How to Replace Bargeboards


East Midlands Roofing Solutions offer installation and repair services for bargeboards for domestic properties.

If you have never had your bargeboards replaced before, don’t worry as we are going to talk you through the process here.

Replacing Bargeboards

A bargeboard is a plastic or wooden board that is used on the roof apex or gable. These boards are often decorative and hold the weight of the roof tiles plus the cement that is used to cap the edgings of the roof.

Some properties will have profiled bargeboards which are used as a decorative building feature, with the majority being a plain timber board that is painted with gloss.

These boards can be prone to rot and weathering because they are located on the roof edge and subjected to rainfall (especially driving rain). This regularly leads to peeling or flaky paint with the board needing repairs or replacing.

Bargeboards are quite similar to fascia boards with the only exception being the location as fascias are always used on lower parts of the roofline where your gutter is usually located, whereas bargeboards are based on an apex/gable.

Choosing Between Timber and Plastic

If you have the opportunity to choose between timber or plastic; it is recommended to pick the plastic option. These boards are easier to install, will never rot and will only require an occasional wash down with soapy water. It will not matter how much rainwater falls on these boards as their performance will not be affected.

The Replacement Process

If the boards are secured with cement, then you will have to fully replace them. Removing the bargeboards can sometimes disturb the roof tiles on the gable so you should always be ready to replace the cement. Shortcuts such as leaving existing boards in place and capping over them are not recommended.

Here is a 7 step guide to replacing a bargeboard –

1. Remove the edge tiles and set them aside for re-use
2. Remove existing cement and lower it to the ground
3. Using a hammer and crowbar we will remove the existing bargeboard and soffit
4. Using a hammer and plastic capped nails, new plastic soffits and bargeboards will be secured to the roof joists
5. A box end section will be constructed which connects the bargeboards and the fascias at the eaves level
6. A cement-based undercloak will be installed
7. Tiles will be re-bedded onto a 3-1 sand/cement mix, point in to leave a neat finish. Additives can also be used on the cement to reduce cracking.

Contact Us For a No-Obligation Quote

If you are considering having bargeboards installed or replaced on your property, please get in touch with East Midlands Roofing Solutions for a no-obligation quote.