned cash replacing them- you only do it once?
There is only one way to do this job properly- strip back everything to the rafter feet- after all how else are you going to check whats going on behind and make sure you are going to get a good fixing for your new roofline?
We are always really busy and work 50 weeks a year (we do allow ourselves a good break over Christmas !) So what you might ask- well – we have times of the year when we are REALLY BUSY and I mean so busy that we have to turn down work. This is frustrating because we like to be able to help everyone that contacts us.
What we find is that lots of people ring us when they are having big problems with leaking gutters and rotting fascias pulling down gutters. They tend to notice this more in the winter months when we have more rain and snow.
Yes it’s that time of year again. Darker nights, cold, wind, rain……. depressing eh!
All you want to do is snuggle up on the sofa with a good book or a nice film- warm and cosy…ahhh lovely. Then you look out of your window and see that mini water feature drip drip dripping…… ‘mmmm should have cleared out those gutters’- you think.