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Soffits, fascias and guttering in North London

March 25, 2024 8:49 am Published by

Installation Gallery It’s all in the details For Summit Cladding, it’s all about the detail. We will always make sure that our replacement soffits, fascias and gutters are as true to the originals as possible. With this job in North London, our client’s brief was to follow the existing detail exactly, to match what the builders had fitted when the house was extended five years ago. The builders had made their own vented soffits under the roofline and fitted four different fascias on the front door canopy and front bay window. These ornate details were what Summit had to replicate. Matching the soffits and fascias The installation process started with the removal of all the existing wooden fascias and soffits,... View Article

Soffit and fascia replacement in London

February 23, 2024 10:30 am Published by

Here at Summit Cladding our philosophy is that no job is too big or too small and sometimes it’s the smaller tasks that require the greatest attention to detail. Take this delightful house in Buckhurst Hill, London, for example, a former corner shop but now a comfortable family home. The owner approached Summit when he decided it was time to replace the soffits and fascias with something more durable and maintenance-free. But he was also very clear that the replacement had to resemble the original as closely as possible. All in the detail This is something that is often a condition of work that we undertake, especially when dealing with Victorian and Edwardian properties. In those days everything was about... View Article

Beautiful bespoke door canopy installation in Woodford Green, East London

February 7, 2024 5:41 pm Published by

One of the most distinguishing features of an English period property is its front door canopy. It’s an essential part of the “face” of a house, giving it a unique character, the first feature that people see when they approach the front door. But when Summit Cladding arrived at this latest job in Woodford Green, East London, we were looking at something of a blank canvas. The canopy had come off! Renovation challenges Our client, John, had lived at his handsome Edwardian home for 25 years and had carried out several renovations, always ensuring that they were done sympathetically and in keeping with the original design. Replacing the timber front door canopy was a bit more of a challenge. The... View Article

Ecoscape cladding installation in Winchmore Hill, North London

January 10, 2024 10:22 am Published by

In our last blog we introduced you to Ecoscape, the latest exciting chapter in the development of building cladding. And here’s another example of how this new, vertical slatted cladding can transform what would otherwise be a very ordinary building. We’ve explained before about all the advantages of composite cladding, which is designed to look like timber, but is made of materials that never rot and need no painting or maintenance, apart from an occasional clean. And so it is with this Ecoscape slatted cladding which, like its cousin James Hardie horizontal cladding, does not warp or splinter and its colour doesn’t fade in the British weather! Ethical cladding material But perhaps the best feature of Ecoscape is its green... View Article

Ecoscape ‘spiced oak’ slatted cladding installation in Caterham, Surrey

November 13, 2023 12:22 pm Published by

Summit Cladding has been at the forefront of the cladding industry for over 30 years and has played an active role in bringing new ideas to the market. In this blog we are introducing an exciting development. It’s called Ecoscape Slatted Cladding, which brings a whole new look to our range of cladding options. Wind back those 30+ years to when Summit was getting started and you’ll find there wasn’t much on offer if you wanted maintenance-free cladding on your house. In fact, all you could get was white shiplap PVC and it was some years before different colours became available. These days, for those who want the beauty and texture of timber but without the hassle of maintenance, composite... View Article

New cladding installation in Loughton, Essex

October 12, 2023 8:21 pm Published by

Here at Summit Cladding we are always keen to take on a challenge, especially when the property is a bit unconventional. This latest cladding installation job was in Loughton, Essex, and involved what’s known as a BISF house. The letters stand for British Iron and Steel Federation and, as the name suggests, the house has a steel frame, not conventional brickwork. Tens of thousands of BISF houses were built in the 1940s and 50s to cope with the shortage of housing facing returning servicemen and their families who’d been bombed out of their homes during World War 2. A simple and quick solution They were designed to be simple and cheap to build, as a quick solution to an urgent... View Article

James Hardie composite cladding installation in Hertfordshire

July 19, 2023 9:36 am Published by

Replacing Hanging Tiles Here at Summit we are proud to continue a fine tradition of cladding people’s homes that began many centuries ago, but the difference is that we are using the most up to date and efficient materials. As the pictures show, this client’s house in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire used to have a tile-hung upper storey. That is when clay roof tiles are hung on vertical walls as a cladding option. It’s a tradition that began mainly in the south-east corner of England back in the 1600s as a superior form of weatherproofing, when many houses were built of timber, daub and wattle. Nowadays, on modern homes, it’s more of a decorative feature. When it is done properly it... View Article

James Hardie cladding installation in Brentford, Essex

July 9, 2023 7:33 pm Published by

Maintenance-free and Weather-proof It’s important to bear in mind that fitting cladding to the walls of your house is about more than just making it look better. It’s also about protecting those walls and making them weatherproof. Our client, Alice, from Brentwood in Essex, is an interior designer and decorator with an obvious eye for detail. When she moved into her mid-terrace cottage her surveyor highlighted areas that would need attention, including the brickwork. The cement was deteriorating in several places and would need re-pointing, so Alice had a choice: re-point the whole back wall and keep the brick façade or cover it with maintenance-free James Hardie cladding. As with many of our clients, Alice had seen another house nearby... View Article

uPVC Fascias and Bargeboards installation in London

June 14, 2023 2:55 pm Published by

Maintenance-free uPVC fascias and bargeboards If you live in a house that boasts attractive architectural features wouldn’t you hesitate before getting any remedial work done? After all, you might think, how can I be sure that replacement parts will match the originals? This can be a dilemma unless you know where to look and who to engage to do the work. Here at Summit Cladding, we are well used to reassuring our clients that we can and will reproduce the “look” that they want, with all the benefits of up-to-date maintenance-free uPVC materials. Fed up with painting timber? Our latest client, Clare, has lived in this handsome Edwardian property in a London suburb for about 30 years, but the constant... View Article

Soffits and fascias replacement in North London

May 27, 2023 12:30 pm Published by

Stunning roofline transformation When Summit Cladding gives your property a makeover there are several key stages, all of them important, to guarantee a successful transformation. There is the main cladding itself of course, but we never overlook the need to replace soffits and fascias. The smaller stuff is equally crucial if we want to be sure of a really nice finish. Our client, Mr Gulabadas, has lived in his home in North London for some 40 years and is very happy there. It’s an elegant Edwardian house, solidly built and with generous sized rooms. But as with many of our clients, the constant maintenance of the property’s timber features was taking its toll. Soffits and fascias hard to reach This... View Article