A Guide To Fascia Board: Design And Installation Tips

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A Guide To Fascia Board: Design And Installation Tips

Are you making small repairs to your home or giving it an all-new look? If you are, it’s probably the perfect time to get rid of those dull, worn-out fascia boards.

When you are researching different types of fascia, you want to keep in mind all the benefits that installing new fascia boards can offer.

This blog discusses all kinds of patterns and materials for fascia and some crucial installation tips. After reading this blog, you will understand the benefits of installing new fascia boards and the many available options.

What’s The Role Of Fascia Boards?

Exterior trim is a crucial finishing piece of your roofline and home design. Fascia is the board that sits at the very top of your roof. Fascia is a Latin word for bandage or wrap, and it does the same thing for your home.

Fascia boards cover your attic and rafters from the outside, and your gutters sit on top of the fascia. The boards or panels are usually wood, aluminum, and vinyl.

If you look at any house with a pitched roof, you’ll usually see fascia panels running from eave to peak along the gable ends of the house.

  • You’ll see them along both sides of the house to help prevent roof damage and give your home a clean finish.
  • Fascia serves two main purposes: protecting the edges of your roof from damage and keeping moisture out of your attic. Since fascia works along with soffits, you would also want to get an idea about soffits, which we’ve discussed in our previous blog.

When your old fascia panels look damaged, you should consider replacing them as soon as possible.

Fascia Board

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Why Should You Replace Damaged Fascia?

Old and damaged fascia boards become ineffective at protecting your home and can create problems for your roof. Cracked and broken boards can also look dreadful and unwelcoming.

  • When fascia is compromised, water can seep into the attic, trusses, or rafters, where it could cause problems such as mold growth or even electrical malfunctions.
  • This also reduces the efficiency levels of your attic insulation and ventilation setups.

If you notice issues on a very small area of the fascia boards, you may be able to do a little caulking and repainting to complete the repairs.

When Should You Replace Fascia?

Below are a few signs saying that your fascia is now too weak to continue doing its job:

Issues With The Roof

You notice gutters are blocked or pulled away, and the roof leaks. There are black spots on fascia boards. This means fascia is beyond repair, and that particular area of your roof is no longer protected.

Moisture, Mold, And Fungus

You would be looking at black and green spots with fluffy white patches. Inside your home, look for leaks and water stains on the wall near the drips.

Cracks And Holes

You are fed up with paint coming off frequently. There are slits, cuts, and holes all over the board. If you have vinyl fascia, it can become brittle and crack.

Uneven Structure

In wooden fascia, wood strands come off; the thickness is uneven throughout the board.

There Might Be Damages You Can’t See

Take your time to closely inspect all the panels and everything around them. However, you wouldn’t know about tiny roof leaks and moisture spots until it rains or snow starts to melt.

It’s always better to call a professional roofing contractor to complete an inspection- which we offer for free at OConnor Contracting. When we point out damages to your fascia, we will also provide a detailed plan on how to complete the repairs quickly.

We believe you would like to know about better fascia options that complement your home’s look or give it an all-new feel.

Before you meet with a roofing contractor, you should know what to expect. So, we’ve compiled a list of highly durable fascia panels with colorful and vivid designs.

Fascia Materials

You can mix and match fascia boards with your siding and railings to create a clean contrast and catchy aesthetics.

Wooden Fascia Boards

Natural wooden fascia will give you an authentic, vintage look. This is the most popular choice among US homeowners due to its affordability. If you maintain it regularly, prime, and paint it on time, you can prevent premature damage and issues like rotting, mold, and fungus.

Composite Fascia Board

Composite fascia boards are made by gluing recycled wood chips together, which makes them more durable than natural wood. This is an advanced version of wooden fascia that’s colorfast, low-maintenance, and rot-resistant.

It’s not yet popular among homeowners, but it can mimic the look of an authentic wooden finish. You can also choose from a range of grunge gray and sandy shades.

PVC Fascia Board

Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC is a completely synthetic material made with recycled plastic. It needs very little upkeep and is easy to install. Moreover, the cost of fixing and cleaning vinyl boards is less than any other fascia material.

The best part with vinyl fascia is that you can choose from hundreds of hues to match your vision and taste. With the help of creative professionals, you can create depth and add a touch of grandeur to your home.

Aluminum Fascia Board

Metals like Aluminum are perhaps the best choice for fascia due to their excellent durability and flexible form. They require little maintenance and are eco-friendly. You can install it over the existing wooden fascia for maximum cover against moisture damage.

You can paint metal fascia boards in any color. An experienced and reliable roofer will let you play with different patterns, cuts, and thicknesses to create a unique curb appeal.

When installing fascia, it’s important to consider the overall aesthetic of your home and inspect the nearby roof components. Here are some tips for installing fascia boards:

Fascia Installation Tips

Whether your fascia is old, or you’re just not sure if it’s in good shape, you should always consult a professional roofing contractor before making a decision.

Roofing contractors can help you identify all problems related to your old fascia or any other part of your roof, including your attic. At OConnor Contracting, our team will identify any problems with your roof or fascia and get the damage repaired quickly.

You can take a look at the precautions we take before installing new fascia boards:

  1. We’ll start by inspecting the roofing material that’s already on your house. If it’s damaged in any way, we’ll repair or replace it before installing a new fascia. If there’s no damage and everything looks good, then we’ll continue with the installation.
  2. We’ll first discuss patterns and color schemes that match your house—you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb! We will help you choose the best fascia boards for your home!
  3. Once you find a color scheme that works for your house, we’ll help you choose a sturdy material and begin with the measuring and cutting of boards.
  4. By that time, the rest of our team will clean your roof and prepare it to install the new fascia boards.
  5. Another crucial part of the installation is using metal flashing and metal screws to reduce the chances of rust and damage that nails cause over time.

We Can Help You With Fascia Boards

At OConnor Contracting, we can help you with fascia board replacement and installation – and we promise you will be amazed by the results. We are proud to be one of the most trusted and reliable roofing contractors serving Buffalo, NY., and all of Erie County. We’ve repaired and replaced thousands of roofs over the years and take pride in our excellent craftsmanship.

You can contact us at (716)-600-7663 for a free consultation and inspection. We will work with you to create a custom solution and handle everything from design to installation!

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