The fascia is the horizontal piece attached to the ends of rafters at the eaves. It is one of the few exposed members of the roof that most people do not fully appreciate.
What Is the Purpose of Fascias?
Keeping Moisture at Bay
Fascia boards help repel water, especially when it comes from wind-driven rain. Without them, the moisture could easily get inside the house through the edges of the roof.
Supporting the Gutters
Usually, fascias hold gutters and downspouts in place. They determine which mounting components can and can’t be used for such drainage devices. A mismatch between fascia boards and gutter fixtures will lead to water damage sooner rather than later.
Completing the Look of the Home Exterior
Fascia design can round out the appearance of the house exterior. Fascias come in different profiles, depths and thicknesses, and each element is an important aesthetic (and functional) consideration.
How Can Fascia Damage Be Prevented?
Have Adequate Roof Overhangs
Too little shingle overhang could channel the water into the fascias instead of the gutters. Rot-prone boards are likely to succumb to decay. Those that are water-resistant may sustain less damage, but the wooden components will not.
Install a Drip Edge
Drip edges are a flashing intended for fascia boards. Experienced roofers always use fresh pieces to avoid premature gutter repair jobs and ensure fascia longevity.
Regularly Remove Gutter Clogs
Most fascia problems stem from gutter clogging. Debris buildup could impede drainage and increase the chances of ice damming.
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