A mate of mine is scared of heights and has asked me if I could paint his
soffits and facias, he has PVCu windows and doors. The problem area being
over his conservatory. Off a ladder I can probably reach 2 feet in from
either side but how do I paint the 'middle bit'? It seems a bit OTT to hire
a scaffold tower to paint 6' of soffit and facia board and it would make
that bit of painting VERY expensive (£40 a foot!). Anybody got any
(sensible) ideas? Absailing, parachute jumping, pogo sticks, etc are not
options and window above is too small to hang out of!
That looks OK for cleaning the conservatory roof, which is what it's meant
for, but in the position on that photo the reach looks too short for the
gutter area. It might work if the access system can be positioned on both
sides of the conservatory, close to the house wall and gutter area. Can you
access the conservatory roof from both sides using this roof access system?
What is the position regarding repair under insurance in the worse case
scenario that you damage the conservatory roof? Is accidental damage, other
than by the owner, included on your mate's buildings insurance? If not, and
the worse happens, you could probably hire a couple of scaffold towers and
have the fascias replaced with upvc with what conservatory roof repairs
would cost. An alternative, working off a ladder, is to use an extending
extension pole to which you can attach a paint pad, roller or hollow handled
paint brush. This is OK if the woodwork is in good condition and only needs
washing and rubbing over with an abrasive pad, but a bit tricky if there is
any rotten wood to remove and repair with filler or putty. Some examples are
That's what a painter used recently to clean and paint soffits, fascias and
gutters in areas that I couldn't reach safely off my ladder, and I did the
No disrespect intended, just an observation.
I don't think people realise when having conservatories added just what
problems they are landing them selves in when it comes to building
Would your friend not be better having the soffits and facias done in
plastic now, thereby saving you the trouble and future maintenance problems
The gentleman who stated people have conservatories erected with no thought
about maintenance subsequently is spot-on. My wife is always wittering on
about us having a conservatory and my resistance to this proposal is based
on the access problem.
Should anyone think that it's worthwhile "taking a chance" to save a few bob
may like to reflect upon the experience of my father, who ended up with a
railing spike inserted "where the sun don't shine" and his bowels in his
hands through similar unsafe means of access.
DON'T DO IT!
Oh, do tell us more !
Following my previous statement that "people have conservatories erected
with no thought about maintenance" I would like to see the firms who provide
such structures abide by a code of practice whereby they provide the
prospective customer with a detailed survey pointing out the potential
problems that they may encounter later on.
I realise that we do not live in utopia and some companies would abuse it,
but on the whole, the majority of companies are responsible and a code of
practice suggested would bring any reputable company more work in the long
I agree, but to be realistic, a lot of people would probably think that the
firm was just drumming up extra business and I have no doubt that some firms
would abuse it. I can just imagine a conservatory salesman/surveyor saying
"you need to have all your soffits and fascias replaced with upvc, we aren't
allowed to do just the bit that will be above your new conservatory."
I hope your father recovered.
Not a lot of help to OP but could this problem not have been overcome by the
use of the ruling regarding a certain percentage of non translucent roofing
allowed for conservatories? When planning a conservatory roof allow for a
strip of more substantial material for future maintenance access
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