The fascia board is the board that runs around the edge of your roof, creating a trimmed out and finished look to your home or business. It is usually covered with either metal, plastic, or it also attaches to the soffit of your roof which usually has the vents that keep the structure properly ventilated.
Fascia can be made of a number of materials that include wood, metal, or plastic. It acts as a barrier between your building and the natural elements. Some older buildings do not have fascia boards; however they are almost always used in modern construction since they do so much to protect water from causing damage to your roof rafters and prevent insects from invading your home or business.
Older fascia can show signs of wear and tear that might lead a homeowner to think the entire roof needs to be replaced. This is not always the case. A new fascia might go a long way towards extending the life of your roof.
Types of Fascia Boards
Even now, most fascias are still constructed with wooden boards. It is cost effective and if maintained well, can last a long time. However if gutter maintenance or painting is not kept up with, you can start to see signs of decay faster than you want to. There are fascia boards available that are made of metal or plastic vinyl. Some people choose to use a wood fascia board and then cover with a bent sheet of metal that provides excellent protection from moisture. This metal is usually painted with a thick white primer but can be covered to match your home or business.
A lot of the soffit nowadays is made of plastic because it does not rot when wet. In older homes a wood soffit may be present. Since the soffit connects to the fascia, rot from either location can spread more readily to the other. The soffit also helps ventilate the attic because it either has small holes or screens in it.
Drip edge is a strip of metal bent to have two sides. It is made to be installed on the edge of the roof so that it can direct water away from the fascia. Some roofing contractors do not install drip edge unless you request it. This is primarily done as a cost cutting measure, however no drip edge means more weathering of your fascia. Drip edge is well worth the investment. It also comes in colors to match your other roofing materials.
Making sure one’s gutters are clean can help keep your fascia from suffering water damage and decay. Don’t procrastinate in getting them cleaned. If you want to minimize the amount of cleanings your gutters need, consider having screens or “gutter guards” installed on your gutters. This will keep out most of the debris from building up and make sure your gutters do not become clogged.
Determining if Your Fascia Is In Need of Repair
Perdomo Roofing & Sheetmetal, LLC offers repairs and installation of all varieties of fascia and soffits. If your fascia is starting to look a little worse for the wear, call us today for a free roof inspection. Signs that you need our services include any cracks, splits, broken boards, or signs of rot and decay. We can have your fascia and soffit in good order in no time! Also we offer complete gutter services so you can maintain the condition of your fascia and soffit. Perdomo Roofing & Sheetmetal, LLC is the local choice for complete roofing services in the greater New Orleans area.