What is a Fascia Board?
The fascia board is made of wood and ties into your home’s rafters at the end of the eave of your roof. There are many reasons why a fascia board is important. Structurally, the fascia board helps to keep your rafter tails in line as your home and roof begin to settle. The fascia board is also important because it finishes off the end of your eave and when combined with soffit can seal the eave of your home off to prevent rodents or wildlife from entering. FInally, the fascia board plays an important function in providing a surface to attach the gutter to in a manner where the gutter can collect the water as it leaves the roof. When you are considering gutter work, it is crucial to have your fascia boards inspected by a professional.
Why do I need to have the fascia board inspected?
When agutter system is not draining water correctly as it comes off the roof, it can penetrate the wooden fascia boards and cause them to rot. If this happens frequently over a long time, the water can also soak through the fascia boards and leak into the rafter tails, causing them to rot, which can cause extensive roof damage. If this has happened, chances are that you have already recognized water mismanagement issues with your gutter system, and if you plan to have work done with your gutters, it is crucial to make sure your fascia boards are attached and properly reinforced because because gutters need to be removed in order to make fascia repairs or to replace your fascia boards.
Why is it important?
Overlooking fascia issues during a gutter project, or even in general, can cause expensive repairs in the future. At Gutters Etcetera, we regularly encounter gutters having fallen off homes due to rotten fascia boards or even just loose fascia boards. If this happens, the eve of your home will be exposed to the elements and to nature, which is terrible for your home. Water damage, pest infestations, and other hazards are inevitable should that happen.
What should I look out for?
Many gutter companies, like us, love installing gutters and gutter guards, but do not like to do woodwork like soffit and fascia repairs. It is much more time consuming and there is less profit in that type of work. The inclination leads to many homeowners hiring companies that will overlook these issues and install new gutters over bad wood, and in some cases knowing that it will eventually be discovered when a gutter falls off the house because the wood cannot support the gutter any longer.
Why choose Gutters Etcetera?
Here at Gutters Etcetera, we want customers for life. In order to accomplish this, we take our responsibility to make sure your job is done very seriously and properly. We want to make sure when we are done with your project that it won’t fail, and we won’t need to come back out in the future to fix something that should have be done correct the first time. What that means to you is if we find damaged wood, we will make sure to bring it to your attention and resolve the problem before installing new gutters. We want you to be able to put your gutter concerns behind you by the time your project is complete, and to call us back when you get your next home!