Fascia, or fascia boards, are part of a house that few people pay any attention to until it becomes acutely visible and an expensive problem to solve.
On 99% of houses, the outside edge of a roof ends and the outside walls begin. The commonly angled slope of a roof ends and a vertical section of material, usually 6-10 inches in width, where gutters are hung, finish out the look of the roof and the fascia in turn is connected to a horizontal section of material called the soffit.
The fascia is a more important part of the house than people realize. The large angular sections of a house that comprise the skeleton of what shape the roof will eventually look like, commonly called trusses, are directly connected to the fascia boards. What this fact means is that if the fascia is compromised in any manner, it will cause the trusses to be affected in the same manner.
Fascias made of wood have an affinity to absorb moisture much like a sponge. The roof rafters will also absorb some of this moisture in a process called whicking and become rotted or weak thereby compromising the integrity and safety of the house. If a house is left to its’ own devices without the intervention of the homeowner to protect it (by cleaning or protecting the gutters), rain, water,mold and moisture will destroy the home.
The cost of fascia board replacement:
Contractor Pricing (est.):
Average House $1,200 – $1,800
Large House $2,900 – $5,800
Source: Mgi Home Inspections