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Soffits, Fascias and Guttering replacement in St Albans, Hertfordshire

February 2, 2019 10:47 am Published by

If you’re lying in bed and think you hear noises in the attic, then chances are you’ll have some unwelcome guests. That’s what happened to one of our clients in St Albans, who called on Summit Cladding for help. The client found birds nesting inside the roof after a section of timber bargeboard had fallen away. He hadn’t been able to maintain the boards properly because the pitched garage roof at the side of the house made access difficult. Not only the birds Summit Cladding is often called in by clients who notice that the roofline of their house is looking tired and worn, but they don’t realise how serious that can be – and we aren’t only talking about... View Article

Timber cladding and fascia installation in Surrey

January 25, 2019 11:35 am Published by

Summit Cladding travelled to the leafy lanes of Surrey for this latest job – to rescue a client in distress! Chrissy had moved from London to Dorking to be closer to her parents and had found the ideal property, in need of a complete refurbishment. But unfortunately, the contractors who had been commissioned to do the job had made a complete hash of it. We became involved after Chrissy’s project manager called us, on the recommendation of her London-based interior designers. Terrible finish When I arrived to meet my new client, I was appalled at the finish of the job left by the contractors. The house originally had cedar cladding, but the builders used cheap softwood to match it. I... View Article

PVC bargeboards installation in London

January 18, 2019 10:08 am Published by

A clear blue sky over Enfield in North London makes the perfect backdrop to illustrate Summit Cladding’s latest bit of handiwork. As with most of our jobs, this was a specialist installation designed to replace original woodwork – but using maintenance-free pvc. We have been trading for over 35 years now and we are proud to be getting recommendations from different generations of the same family. It was our prospective client’s son who recommended us to his dad, a director of a penthouse suite in a block of flats in Enfield north London. The construction company that built the flats 10 years ago had fitted pvc to all the fascias of the building, except for those on the front elevation,... View Article

Concrete cladding installation in Theydon Bois, Essex

January 12, 2019 9:35 am Published by

Summit Cladding faced an unusual challenge with this project – how to combine two different house design styles that are 80 years apart! Our clients, Kevin and Cathy, live in a 1930s detached house in Theydon Bois, Essex. But their home has a new two-storey extension completed in 2017. And their design brief for us was to carry out an attractive makeover by bringing the two time zones into one. Builder’s recommendation Summit Cladding had recently completed another job for our clients’ builder just around the corner from their house and he recommended us, based on the high quality of our work. Kevin and Cathy loved the appearance of James Hardy Cladding but were unsure of what would be the... View Article

Stunning concrete cladding installation in Theydon Bois, Epping

July 3, 2018 4:19 pm Published by

Moving house is a big event in anyone’s life, so it’s understandable that homeowners want to put their own individual stamp on their new property. This was the case for Jackie and Paul, from Theydon Bois, Epping, who decided that the mahogany-stained fascia boards with mock Tudor beams had to go. It was a look that was very popular in the 1970s and 80s, but styles change with the times, and Summit Cladding was pleased to come up with some new ideas for Jackie and Paul. Popular new colour We suggested removing all the existing bargeboards, fascias and guttering and replacing them with new material in grey anthracite pvc. Grey is all the rage at the moment and it would... View Article

Decorative fascia boards installation in Barnet, North London

March 29, 2018 12:58 pm Published by

Here at Summit Cladding we are always happy to go the extra mile for our clients – even if it means trying something we’ve not done before. Tom and Nicole, from Barnet, North London, first approached us about replacing their guttering and fascias back in July 2017. But they also had other things on their minds as they were expecting their first child, so the work on their Victorian terrace home would have to wait! New fascias and guttering Fast forward nine months and Tom and Nicole are now the proud parents of Lily and – as the pictures show — the proud owners of a smart-looking house with brand new fascias and gutters. When we originally spoke to them... View Article

Finlock guttering removal in Enfield, North London

February 13, 2018 8:10 am Published by

If you’ve read our blog before, you might remember previous reports about the horror that is “finlock concrete guttering” — three words to strike fear into any householder! This system, which was popular with some builders in the 1960s, is where a concrete gutter is fixed to the top of the house wall, instead of a conventional gutter being attached to the end of the roof joists. And as sure as night follows day, the concrete eventually starts to break down and moisture leaks into the top of the cavity walls. Time to fix it! Katie and her partner, from Enfield, knew they had a problem with their finlock gutters and they’d tried to keep out the damp by getting... View Article

New fascias, soffits and bargeboards in Willesden, North West London

January 29, 2018 1:11 pm Published by

Like many of our clients, Eilish and Kevin from Willesden got in touch with Summit Cladding after seeing us working on a neighbour’s house. And they had a problem they hoped we could solve for them. They had been gradually restoring their house ever since they moved in 20 years ago. The inside was looking magnificent. But outside, it was a different story. Even though they had invested a lot of money, with new windows and doors, the property was lacking the “wow factor.” Too high for ladders The reason? All the wooden fascias and soffits were beyond repair and the problem facing Eilish and Kevin was how to get access to the roofline. As with many similar properties, there... View Article

Replacement soffits, fascias and bargeboards in St Albans, Hertfordshire

January 16, 2018 6:46 pm Published by

Summit Cladding loves a challenge. Especially when we get the chance to work with beautiful, natural timber. Our client, David, invited us to quote for work at his house in St Albans, where he wanted all the old wooden bargeboards and fascia boards removed and replaced with a maintenance-free alternative. David said he always prided himself on being a hands-on “Mr Fixit,” but as he was getting older, the thought of getting his ladders out again and doing the job himself was out of the question. Synthetic or natural? When I first met David he was sold on the idea of pvc replacements that had the look of timber. He was even more impressed when he saw a rosewood pvc... View Article

Door canopy installation in Muswell Hill, North London

November 12, 2017 10:05 am Published by

Summit Cladding loves a challenge – especially when other specialists don’t want to take on the work. Noel and Heather had lived in their beautiful Edwardian house in North London for over 20 years and had carefully restored the property while keeping most of its original features. But there was one outstanding project; to refurbish the original front door canopy. The house was nearly 100 years old and the timber gallows brackets supporting the canopy had already been replaced before. Precise requirements The problem now was that the flat roof had failed and water was creating damp in the basement of the house. When I first visited my clients they were very precise about their requirements and insisted that the... View Article