A fascia, as described in architectural terminology, is the vertical frieze or the banding that’s installed just under the edge of the roof. It is installed on the outside, thus making it visible to any observer. Commonly, the fascia is made of wood, aluminium, or uPVC. Non-corrosive sheet metal is primarily used in order to prolong the life of the fascia. Since it is installed out in the open, common metals can’t be used as they are susceptible to corrosion. Most homeowners generally refer to the fascia as the main board that provides support for the gutter.
The fascia needs to be properly fastened, especially on days when it rains fast. A torrential downpour could mean that several litres of water are passing through the gutters every second. Over time, the fascia might become loose and your gutter pipes will start to bend until they break off completely.
If that happens, you should immediately get in touch with a professional roof repairs company. The company will send a team over to inspect the damage and then determine the cost of repairs. The roof fascia can be damaged due to excessive weight forced down by the gutters. If the soffit board becomes loose, the fascia is likely to loosen as well.
Wrap the Fascia Boards with Aluminium
If you have to scrape, paint, or prime the fascia after every couple of years, it’s best to wrap it with aluminium. Aluminium is a non-corrosive metal that is perfect for use in outdoor environments. It is extremely durable and significantly lightweight, thus making it an excellent choice for use on the fascia. Rather than repairing the old wood over and over again, it generally takes much less time to place aluminium covering over the top.
However, to do this, you will first need to rent or buy access equipment that can get you up to work height. You will then have to check whether the gutter supports are still in place, or if there’s any damage to the timber boards providing support to the gutters. You might need to first carry out minor repairs such as cement pointing or replacing rotten timber from the fascia before installing the aluminium boards. If you hide a problem, it’ll only just make it worse over the passage of time. If you aren’t afraid of heights and have basic DIY knowledge, you can easily wrap the fascia boards with aluminium.
The costs vary depending on the size of your property and the quality of aluminium you purchase, as well as whether you hire professional help or not. If you hire a professional roof repairs company to handle the repair work and installation of aluminium boards, it will obviously cost you more. Ideally, the complete repair work generally takes a few days for completion. The gutter line running along the roof might have to be removed first before the aluminium can be installed around the fascia boards, which might prolong the duration of the work to be done.