Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to the ten most frequently asked questions about BCE products and PVC-UE applications in general...


1. With what do you recommend fixing cover and corner joints to Fascia Board?
A: Low Modulus Neutral Cure Silicone.

2. What is the minimum coverage of waveline products - Venezia and Verona?
A: A minimum of 150mm.

3. Has hollow soffit got a Class 1 Fire Rating?
A: No, whilst PVC-UE products in the BCE range have, hollow soffit has not.

4. Are woodgrain products guaranteed for external use?
A: Yes for 10 years and white products for 15 years.

5. Does BCE supply vented soffit with an insect mesh?
A: No, BCE does not recommend the use of mesh due to the reduction in vent area and air flow, coupled with the possibility of the mesh becoming totally blocked from airborne dust and debris. BS5250 recommends a minimum slot size of 4mm.

6. What expansion gaps are required when installing BCE products?
A: For white products there should be an expansion gap of 5mm per board end (eg. 2 boards butting up to each other in the same plane = 10mm gap). When installing woodgrain product this gap is increased from 5mm to 8mm per board end.

7. Are PVC cladding products suitable for use in swimming pool buildings?
A: Yes, contact with swimming pool water is not detrimental to PVC.

8. Is it better to install the thickest board available?
A: For a replacement installation a 18mm fascia board will perform equally as well as thicker products, requiring no additional support and taking both gutter and tile loading. If the 18mm board chosen is ABL it can be teamed with 10mm ABE bargeboard to give a cost effective performance installation.

9. What is the coverage of BCE's Shiplap and Open-V Cladding boards?
A: ACS150 Shiplap = 150mm ACV1005 Open-V = 100mm

10. What is the length of the leg on BCE's ‘L Boards’?
A: Both ABL and ABE have the same length of leg which is 42mm.

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