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Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

How To Check For Water Damaged Fascia Boards

by Martha Soto

The fascia is a very important part of your roofline. Not only is it a highly visible style element, it is also important when it comes to the structural integrity of your roofline. Most fascia boards are made out of wood, so they can become susceptible to termite and water damage as they age. The key to strong and beautiful fascia boards is closely monitoring them throughout the year and making repairs as soon as needed. This article explains how to check for damaged fascia boards and how to make the most effective repairs.

Checking the Boards

Checking your fascia boards will require that you get up close and look at them. You will definitely need to get the ladder out and inspect them up close. You usually can't see the problems from the ground, especially if you have a two-story home. If you can see discoloration, peeling paint, fading, or warping, you will probably need to make immediate repairs. Often, when you are inspecting the fascia it is helpful to have a small hammer. You can lightly tap the board to make sure it feels and sounds like solid wood. Termite damage often beings on the inside of the wood, so there won't be any visible sign. This is particularly true with fascia boards that are attached to soffits. This creates a space where termites can enter the wood from the inside of the fascia, and you have no way of seeing it because you can't see the back side of the wood without fully removing the soffit.

How to Make Repairs

If you only notice one or two small holes or dings in your fascia board, you can probably easily fix the problem with some wood putty and a new paint job. With some basic patching, painting, and sanding, you can reseal the wood and protect. This is definitely the cheapest way to fix your fascia if there are only a handful of damaged spots. However, it is often easier to change the entire board instead of trying to make a handful of small repairs. This is more expensive, and it is probably a project that you should pay a professional to complete. However, you will end up with a more comprehensive and better-looking fascia board if you leave it to the pros.

The key to keeping up your fascia is to find and fix the problems when they are small. This way you don't have to pay for hefty repair bills. Check out a website like http://www.gulfsideroofing.com for more information and assistance.