What you must know before you buy roofline

An educated roofline buyer makes educated informed decisions.

What is roofline?

Roofline is the section where your roof joins your walls.

Typically in older properties you have a timber box either made for timber boards or plywood that part or fully encapsulates your roof rafter and secures your gutters. the vertical section is your fascia and the horizontal section is your soffit.

roofline soffit fascia image

What is it’s purpose?

To protect your timber roof rafters from rot and provide a secure fixing for your gutter and support your last row of slates or tiles.


“So professional. Excellent from start to finish. We were so happy with the service and the finished product which has made such a difference to our home. Would highly recommend Strathclyde Roofline!”
Mr & Mrs S Hargreaves, Bearsden

Why does timber roofline fail?

Either through poor design or lack of maintenance.

Design flaws could be that the waterproof felt that drops into the gutter is either missing or short or has degraded and cracked due to the ultra violet rays of the sun or birds have tore it off to make a nest.

Lack of maintenance it may be that your cement verge has dropped out, cracked or been omitted.

You may also have had a poorly painted original roofline that may have used plywood that was unsuitable for the Scottish weather.

You may have had a roofline where the nails have rusted and as a result your roofline may have dropped or been damaged by the wind.

“Good reliable and trust worthy company.”
Mr & Mrs F Mc Donald, Livingston

snow pulling down gutterYour gutters may have partially collapsed due to the weight of snow, this is normally either due to a lack of adequate fixings or more likely because your timber has rotten and is now unable to secure your gutter brackets.

Due to the difficulty of easy DIY access you may have neglected to paint your roofline to protect it from the extremes of the Scottish weather.

“An excellent installation by an excellent team. I would thoroughly recommend Strathclyde Roofline to anyone.”
Mr & Mrs L Miller, Rutherglen

What signs should you be looking for to indicate it is time to take action and renew your roofline?

Any leaks from the timber roofline is a sure signs of significant damage to your timber roofline. Leaking and blocked gutters are also a warning sign that your fascia and soffit is under attack.

Any sign of rot is a bad sign as normally timber roofline rots from the inside out so by the time you see external rot you already have significant rot at the ends of the timber rafters which can result in significant damage to your property.

“Fitted soffits, fascia downpipes and gutters goods. Remove old stuff to tip, nice and tidy. Looks amazing.”
Mr R Bouse, Edinburgh

Why should you replace your roofline?

When water has no where to flow to it takes the easiest path. In many cases this can between the cavity of your walls; this can result is saturated insulation that no longer keeps you warm and increases your utility bills.

Should this be allowed to continue you run a high risk of cracks in your external wall finish, rotting your lintels that provide the structural strength across the top of your windows and also damaging the bottom external sills of your windows.

“Everything was as it should be, clear, flexible, on time, pleasant staff; a good job done and a really great price!”
Mr & Mrs H Garrow, Milngavie

Roof collapse because of rot in roofline imageWhile all this is going on the rot in your roof joist ends and continuing to rot into the attic space and will eventually show up as either wet or dry rot depending on the ventilation within your loft, in extreme cases of neglect your roof could collapse and land in on you or your children!

You may well also experience dampness or leaks on your internal walls, which could damage your floors, walls, wall support, electrics, and decorations such as paint finishings, wallpaper and curtains and electrical items.

With dampness you may well get fungus that gives of spores that are hazardous to your health and are extremely dangerous to those that have lung conditions such as asthma.

What are the consequences of leaving it for another year?

All of the above when the damage starts it just gets worse and becomes much more expensive to fix. How much would a new roof cost you if you had to replace a significant portion of your timber roof support and decking?
How much is it to replace damaged bricks or re-render your walls or replace damaged sills and lintels. How much is it to rip down plasterboard and linings and make good and fix all the damage to your electrics and internal finishings?

A four figure solution is fast becoming a five figure headache that may be difficult to afford and leave you in a serious position of your forced to sell.

Admittedly these are worse case scenarios however they do happen. It is like avoiding servicing your car and expecting it to run well!


We found Strathclyde Roofline to be an excellent company. From the initial discussions on our needs, to price and through to the completed job within the timeframe specified. The workmen were unobtrusive and kept the place neat and tidy at all times and exhibited high standards of craftsmanship. We would recommend this company without reservation to anyone thinking of having this type of work done.
Mr & Mrs O’Brien, Bearsden


We have just had fascias, soffits and gutters (PVCU) fitted by Strathclyde Roofline. The most important aspect of the work commissioned , to us, is the quality of the work done.
It is our opinion that the quality of the work has been first class, and we were also impressed by the way the contract was expedited.

Mr & Mrs H Younger, Glasgow

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In the West of Scotland, Glasgow area you can find examples of roofline / fascia & soffit installations in:-

Shotts, Kilmarnock, Paisley, Gourock, Greenock, Port Glasgow, Clydebank, Dumbarton, Coatbridge, Helensburgh, Bearsden, Milngavie, Newton Mearns, Stepps, Kilsyth, Barrhead, Giffnock, East Kilbride, Cumbernauld, Dalry, Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Kilwinning, Stewarton, Kilmaurs, Strathhaven, Larkhall, Carluke, Wishaw, Bridge of Weir, Johnstone and Elderslie.

In the Edinburgh, West and East Lothian area you can find examples of roofline / fascia & soffit installations in:-

Edinburgh, Livingston, Bathgate, Linlithgow, Whitburn, West Calder, Dalkeith, Haddington, Armadale, Penicuik, Loanhead, Kirkliston, Musselburgh, Gorebridge, Bonnyrigg, Danderhall, Prestonpans, Tranent, Ormiston, Cockenzie, Longniddry, Gullane, North Berwick, Dunbar, Ratho, Kirkliston, Prestonpans and Newtongrange

W.e also carry out roofline / fascia & soffit work throughout Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, West and East Dunbartonshire & Oban.

So if you are thinking of installing maintenance free UPVC roofline / fascia & soffit products don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be delighted to provide you with a Free, no obligation quotation anywhere in the central belt of Scotland.


Strathclyde Roofline : Scotland leading roofline / fascia and soffit installer