5 DIY Fascia Repair Tips You Should Read
It is possible to repair and maintain your roof yourself, without the need to call in the professionals, but you do need to know everything there is to know before you start. This is definitely the case when repairing or installing new fascias on your roof — a structure that is important to keep guttering intact and rainwater directed away.
So, without any further ado, we present to you … 5 DIY Fascia Repair Tips You Should Read.
1 - Pick your materials wisely.
Cheap materials isn’t always a poor-quality material, but the wrong material will be an expensive mistake. You will need to pick wood that works for your area and climate. Places that are hot with some rain will need wood that doesn’t have grain that can split the word with moisture, expansion, and shrinkage. The heat will bake it, the cold temperatures will shrink it, and water or ice will cause any splits or cracks to get a lot bigger.
2 - Seal the edges.
Before installing, make sure that you seal the naked ends of the fascia wood/boards. They can absorb water through the ends if edges aren’t close enough to each other, and that can lead to rotting problems that you might not see until the problem is quite bad. You can seal the edge of the wooden fascia boards by dunking them in primer repeatedly, allowing the porous material inside to suck up as much as it can. This essentially ‘plugs’ the ends.
3 - Be careful with the fixtures.
If you hammer nails into the wrong place of a fascia board, you could split the entire thing. That’ll mean you’ll need to get your hands on a new piece. Either that or the crack could be minimal and you might not be pick on it, causing problems once it has been installed on the roof. Do some research and, if you have any doubts, get in touch with a roofing expert in the area for more advice.
4 - Don’t do it if you're not sure.
And also: don’t do it if it’s not safe. Is there someone else at home during your DIY project? What happens if you were to fall and no one was around? There would be no one to get help. We don't recommend doing any roof repairs or maintenance projects yourself unless you have all the equipment, safety gear, and people you need. Always have a safety person on standby who knows what you’re doing and stays within earshot. Ideally, they’ll be stood at the bottom of the ladder, keeping it secure.
5 - Hire the professionals.
If you hire a roofer in to fix the fascias of your home, or to install new ones, you’re getting more than just that one job. A reliable and reputable roofer will offer you an assessment to figure out if there are other problems to worry about alongside the fascia one you already know about. There’s very little point in fixing the fascias when the roof is so beyond repair, it could collapse at any moment … (Not that we’re saying that’ll happen with your home, of course.) It makes sense to get all of your roof problems attended to in one go, by one qualified professional, doesn’t it?
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