In What Shape Is Your Fascia In?
- April 6, 2017
- Posted by: ertadmin
- Category: Eastern Roof Technologies Spotlight, Home Improvements, Roofing Tips
In what shape is your fascia in?
When you have potential damage to your roof, depending on the severity of it, there may be damage to other areas of your home.
The fascia is vertical finishing edge connected to the end of the rafters, trusses, or the area where the gutter is attached to the roof. The primary role of the fascia is to act as a layer between the edge of the roof and the outdoors, and is meant to protect the wooden board against water damage that can occur during certain weather conditions. Roofing fascia board in another common area that can be damaged and may need to be repaired.
Here are some signs that your fascia could be damaged
Peeling paint where the roof meets the house
- If the paint is peeling on either the fascia (which is mounted at the point where the roof meets the outer walls of the house), or soffits (tucked away under the fascia) and barge boards (used on the gable end of a house), it indicates that “the boards are probably rotten and beginning to let water in”.
- Many properties have timber fascias, soffits and bargeboards which need constant repainting to keep them in good condition. For many of us, painting at ground level is arduous enough but on a ladder, at roof level it becomes even more difficult.
Leaves and debris blocking dripping gutters
Gutters that are dripping, even when the weather is dry, could mean leaves and debris are blocking them up. Washed-up dirt can lead to this clogging, which means the gutter cannot drain water harmlessly away from the roof.
In these circumstances, when the weather turns inclement, water might spill from certain points, much like a waterfall. This will damage a home’s foundation if not addressed. If there are damp patches on the inside and outside of the property, the alarm bells should be ringing.
Water ingress in fascias
This happens when the soffit and fascia boards are damaged, and allowing water to enter the roof rafters. Loose or blocked guttering causes water to pour down the walls. If you are experiencing any of the above signs, you need to take action. It may be that the roofline needs more than a clean, in which case it’s time to call in the professionals. Although it is not recommended, here are some DIY tips for handling fascia issues on your residential roof.
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