The fascia boards, as the name implies, make up the face of your roofline. That is, if your fascia boards are old, faded, warped, saggy, and/or rotted, your roofline is going to look bad. Not only that, a saggy fascia could lead to real structural issues with your roofline. Usually, if you maintain your fascia regularly and prevent water damage that leads to sagging, you prevent any structural issues. This article explains some simple but vital measure you should take to ensure that your fascia boards don't become damaged.
Prevent Termite Damage
Termite damage is obviously a major concern for any of the wooden elements in your home. The fascia is particularly vulnerable for a number of reasons. First of all, the rain gutter is often attached directly to the fascia. The moisture can attract termites (and rodents) that eventually transfer to the fascia. Furthermore, holes from the mounting hardware can serve as entry points for termites. Also, most fascia boards are attached to soffits that encapsulate the overhang of a roof. This area can also become a suitable home for termites. The biggest danger is that termites will start to feast on the wood from the inside. Finding and fixing this sort of termite damage is hard.
First, you should get up on a ladder and closely inspect the wood. If you notice holes or areas where the paint has chipped off, look for signs of termites. Knock on the wood and make sure it does not feel hollow or corrupted. If you suspect there could be termite infestation inside your roof overhang, you should call in a pest control specialist.
Water damage is also a major concern if you have wooden fascia boards. When you get up on your ladder, check for water damage. If the paint is peeling or fading, it could be water damaged. If the wood grains seem to be swollen, warped, or separated, your fascia might need to be repaired.
Water damage is easily preventable. The most important thing is to always keep the wood coated in protective wood sealant. You might need to reapply wood sealant every single year if you live in a wet climate. This thin layer of sealant will definitely protect the wood and lengthen the lifespan of your roofline. If you let the water damage become too severe, you will need to have the roof repaired by professional contractors from a company like Berwald Roofing Inc.