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Why It Makes Sense to Protect Your Timber Fascia Boards and Gable Ends


Traditionally, houses have been built with timber fascias and gables. A fascia is the long, straight board that runs along the lower edge of the roof. The fascia is fixed directly to the lower ends of the roof trusses and usually does all the work of supporting the lower edge of the bottom row of tiles. The fascia board also carries all the guttering. The gable end consists of the pieces of timber on the external part of the roof that join in the middle to form the ridge, much like trusses do on the inside of the roof. But building the gable ends and fascia boards from timber has its drawbacks.

Weather is the greatest risk to outdoor timber structures. Water, wind, and sun can all cause extreme damage to your outdoor wood structures. Anything from discoloration to deterioration can be the result of weather damage. Timber rot weakens the integrity of your roof and at its worst, can result in structural failure and potential injury to you or your loved ones. Over the last few decades however, manufacturers have designed steel alternatives like Colorbond® and Ace DURAKOTE® to replace the need for timber gables and fascia boards.

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A timber gable repaired by Top Glaze Roofing Systems.

Ace Gutters has been around since 1953, providing quality, Australian-made steel products for roofing and plumbing. Their patented DURAKOTE® is a highly durable painted steel product that has been specifically designed to withstand corrosion from the harsh Australian climate. DURAKOTE® is manufactured from the world’s most recognised steel substrate Aluzinc (Al-Zn 55%) a substrate that complies with the standard ASTM A792M. Aluzinc is a substrate that was developed in the 1960s by a company called Bethlehem Steel.

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Ace Gutters and fascia cover installed by Top Glaze Roofing Systems.

DURAKOTE® also offers a superior paint finish using a high-quality polyester paint with an oven baked finish that resists peeling & flaking. This allows Ace to guarantee to its customers a product that not only offers a modern and fresh look to a home, but also a product that will last for many years to come. For these reasons DURAKOTE® is supported by a 20-year Rainwater product Warranty covering gutter, fascia and downpipe and 30-year Roofing Warranty.

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Ace Gutters and fascia cover installed by Top Glaze Roofing Systems.

Colorbond® by Bluescope Steel is also a fantastic steel alternative to traditional timber fascias and gables. Over 50 years of research and development have gone into making Colorbond® steel products, which have been specifically designed and tested to withstand Australian conditions. Colorbond® steel has five layers of protection, providing you with a durable product that also includes solar reflectance technology which reflects more of the sun’s heat on a hot day, which may help increase your comfort while reducing your reliance on air conditioning.

Overall, Colorbond® and DURAKOTE® steel fascias and gables add value and street appeal to your home and are zero maintenance, leaving you one less thing to worry about. Both products are designed and tested to Australian standards against the harshest Australian conditions, and both boast extreme durability and longevity. You can rest easy knowing that you’ll never have to worry about your fascia boards and gables again.

Top Glaze Roofing Systems® are a licensed and experienced roofing company that have been servicing Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs since 1987. Top Glaze Roofing Systems are licensed building practitioners with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). By law, all roofing companies in Victoria must be registered with the VBA in order to uphold a high standard of work quality across the industry and to provide customers with protection from scammers. Be sure to use a registered VBA practitioner to conduct roofing work at your home. To organise a professional assessor to come out and provide a free no obligation roof report and quote for all your roofing needs, call 1800 88 77 98 anytime.


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