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If you are like most homeowners, you don't think about your home’s fascia or perhaps don’t even know what they are. But with temperatures rising and storm season upon us, you might notice something wrong with the boards that your gutter is attached to. That board is a fascia board and it plays an important role for your home and is easily affected by mother nature if not installed correctly or maintained.
That's why responsible homeowners should familiarize themselves with what type of fascia board is used for their house, common problems, and DIY solutions, and if needed and when to call the professionals at All Around Roofing, Siding & Gutters
WHAT IS FASCIA?
Essentially, fascia is the trim to the framing of the roof structure and is sometimes referred to as sub-fascia. Typically, fascia is a 1x board that runs along the entire perimeter around the roof. They are protected from the elements by paint or wrapped in metal.
The primary role of the fascia, working with the soffit, is to close off the opening between the siding and roof framing. They are attached to the truss or rafter system and contribute to the aesthetic curb appeal of your home's exterior look. It creates a smooth, even appearance along your roof's edge. Lastly, your gutter uses the fascia board to fasten into.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF FASCIA BOARD MATERIAL
Although wood is your typical material used, there are many other varieties. Below lists the different materials used to make your most common fascia boards
VINYL FASCIA BOARDS
Known for being exceptionally durable and easy to install, another benefit of vinyl is that its repair and maintenance costs are lower than other materials, like wood. Vinyl, also known as PVC (polyvinyl chloride), is a type of plastic. While it's not a very eco-friendly material, it does last a long time. Available in a variety of colors, vinyl does not rot but can be prone to staining from algae and mildew.
WOODEN FASCIA BOARDS
Wood is your most used material for residential applications. Like the roof decks and soffits, fascia can be made from pine lumber or with wood siding, it can be made out of cedar. You have the option of a smooth or rough finish based on your personal preference. While not as long-lasting as vinyl, when treated and maintained correctly, wood will still last a considerable amount of time. It's also better for the environment and relatively affordable. Although wood can be prone to rot, especially during storm season, a coat or two of exterior paint can protect it from moisture while also contributing to your curb appeal.
ALUMINUM FASCIA BOARDS
Like vinyl, aluminum is a very low-maintenance material that is also exceptionally durable. Often, aluminum is used to protect already existing wood fascia because it is flexible and is an ideal weatherproofing solution. Like wood, aluminum is easy to paint and available in tons of colors.
COMPOSITE FASCIA BOARDS
Although composite is more expensive than other materials, it has benefits to make it worth it. Made from recycled wood chips and sawdust bonded with epoxy resin, composite is rot, mildew, and mold resistant. It's long-lasting, durable, and can be made to have the look of wood. Also, composite like vinyl and aluminum is available in many colors and styles. It's weather-resistant and can stand up to even the toughest elements.
Like other exterior parts of your home, fascia can damage or deteriorate over time. It is vital to properly care and maintenance annually. Moisture, strong winds, and pests can all take their toll on your fascia. It's important to protect this part of your roof because it, in turn, protects both the exterior and interior of your home from mold, mildew and wood rot. There are a few things you can do to ensure longevity and esthetics keeping the material in good condition.
INSTALL DRIP EDGE BOARDS
Every roof system should include a drip edge around the perimeter of the structure. It is one of the key features to preventing fascia damage. Essentially, a drip edge is a pre-bent metal flashing that comes in 10ft sections. It is nailed to the roof deck during the shingle install. It is installed after the underlayment and before the first layer of shingles. Its job is to terminate the back flange of the gutter and direct water away from the fascia and into the gutter.
WHEN TO INSPECT YOUR ROOF AND FASCIA
It is important to do a thorough inspection at least twice a year. It is suggested once in the fall and once in the spring. Adding this to your seasonal “to-do list” is an opportunity to also check out your soffits, siding, roof, gutters, and downpipes. Be on the lookout for Cracks, discoloration, rot/deterioration, splintering, staining, warping/buckling, missing boards, backed out fasteners, peeling paint, and/or anything else that does not look normal.
Along with inspecting the material, be on the lookout for signs of animals and their nests. The change of weather can entice animals to find shelter in the comforts of your home and typically the easiest route is a damaged area in the fascia area. Gutters are another area that should be part of your inspection checklist. Keeping your gutters clear of leaves and dirt will drastically reduce the chance of water back-flowing behind and affecting your fascia. The less contact with water or moisture of any kind, the longer the material is going to last.
TIME TO CALL THE PROFESSIONALS
Even when you do everything humanly possible and take every set mentioned above, there is going to come a time that repairs or replacement are going to be needed. You’re going to hire a contractor and entrust them with your family’s precious home, your biggest investment, the place you lay your head down to sleep at night. Eliminate that risk and put that responsibility on All Around Roofing, Siding & Gutters out of Kettering Ohio. Joel and I were born in this community, our office and sales staff have more install experience than most other companies combined, and our labor force consists of trained, professional technicians that have been with us for over 5 years now.
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