Fascia board repalcement
Recommended replacement fascia board
A recurring problem for residents seeking to maintain the exterior of their houses is the replacement of the fascia board that sits just below the roof line of all Fieldend houses. The original board is made of asbestos and has a unique finish, which has made it extremely difficult to find a suitable replacement material. The asbestos panels themselves seem to last forever but, because on many houses the wooden structure they are fixed to has rotted, they must be removed. However, whilst they are quite inert in sheet form, because of safety issues they cannot be re-fixed by builders and so must be disposed of. For the strict regulations on the disposal of asbestos see: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/services/waste_and_recycling/bulky_items_and_other_waste_collections/asbestos_waste.
Over the years, various residents have come up with different solutions, including the use of plywood, which is too smooth and prone to moisture-induced rot.
There is no comparable replacement product that matches the panels' unique vertical texture. However, there is a product that seems to fit the bill, though it wasn’t its original purpose.
Before the 2016 re-paint, residents of houses 5, 6, 43, 44 and 46 appointed a local builder to replace asbestos panels with a waterproof cement tiling board (normally used to line shower cubicles and bathrooms before tiling). This gives a uniform subtly textured finish and seems to be stable in damp conditions. It is also very economical.
In the interests of continuing the exterior uniformity of our houses, the FRAL board would like to encourage the use of this product by any householder thinking of replacing their fascia boards.
The precise product description is as follows:
HARDIEBACKER 500 WATER RESISTANT TILING BOARD 1200 X 800 X 12mm
It is available from the Selco builders’ depots in Feltham & Isleworth.