Samuel Sheldon Millom – Building Contractors for Cumbria

Fascias and Gutters Askam

Samuel SheldonFascias and Gutters Askam

Samuel Sheldon Millom –
Building Contractors for Cumbria

Facias and Gutters Askam

Askam is situated between Barrow and Ulverston. Originally the town grew from the village of Ireleth, which was established as a farming village in Medieval times. The village was developed into a town when it was discovered that there were large deposits of iron ore in the area in the 18th century. It is now most noted for having a functioning brick factory. Sitting on the eastern bank of the Irish sea, it has a population of 3,462 and is surrounded by fantastic views like Black Combe, another prominent feature on the Furness peninsular. Its view and situation next to the Duddon Estuary mean the area is teeming with wildlife and fauna and a great place to start when exploring the lake district and surrounding areas.  

Askam-in-Furness was once famed as an industrial mining area. The discovery of significant iron ore deposits in 1850 turned out to be England’s second-largest iron ore deposit. Over 7 million tonnes were extracted! This brought hundreds of workers to the area from across Britain and put Askam on the map, with a railway station opening in 1851 and rows of terraced houses popping up to accommodate the influx of miners and their families. Askam has since relinquished its mining days and is perhaps now better known for its abundance of wildlife and beautiful sand-dune nature reserves. Askam is easily accessible by rail, whether travelling south from Carlisle or west from Lancaster; Northern Trains offers a scenic coastal journey to Askam-in-Furness. Plus, there are easy connections through Manchester and Preston. The town can be accessed by car via the A595. 

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Facias and Gutters Askam

Fascias are attached around the edge of the rafters on the outside of your building and typically come with guttering attached to facilitate water drainage. Traditionally Fascia’s can be made from UPVC (Plastic) or can be made from Redwood. Other materials used are metal (Thin sheets) or even stone.  All materials have their pros and cons but ultimately it is all about aesthetics. cs. The use of a scaffold is usually required and this will add to the cost of installation. This type of work can be carried out DYI but it does require a fair bit of preparation not to mention the erection of scaffolding etc. If it is for a new build project, timber rafters are required to be located at a little under 2ft (1.96ft) or 600mm apart for all white Fascias, and no more than 1.5 ft or 400mm for foiled Fascias. Foils are spaced at shorter distances as they absorb more heat than White so need to be fixed more regularly.  

Guttering which can be made from Aluminium, Copper, Vinyl, and Galvanized Steel.  But are usually composite plastic moulds which allow for colour variation and style. They come in three main designs known as K-Style, Half-Round, and Box gutter. K style is the most common style used on modern houses and has a unique shape on the front edge known as the crown. The Half-Round is typically the most expensive as it requires special brackets and fixings and may need to be fitted by a professional.  The Box Gutter drains the water away via a downpipe built into it. And are a typical feature on the roofs of commercial buildings. 

It is recommended that an inspection of the Facias and soffits should be carried out about twice a year. Spotting any early signs of wear and tear will save you from dealing with problems further down the line.  The sort of damage that will need immediate attention will be sagging joints, missing or broken pieces and rotting wood. It is recommended that you seek expert advice when looking at how to tackle this kind of wear and tear. Most local building firms will be happy to come and take a look and give recommendations and what kind of costs would be involved. 

A typical 3-bedroom semi-detached house with two floors, for instance, may require scaffolding to replace soffits and fascia boards. This kind of work typically requires the erection of scaffolding. Scaffolding costing can come to over a third of the cost. If scaffolding is required then it is a good idea and cost-effective to make use of the scaffolding once it’s up. Checking if any other high-up jobs require attention such as the roof or Velux windows, for instance. 

Services We Offer

We specialise in carrying out first rate quality works for all kinds of customers in both the private and public sectors. Our services include but are not limited to; bricklaying, joinery, plastering, extensions, roofing and everyday routine maintenance work. We also do commercial or public sector projects so please take a little time to look around the site at all of the services we have on offer.

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Millstones Shop & Tea Room


Conversion of rundown barn & farm complex into a Tea Room, Farm Shop & Bakery.

Millom Methodists Church


Extension of a Methodists Church

St. James School


Construct a new extension to a primary school

Holme Gate Farm

Renovation, Roofing

Replace the existing perished slate roof covering and replace most of the existing roof structure.

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