Learning to keep up the soffit and fascia boards is essential if you live in a wet environment or your home has a history of termite damage. The fascia is the board along the bottom of a roof that faces outward. It is the most visible piece of the roofline. Below the fascia is the soffit that face downward. It usually encases lights and internal gutter systems. This article explains the importance of fascia and soffit boards, and how to maintain the joints where they meet.
The Importance of Fascia and Soffit Boards
Fascia and soffit boards are essential elements when it comes to the structure and look of the roofline. Roofing contractors will tell you that failing to maintain your soffit and fascia boards can damage you actual roof. This is especially true with angled roofs with a low pitch and a large overhang. If the fascia and soffit get water or termite damage, they could bow and start to sag in the middle. This will put uneven weight on the roof and it could compromise the roof's tiles. Since clay tiles are not flexible, they are especially susceptible to getting damaged from a bowed roof.
Maintaining the Front Joint
Maintaining the joint along the front edge of the soffit and fascia is important. If the soffit gets separated from the fascia, it will be weaker and vice versa. Also, if there is a gap between the joints, your eaves could become a perfect home for termites, birds and rodents. The joint needs to always be sealed with waterproof caulk. But, the caulk is not strong enough to close the gap by itself. You will need to use drywall screws to totally close the gap. The key is to pre-drill your holes with a cordless power driver and a wood bit. This prevents the wood from splitting. This is very important since you are working so close to the edge of the board. Also, use some wood glue between the soffit and fascia for a stronger hold.
After the screws are drilled in and the gap is invisible, you will want to caulk over it. Then, cover the screw heads with some wood putty. Finally prime and paint the boards. You might as well paint the entire board so you have no problem matching paint colors.
Making sure that your fascia and soffit are always waterproof will definitely prolong their life and help guarantee that your roof is structurally sound. If you don't want to tackle the job yourself, local roofing contractors will be glad to help.