Replacing Damaged Fascia
Why damaged fascia should be replaced before getting a new roof
A new roof can easily last 30 or more years, depending on the roof covering or the grade of shingles used, so it makes sense to have a sound substrate under the roof. Any competent roofing contractor will repair damage to the roof deck (usually plywood or OSB sheathing) prior to installing a new roof.
The best roofing contractors will also inspect the structure for damaged fascia boards. Depending on the extent of the damage, a roofing contractor may make the repairs themselves or call in a company that specializes in home repairs.
Some types of damage to the fascia are clearly evident, such as excessive decay, splits in the wood or woodpecker damage. Other damage may be more difficult to detect. Leaks originating from above the fascia may cause decay that is practically invisible behind a still intact layer of paint. Fascia that is covered by gutters may have damage that is not visible and may be the result of a leaking or overflowing gutter.
The fascia, on homes with vinyl siding, is often covered with painted or vinyl coated aluminum trim that may hide damaged fascia behind a pristine facade.
While it’s always a good idea to replace damaged fascia as soon as possible, it is essential to ensure it is in good shape before a new roof is installed. Metal eaves drip is an important component in a quality roof installation project. It is installed around the perimeter of the roof deck prior to the finished roof and extends the overhang of the roof while providing a barrier against water intrusion above the fascia.
Because eaves drip laps down over and is sometimes nailed to the fascia, it is crucial that it’s in sound condition prior to installing the roof. It is often difficult or impossible to remove damaged fascia boards without damaging or distorting the eaves drip.
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Decayed areas in fascia boards are often an indication of a more serious problem. Damaged shingles or a roof puncture, such as from a fallen limb, near the edge of the roof, can allow water to seep through the shingles and cause decay of the roof deck along with the decay of the fascia in the same area. Leaking or improperly installed gutters may allow water to saturate the fascia causing damage not only to the fascia but the underlying substrate. As any damaged fascia boards are removed, additional wet or decaying areas will also be exposed allowing the opportunity for a complete repair of the affected areas.
About the author:
Tony Wood is a lifetime resident of North Carolina with over 30 years experience in multiple facets of the industrial, commercial and residential construction industry. For the past 23 years, he has owned and operated Wood’s Home Maintenance Service inc, providing services primarily in Johnston, Wake and Sampson Counties of North Carolina.