Fascia boards are a lesser-known, but an integral part of the home roofing system. Fascia boards are located behind the gutter, covering the entire roofline, and provide a supportive and secure gutter mounting surface. Fascia boards are strong horizontal board that covers the roof rafters or exposed trusses and connect the walls with the rooftop.
Fascia boards are what give the roof edges a finished look for curbside appeal. A fascia board also serves numerous other purposes aside from its visual features.
Fascia Board Materials
There are several different types of material that can be used in the construction of a fascia board. Florida Homeowners typically choose their fascia board material based on factors, including quality, durability, and costs.
Aluminum fascia is a popular choice for roofing support because it is versatile and can be bent or wrapped around the existing wooden fascia.
Pros: Ability to weatherproof and extend the life of existing fascia.
Cons: Installation can be costly.
Wooden fascia is commonly used in construction due to its affordability.
Pros: Wooden Fascia is constructed with affordable materials, including pine wood or spruce.
Cons: Regular priming and painting are required, suspectable to mold and rot.
Vinyl (PVC) Fascia
Vinyl is a highly flexible option for can be used with wooden fascia to increase the lifespan of a fascia board.
Pros: Curbside Appeal, Water Resistant
Cons: Shorter Lifespan
How to Protect Your Home Fascia Board
The most common cause of fascia board rot is leaking, clogged, or otherwise ineffective gutters. Old ineffective gutter systems allow water to back up into the fascia board and damage the home’s roofing system. There are several things that Florida homeowners can do to protect their fascia board, and consequently their home roofing system.
Regular Roof Inspections
Regular roof inspections are an essential part of responsible homeownership. These inspections can identify any potential issues, minor repair needs, or suggested implementations to prevent roof damage. This has the potential to help homeowners avoid excessive roofing damage and financial costs.
Update Old Fascia Board
You can also opt to have your old fascia board updated before it becomes irreparable. Modern roofing options allow homeowners to have their old wooden fascia board wrapped with aluminum or vinyl material. This has the potential to significantly expand the life of your fascia board and protect your home roofing system.
Florida Roofing Experts
The Roof Guys provide homeowners in Central Florida with expert roofing advice, repairs, and installation services. Contact the Roof Guys today for a free estimate at 1-352-553-2798