Roofline

Roofline

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Roofline

Combining style with function, our extensive range of premium quality, low-maintenance roofline and rainwater products will enhance the appearance of your home whilst helping to protect it from the elements.

The term roofline refers to fascia, soffits, and bargeboards; the gutters and downpipes themselves being referred to as rainwater products.

Timber roofline products when new and freshly painted enhance the appearance of any property. Unfortunately, due to its location, roofline and guttering is not only subject to the extremes of our weather but due to the difficulties of access, maintenance is frequently neglected. This can result in numerous problems which can be costly to repair, for instance: blocked or broken guttering will overflow down the outside walls creating conditions that can lead to unhealthy damp and mould internally; if moisture gets into your roof due to rotten timber or damaged roofing felt, rafters and joists will soon start to rot; rotten timber can also give access to unwanted visitors such as birds and rodents.

There are two methods used in the replacement of roofline – either “capping over” or full replacement. The first method involves removing the guttering and attaching a thin PVC “cappit board” on top of the existing timber fascia. New guttering is then attached to the cappit board. It is essential that the existing timber is sound, if not the now enclosed damp timber will continue to decay underneath – at an accelerated rate, resulting in further damage to the roof and detachment of the cappit board. Full replacement involves removing the existing fascia and replacing it with a new PVC fascia board of a similar thickness. During this process the felt that guides rainwater into your gutter can also be checked and replaced to ensure your roofing performs properly.

Capping over is a cheaper roofline repair option as the products used are less substantial and the installation process is quicker. Although initially the cheaper option, attaching cappit board to rotten timber will cost you more in the long run. It is for these reasons that Silika roofline replacements are carried out using the full replacement method.

The gutter styles we will recommend to you take into account numerous factors: such as the effective roof area to be drained; local rainfall intensity; the position and number of the rainwater outlets; and the flow capacities of the various gutter styles. By taking account of these factors we are able to design an effective and efficient rainwater system.

By offering the premium quality products of both Freefoam and Alumasc you have unrivalled access to the broadest range of materials and styles possible in the industry.

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Freefoam

Freefoam roofline products are manufactured using advanced, environmentally friendly, lead-free PVC-U and PVC-UE formulations that guarantee long life, low-maintenance, and maximum performance. Freefoam guarantee their products will not warp, crack, discolour or blister. All white products are automatically guaranteed for 20 years, however, due to our being a Freefoam Registered Installer, this is extended to an industry-leading 50 years when roofline and rainwater ranges are installed together. All coloured and woodgrain effect products carry an industry-leading 10-year guarantee*.

All PVC products have a level of protection against the harmful UV rays of the sun. However, due to climate change and damage to the ozone layer, stronger UV rays can cause building materials to age faster. Freefoam products are manufactured with extra titanium dioxide, the natural mineral used in sun blocks, for greater protection so they last and retain their looks for longer.

The majority of roofs require ventilation in order to protect the building and occupants from the harmful effects caused by condensation. Freefoam offer a variety of products which can be used to meet this requirement including pre-ventilated soffit, circular soffit vents and over-fascia ventilation strip. Wherever possible, we use over-fascia ventilation as it is hidden from view, thereby providing a clean, low-maintenance finish to the roofline.

In order to address the problem of eaves protection – eaves being the area where roof and wall meets, Freefoam have designed a long-term solution in the form of its Eaves Protector. This multi-functional product provides protection to the rafter ends and roofing felt at the roof’s edge thereby addressing the problems associated with eaves decay under the roof, including the degradation of roofing felt and the secondary rotting of rafter timbers and other roof structures. In addition, the in-built over-fascia ventilator provides roof space ventilation, and in combination with the optional Bird Comb, addresses the issue of ingress by birds and rodents.

Key features include:

  • Low-maintenance – all that’s needed is an occasional wipe down with a damp cloth
  • Cost-effective – regular repainting of timber can be time-consuming, awkward, messy and expensive
  • Freefoam were the first to offer extended guarantees on all of their products, and are still leading the way. Freefoam guarantee their products will not warp, crack, discolour or blister:
    • All white products are automatically guaranteed for 20 years, however, due to our being a Freefoam Registered Installer, this is extended to an industry-leading 50 years when roofline and rainwater ranges are installed together*
    • All coloured products carry an industry-leading 10-year guarantee. Freefoam uses their own patented technology, Colormax™, which incorporates special pigments that reflect the sun’s harmful UV rays, resulting in a wide range of long-life colours
    • All woodgrain products carry a 10-year guarantee. Woodgrain finishes are achieved by bonding a thin PVC foil to the board at very high temperatures. These foils have built in sun protection – Solar Shield Technology (SST). SST reduces heat absorption so that the boards don’t heat up too much on a sunny day which minimises expansion
    • Freefoam’s guarantees are transferable*, so if you sell your home, the guarantee stays with it – adding to the value of your home
  • Fascia, bargeboards and soffits consist of a strong PVC-UE foam core which is protected by a smooth, strong, hard-wearing outer skin of rigid PVC-U. Resistant to acids, alkalis and other air pollution, it will not warp, crack, discolour or blister
  • Freeflow®, Freefoam’s rainwater range, is designed to be leak-free and stay that way. It withstands extreme differences in temperature, from 30ºC down to -15°C, protecting your home whatever the weather. Fluctuations in temperature cause gutters to expand in the heat and contract in the cold – you may have heard them creaking as they shift about. This constant movement puts strains on standard seals, which are hard and inflexible, so they can soon begin to leak. Freefoam’s long-life, advanced compressible seals permit movement without noise, and without giving rise to gaps which allow water to escape. The Freeflow range has a distinctive layer of white PVC inside the gutter, regardless of the external colour. Since white reduces heat absorption, this innovative step cleverly reduces the amount of heat absorbed and decreases movement by 40% compared to a standard system. As a result, Freeflow guttering stays leak-free longer
  • In addition to white, Freefoam roofline products are available in a wide range of both woodgrain effect and coloured finishes:
    • 10 colours available: White, Black, Leather Brown, Pale Gold, Sable, Storm Grey, Dark Grey, Anthracite Grey, Regal Blue and Rustic Green
    • 5 woodgrain effect finishes available: Black, Mahogany, Rosewood, Irish Oak and Light Oak – to match your existing windows and doors, creating a coordinated look
  • There are four basic styles of fascia to choose from:
    • Square Leg – the most widely used style, featuring a right angle return ‘leg’ to support the soffit
    • Round nose – with a rounded return edge, giving a softer look
    • Ogee – with a contoured return edge which gives a more decorative finish
    • Decorative Convex and Concave bargeboards – for creating a truly decorative look
  • There are two styles of soffit to choose from:
    • General-purpose board – both solid and pre-vented; giving a clean contemporary look
    • Tongue and groove – often referred to as hollow clad, this style gives a more traditional look
  • Freeflow rainwater products are available in White, Black, Brown and Caramel (certain styles only)
  • Guttering is available in a choice of styles:
    • Half Round – a classic shaped gutter
    • Square – suitable for both traditional and modern homes
    • Ogee – the scalloped shape of this gutter is designed to give a more decorative finish
    • Deep – suitable for larger roofs since it can carry higher volumes of rainwater than the other styles
    • Cast iron effect – available in both half round and deep styles, this range is designed to provide the authentic look and feel of traditional cast iron rainwater systems with all the benefits of a PVCu system
    • Downpipes are available in either round or square profiles

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Alumasc

Alumasc is the UK’s leading manufacturer of aluminium, cast iron, and steel rainwater systems. There are four powder coated aluminium rainwater systems, a traditional cast iron range for historic and restoration projects, and a newly added lightweight contemporary steel system which is a cost-effective alternative to PVCu.

Aluminium systems key features include:

  • Minimal maintenance – apart from routine cleaning for visual reasons and special consideration for coastal areas, aluminium does not require any maintenance over its lifetime, making it a cost-effective option
  • Life expectancy of 40 years in rural and suburban areas and up to 25 years in industrial and/or marine conditions
  • Durable and corrosion resistant
  • Powder coated in a standard range of 26 RAL colours with the option of specifying any additional RAL or BS colour
  • Extensive range of profiles/styles:
    • Aqualine – choice of five secret-fix contemporary profiles available
    • AX – three contemporary, economic profiles available
    • GX – three box section profiles suitable for traditional or modern buildings
    • Heritage – a comprehensive range of cast aluminium traditional gutter profiles, downpipes, and all associated fittings and accessories. Designed to provide all the essential architectural features appropriate to traditionally designed buildings. Five gutter and three downpipe profiles available. Can be supplied to resemble cast iron surface texture (black only)
  • Lightweight yet strong
  • 100% recyclable

Apex Heritage cast iron system key features include:

  • A comprehensive range of traditional gutter profiles, downpipes and all associated fittings and accessories. Designed to provide all the essential architectural features appropriate to traditionally designed buildings. Four gutter and three downpipe profiles available
  • Authentic sand castings combining traditional manufacture with modern quality control standards
  • Minimal maintenance required
  • Life expectancy in excess of 40 years
  • Extremely strong and durable
  • High quality two-pack epoxy primer and top coat paint finish available in a range of 8 standard RAL colours with other RAL colours available to special order
  • Dimensionally accurate and stable
  • 100% recyclable

Steel system key features include:

  • Offers a contemporary, eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to PVCu, without the risk of shrinking, leaking or colour fading
  • Ideal for traditional and modern buildings
  • Low-maintenance
  • Lightweight, durable and non-corrodible
  • Colours and finishes include:
    • Plain galvanised finish or a black pre-coated finish
    • Six other galvanised pre-coated colour finishes available to order
  • Plain zinc or copper finish available to order
  • Half round gutter profile and complementary round downpipe
  • Gutter angle is ‘deep drawn’ giving greater flow capacity

* Terms and conditions apply

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