3 Things To Consider Before Replacing Waterlogged Fascia Boards

Posted on: 14 June 2017

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The fascia board is a very important aesthetic and structural component in a roof line. A straight, clean, and brightly painted fascia board will stand out. Unfortunately, a sun-faded, saggy, or warped board will also be noticeable. Worse than that, it could lead to structural issues that could compromise your roof. It is very important that you keep your fascia boards sealed and protected from water and termites. This article runs you through 3 vital things to consider when replacing waterlogged fascia boards.

Change the Entire Board?

First, you need to decide if you are going to change the entire fascia board, or just the damaged area. In many cases, it is easier to just change the entire board. Even though this requires removing more wood and replacing it, the job usually ends up being easier. First off all, you don't need to do any cutting if you remove the entire board. If you try to just replace a section, you need to delicately cut out a square section and then cut the replacement piece to the exact measurement. On the other hand, if you replace the entire board, the chances are it will be a universal length (i.e. 8' or 12'), so you can put the new board up without making any cuts.

Paint The Board Before?

It is always easier to paint your new fascia board, before installing it. During the installation process you board is bound to get a few dings and scratches, but these can be easily touched up. Paint the board on the ground, and then nail it up to save yourself from tackling a difficult paint job.

Replace the Soffit Panels?

Replacing the soffit panels is a whole other job that you should not take on unless it is completely necessary. The soffit, since it is on the underside of the roof overhang is generally protected from water and sun, so it keeps the original shape and color. It usually doesn't need to be replaced as often as the fascia boards. Often, you cannot tell if your soffit needs to be replaced until you remove the fascia. If you remove the fascia board and notice mold, rotting or termite damage on the top side of your soffit panel, you might as well replace it. Soffit replacement is usually simple, but it depends on the gutter and/or vent design.

Once you have solid soffit panels, your new fascia will be easy to install. Contact a local roofing contractor for professional help.