So you have just noticed that your bargeboard is showing signs of rot. You make a decision to get a ladder out of the garage and check out the damage. You get up close to the barge and have a closer look. You start digging at the rot and notice that the damage is worse than expected. After all that hard work getting up there, it turns out that you have no choice but to replace the barge.
At first you may think it’s going to be an easy job. Just a straight piece of timber nailed to the rafter. But then work begins!
This article attempts to cover some of the difficulties that you may experience when attempting to replace a rotted bargeboard yourself, and why it is in general better to get the job done for you. Still, this guide will help you if you are planning on replacing the barge yourself.
The first step is to construct a safe working platform in which to work. Trying to replace the board on the bare roof is difficult, unsafe, and not recommended. Remove the old barge board. To do so you may need to remove the verge tiles. Be careful of mains electricity from overhead lines, which may go through the bargeboard to the switchboard of your home. If this is the case then you will need to contact a builder or an electrician, as these wires will need to be disconnected and reconnected with the replacement of the bargeboard.
The next step is unfortunately equally as difficult as the first. Here you will make sure that the new timbre matches with the old timbre, if you are replacing only part of the barge and other timbre. You need to ensure that the timbre species of barge is the same as the features (frieze rails, finials or scrolls). Also, ensure that the timbre is appropriate for outdoor use.
After you have removed the tiling, cement and sand, it is now time to remove the bargeboard. The best way is to use a pinch bar, to separate the board from the rafters. Care must be taken not to remove or damage any underlying timbre. It is also important if you have eave lining, to make sure that supporting timbre is properly fixed before the barge is removed, otherwise the lining may fall off. Asbestos eave linings are common, so make sure you take precautions while handling any eave sheeting. Now you can fix the new bargeboard into position.
Now it is time to seal and stain the timbre, if it hasn’t already done so. Sealing the ends before placement is important to prevent water penetration. Now refit the verge tiles, by putting a new sheet strip on the top of the barge. Now use sand and cement mix to adhere the cement strips to the tiles. Once it has dried, finish the verge with a flexible pointing.
That was no doubt a great deal of hard work. Fortunately, there are contractors out there who are specialists in bargeboard replacement. All of the problems and issues with replacement can be avoided by getting a professional to do the work for you. Even if you are up to the challenge you may start regretting things halfway through!
Good luck with your project and we hope everything goes fine. Use the bargeboard replacement project as a learning experience and like with every other job there is always more than one way of doing the job. It is often that people say ‘next time I’ll do it a different way’.