Your roof is clearly one of the most important elements in your home's construction. It keeps the elements out and protects the rest of your home. Roof problems can spell trouble for other areas of the house. When you examine your roof, you may focus on the shingles and flashing. However, there's one other subtle element you shouldn't ignore. It's the fascia. That's the small, vertical piece of wood that hangs from the roof's eaves. It's the material from which the gutters hang.
The fascia is important because it's heavily exposed to the elements, especially moisture. Nearly all water that hits the roof crosses the fascia on its way to the gutters. Also, the fascia is usually adjacent to an attic or crawlspace. If the fascia rots or fails, water will probably enter your home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent fascia damage. Below are three steps to consider:
Clean your gutters. The simplest steps are usually the most effective, and that's the case here. When your gutters get clogged, water backs up and spills over the edge. However, before the water spills over the gutters, it usually sits against the fascia. That extended exposure to water can rot the wood and cause deterioration. Over time, cracks and holes will develop and the water will soon start leaking into your attic or crawlspace. Cleaning your gutters a few times a year can eliminate much of your damage risk.
Paint the ends of the fascia. Have you ever looked closely at the end of a piece of wood? Under a microscope, it looks like many single elements of wood bundled together tightly. That's because that's exactly what a piece of wood is. There are actually tiny holes and gaps at the end of every stud or plank. Most of the wood used for fascia are painted and sealed, but that paint can deteriorate over time. If it does, water can seep into the wood through the ends. If your fascia paint looks worn down, consider repainting it. That could provide an added layer of protection.
Wrap it in aluminum. If you're really concerned about moisture damage to your fascia, you could have it wrapped in aluminum. This provides the ultimate layer of protection against moisture. You can even find aluminum that matches your style and color and doesn't look too much different than the original wood. A roofing company in your area can help you with this.
Have you already suffered damage to your fascia? If so, you need to have it examined and repaired as soon as possible. Contact a roof repair company in your area for a consultation.