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Gable ends

There are 2 main types of arrangement at the gable verges :-
  1. slates stopping at the gable wall
  2. roof overhanging with barge boards
Sub header photo of gable end

Sub header photo of gable end

Our own preference is for overhanging verges with barge boards - on the grounds that they look better (but its a subjective opinion) and provide slightly more protection against the ingress of rain. The down side of barge boards is the extra cost in terms of:

  1. gable ladder required (from the truss supplier)
  2. extra work in fitting the gable ladder into the gable walls
  3. extra wood or uPVC required for the barge boards and soffit
  4. extra work in fitting the barge boards and soffit
  5. a few more slates/tiles required
See more photos in the picture gallery.

Decorative barge board finishes are also an option - see the Swish building products site for some illustrations.

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