If homeowners were asked to name the key features of their overall roofing system, the two items that would likely come to mind immediately would be the shingles and gutters. This would perhaps be due to the fact that these are two of the more visible components of the roof and they are also the elements whose function is most commonly understood, most notably when they are not performing as expected.
Another key feature that may not (does not) get the attention or recognition it deserves is the fascia board – this is the horizontal trim or strip used to cap/seal the ends of the rafters during a roof installation and to simultaneously support or hold the gutters in place. Most homeowners have undoubtedly heard a reference made to the fascia (and soffits too) yet would be hard-pressed to describe its role – and therefore may overlook their fascia when contemplating a roof replacement or repair work.
Signs of fascia damage and an impending need for repair/replacement would include:
- Damp, soft, or rotted wood
- Mold or mildew stains
- Cracking or warping
- Insect infestation
- Termite damage
- Bird or squirrel nests in rafters
- Sagging or loose-hanging gutters
- Missing or cracked drip edges
As indicated above, fascia plays several key roles in terms of roof structure integrity:
- Preventing water from penetrating into the rafters and attic areas
- Sealing the ends of the rafters to prevent penetration by animals
- Supporting the gutters for proper water run-off from the roof
- Aesthetics – adding a smoother/more finished look to the roof edge
Although the fascia might be somewhat hidden or less obvious after its installation, it must be inspected regularly to ensure that it is sound and not in need of repair. Failure to maintain the fascia can lead to significant and very expensive damage to the building envelope (the roof, exterior walls, foundation, windows and doors) as well as to the interior of the home.
Therefore, if fascia damage is suspected or confirmed, it would be prudent to call upon certified roofing contractors in Toronto, such as Avenue Road Roofing, as soon as possible to minimize the extent and additional cost of any further structural damage.
Steps For Proper Fascia Repair Or Installation Of New Fascia
Proper fascia repair or installation of new fascia boards is slightly more complex than the simple act of replacing the batteries in a television remote or a flashlight.
There are several important considerations when undertaking the task of fascia repair:
Correct choice of wood
- Should have qualities that make it more resistant to rot/decay
- Should not warp or split when exposed to weather extremes
Correct attachment points
- Nails too close to the vertical edges can lead to splitting/cracking
- These would be prime and convenient entry spots for water/insects
Correct choice of nails
- Stainless steel or hot galvanized are conducive to longer fascia life
Painting or sealing the ends/edges of each board
- To prevent water or insect penetration
Proper reattachment of gutters
- Must be sloped/pitched to support smooth water flow and drainage
In addition to the level of complexity, fascia repair or installation requires a measure of skill and finesse as well. While an avid do-it-yourself homeowner might be intrigued by such a challenge, there are skilled installers such as the professionals from Avenue Road Roofing who are trained and proficient in getting the job done quickly and efficiently.
If you need assistance in assessing the condition of your fascia boards or suspect that repair work is required, call the roofing specialists at Avenue Road Roofing today at 416-785-5129 or contact us to arrange the specific service that you need.