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Protect Your Fascia Boards From Water Damage With Fascia Wrap

Protect Your Fascia Boards From Water Damage With Fascia Wrap

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Fascia Wrap, also known as “Fascia Capping,” is a waterproofing material that protects your fascia board from water damage. To prevent all water from coming into contact with your fascia board will help it last 2 to 3 times longer than a fascia board that is not protected.

Water damage causes fascia boards to soften and fall apart over time which causes the gutters on your house may eventually fall off. Wrap Fascia board in aluminum or vinyl material to protect it and extend its life. Keeping the wood dry will help it last for at least 20 years.

What Is a Fascia Board, and How Does It Work?

Fascia board is the wood trim that runs along the edge of your home’s roof. The main goal is to protect the exposed opening left by your rafters on your roof. Animals, water, and bugs would get into your roof and attic if you didn’t have a fascia board. This wood is highly vulnerable to the water damage caused by water leaking behind gutters. It always rots and deteriorates over time. The drains will eventually collapse. Typically, the fascia is attached to the rafters first, followed by the gutter. 

Pro Tip: If your gutter hangers can hit the rafters, the gutter and fascia will never come loose like in this photo.

Cladding or Wrapping Your Fascia Board

Wrapping metal around your existing fascia board and roofs is known as fascia wrapping or cladding.

It provides an exact colour and material match when installed in conjunction with new Rain Gutters. Wrapping your wood fascia boards in aluminum, copper, or steel has a lot of appealing features.

  • The Metal Fascia Wrap Protects your wood from the effects of the UV rays.
  • It provides a Barrier from the wind-driven rain.
  • It requires no Painting. (When a house is painted, many people have their gutters removed so that the wood fascia boards underneath can be painted. Usually, the painters are unable to reinstall them correctly.)
  • It helps to minimize some areas that insects can usually penetrate the wood.
  • Provides an exact colour match when installed together with new Seamless Rain Gutters.

If your fascia boards are wavy or warped, we may need to install more than one seam per 10 feet. All Fascia Wraps come in 35 different colours, as well as Copper and Stainless Steel.

Fascia Wrap Installation

Fascia Wrap Installation

We use a “Break” to bend the aluminum into a shape that fits around the fascia board. It’s the same machinery that is used to bend custom siding for home exteriors.

Fascia Wrap That Bends

First, we’d measure and cut the aluminum into 7-inch strips for the 16-inch fascia board. (9′′ for 18′′, 11′′ for 110′′, etc.) After that, we’d measure and score a new line at the 1-inch mark, then break or bend the aluminum into a 90-degree right angle.

Pre-bent Fascia Wrapping Ready to Install

Once you bend all of the aluminum fasciae wraps to shape, you are ready for the actual installation. You can wrap your current fascia board or apply fascia wrap to a new fascia board that has been put on your home.

Remove all gutters and hardware if you’re wrapping an existing fascia board. Any nails, screws, debris, or other objects that could prevent the wrap from sitting flush against the wood should be removed from the fascia. Finally, place the wrapping on the fascia so that the 1-inch portion extends past the fascia board’s top edge. Use screws to secure the wrap to the fascia board.

Installing New Fascia, Fascia Wrap, Drip Edge, and Soffit

The first step in installing a new fascia with fascia wrap is to remove the existing fascia board and all nails, screws, and hardware. The new fascia board would then be installed without the wrap. Finally, wrap the fascia wrap around the new fascia, ensuring that it covers all of the wood, and screw it in place. You’ll be able to see what you’re doing this way.

The Fascia Wrap and Drip Edge Collaborate

Drip Edge

The drip edge is a long right-angle strip. The gap between the roof and the gutter that it covers can be seen. The drip edge is an essential part of the gutter system. Its job is to keep the gap between the shingles and the gutter closed, preventing water from getting behind the gutter. Additionally, it directs water into the gutter. The Drip Edge directs the water into the gutter’s center. The drip edge closes the gap between the roof deck and gutter beneath the shingles, keeping water from getting behind the gutter and under the shingles. Fascia capping, on the other hand, only protects the fascia. Water can still get behind the gutter and into the walls without a drip edge. The Fascia Capping would still protect your fascia. If you only have one option, the drip edge is far more important.

A WARNING REGARDING DRIP EDGE…

Suppose you have Fascia Wrap on your home or are thinking about getting it. There is one important point to remember. If you have fascia wrap, you must have a drip edge appropriately installed. The drip edge should be appropriately installed on all homes, but it is essential with fascia wrap. 

When you wrap your fascia, you can’t see the wood because it’s completely covered. As a result, you won’t know if the wood is rotting until it’s far too late. Typically, the gutters are the first to become loose. The fascia wrap is then separated from the fascia board. The fascia wrapping and a shard of fascia hanging from under the gutter are visible in the two photos below. This fascia board has rotted and disintegrated. Because there is no wood behind it, the gutter is basically supported by the downspout at this point.

Behind the fascia wrap, the fascia board rotted away. Nobody realized there was a problem until it was too late because of the wrap. The photos above were taken one month before the photos below.

To be clear, the above home did not have a drip edge installed throughout. Water was leaking behind the gutter, destroying the fascia board. The fascia wrap was installed without a drip edge, and the result was a complete disaster.

Wrap Your Rake

They’re very similar to the fascia board. They fill in the space left by the rafters. The difference between a rake board and a fascia board is that a rake board is slanted while a fascia board is straight. Rake boards never have gutters because they are always inclined.

Wrap your rake board in the same way you wrapped your fascia board. The rake board will be protected in the same way as the fascia board, extending its life by two to three times.

Conclusion

Wood rot on a fascia board in its early stages.

We always recommend wrapping only new wood. If you wrap wood that is more than ten years old, it may begin to deteriorate in a few years, and you will not notice until it is too late. Adding wrap to an old fascia board is not a viable option for extending the life of the fascia.

Wrapping your fascia board can extend the life of your board by two to three times. On the other hand, wrapping will exacerbate the problem if you don’t have a drip edge. As a result, ensure your fascia wrap and drip edge are installed and configured correctly by a professional.

After making any repairs to your roofing edge and gutter system, keep an eye out for anything that doesn’t look right. Call us at Remember me roofing for needs.

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