Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fascias, Soffits & Weatherboard Cladding in Essex

In some ways it can be said that Optic Control represent the luxury end of the home improvement market. We wouldn’t necessarily agree. Communications, home security and multi media entertainment are basic requirements in this day and age.

In some ways it can be said that our friends and Essex neighbours at Chelmsford Roofline offer an essential service in home improvements. After all, fascias, soffits and guttering are indispensable in protecting buildings from water damage. This may well be true but modern roofline products, such as Eurocell fascias and soffits, or Cedral weatherboard from Marley Eternit, are as decorative as they are functional.

A quick checklist for those who are unsure what roofline products are:

  • Fascias look like skirting boards running around the top of the outside wall. They protect the roof beams and rafters from the weather.
  • Soffits are the downward-facing panels beneath the fascias, filling the gap between the fascias and the wall. Soffits are usually fitted with built in ventilation to prevent damp in attic and roof spaces.
  • Weatherboard – or weather cladding – protects brickwork from the elements. Weatherboard is commonly found in coastal and exposed areas.

Traditionally, roofline products were manufactured from timber. The biggest drawback is that to prevent rot, cracks or warping, wooden fascias, soffits and weatherboard needs to  be primed, treated and painted every five to six years.

Modern fascias and soffits are manufactured from PVCu to prevent damage and discoloration. They are maintenance free and when expertly installed by a specialist company such as Chelmsford Roofline they will last for decades.

Cedral weatherboard recommended by Chelmsford Roofline is made from a blend of concrete fibre that is as practical as it is versatile and is often installed for its architectural appeal.

More information on all roofline products – including boxboards, bargeboards, guttering & downpipes – can be found at

Fascias, Soffits & Weatherboard Cladding in Essex

Energy Efficient Secure Double Glazing, Choice of Colours … and Georgian Bars

When looking to replace windows and doors, there are three things every homeowner should watch out for: quality, design and price.

Optic Control friends and neighbours, Essex Trade Windows are local manufacturers and FENSA registered installers of top quality double glazed windows and GRP composite doors. Creating made-to-measure double glazed window and door frames to order, Essex Trade Windows deal directly with the public as well as supplying to the trade.

Double glazed windows from Essex Trade Windows are manufactured to the highest standards of energy efficiency achieving a BFRC ‘A’ rating for their 28mm Argon filled Planitherm Total Plus sealed units. Essex Trade Windows use Profile 22 sculpture suite PVCu and integrate award winning ‘Secure by Design’ handle and lock systems for optimum security.

With absolute confidence in the quality of the product, Essex Trade Windows offer a choice of elegant and stylish windows that will enhance the beauty of any home. Casement, Sash & Tilt & Turn windows are available in an incredible choice of colours. While white window frames remain the most popular option, black and grey window frames are regularly chosen for older properties – and modern buildings – while textured wood effect finishes provide a warm and natural appearance to any home.

Responding to customer requests, Essex Trade Windows have now introduced the Astragal range of Georgian Bars to add a period charm to any home. Astragal Georgian Bars can be fitted to almost any window without loss of energy efficiency or security. Also available in a great choice of colours and wood effects,  there are four great designs of Astragal Georgian Bars to choose from including the Traditional and Simplicity models.

With customer service that is second to none, Essex Trade Windows provide a highly competitive free quotation on request.

For more information, visit

Energy Efficient Secure Double Glazing, Choice of Colours … and Georgian Bars