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Dormers

An Ecotrus dormer maximises every square metre of your loft because they extend wider and further from your roof line.

Your dormer will flood your new loft space with natural light and make the most of the floor space you have available.

What’s more, if it’s on the rear of your property, there’s no need for planning consent!

Exterior Cladding

Cladding is a popular, versatile and low maintenance option for covering external elevations. Cladding comes in a variety of materials and colours which can be fixed horizontally, vertically, or even diagonally should the design require. Cladding can be installed over walling made up of any number of different materials including traditional brickwork, block and timber frames which is what makes it such an impressive alternative to completely alter an exterior design cost effectively.

What is exterior cladding?

Exterior cladding is a protective layer of materials that separates a building’s structure and interior from exterior elements, such as weather and sound. The exterior cladding is often not one material but an assembly of materials, and each material has its own importance in blocking exterior conditions.

Render

Rendering can be applied to create a smooth, textured or patterned finish, and comes in a wide range of colours. It can help improve your home’s insulation and can be applied to both old and new properties regardless of where your dormer is.

Consideration is key to the type of render used – lime render will suit old, historic buildings, while new, silicone-based renders are flexible, breathable and low-maintenance. Modern renders are a big improvement on the concrete renders widely used until recently.

Zinc

Zinc dormers can achieve a really modern look to the exterior of your home. Zinc cladding can also be extended if you wish to alter your property further. The beauty of zinc is that you really can do whatever you wish, the material is very malleable and can take many forms. Pre-weathered zinc gives a charcoal colour to the outer walls of the structure blending in with the existing slate roof.

Fascias and Soffits

The ‘fascia’ or ‘fascias’ is the term used to describe the place where your roof meets the outer walls of
your house.

The fascia board 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.

This is no mean feat, especially when it is raining hard. In a downpour the roof of a 3-bed semi could be washing several gallons of water per second into its gutters.

Soffit

The soffit board is tucked away under the fascia board. It is usually the board that you see most of from street level. The soffit can be ventilated to allow the flow of air into the roof area. Alternatively, ventilation can be provided over the top of the fascia board. Many people prefer the latter solution these days. Without adequate ventilation, condensation will form in the roof void increasing the risk of timber decay.