The type of wood repair services that we provide are wood repairs associated with the gutter system, such as fascia boards or plywood soffit.
Gutters and roofing flashing (drip edge) work together to prevent water from contacting your homes wood. If the gutters become clogged and/or loose from excessive weight it allows the water to go behind the gutter and cause damage to the boards.
Neglecting your gutter system by allowing debris to pile up in the gutters can lead to very costly wood repair. Avoid these damages by following proper gutter maintenance.
WOOD REPAIR SERVICES
- FASCIA BOARD REPAIR
- FASCIA BOARD REPLACEMENT
- RAKE BOARD REPLACEMENT
- ALUMINUM TRIP WRAP FASCIA
- VINYL SOFFIT
- PLYWOOD SOFFIT
- COMPOSITE FASCIA
WOOD REPAIR ESTIMATES
For most wood repair services, such as fascia board replacement, we typically need to visit the home to examine the damages ourselves. That way we are able to gather measurements and confirm sizes before we are able to provide an accurate estimate. There are simply too many variables that may not be seen in photos.
Fascia Boards are trim boards installed to the edge of the roofline to cover the exposed roof rafters. Without fascia boards you would be able to see into most roofs.
In addition to covering the open roof rafters fascia boards also support the gutter systems. In fact almost all gutter systems are mounted to fascia boards. However except for gutters hung with roof straps like commercial buildings.
Common gutter repair issues such as loose gutters, pitch issues, or drip edge issues are the top causes of fascia board damage. Anything that causes or allows water behind the gutters is bad news.
Another contributing factor of fascia board damage is gutter neglect by allowing debris to pile up and clog the system. When water is not able to drain it fills the gutters and pulls them loose.
Water and excess moisture that come into contact with fascia boards speed up the process of wood breaking down. Fascia board rot is basically the wood decomposing naturally.
To learn more about Fascia Board Rot and how the gutter system and drip edge work together to protect the fascia boards from water damages, please CLICK HERE.
RE-SECURE LOOSE FASCIA BOARDS:
Gutters that are constantly pulling at the fascia board due to excessive weight can pull the boards loose over time. Fascia boards that come loose from the rafters are usually able to be re-secured to the home using long coated deck screws.
1″ x 6″ PRE-PRIMED FASCIA BOARD INSTALLATION:
Includes the removal and re-installation of the existing fascia boards. Since gutters are likely mounted to the boards the gutters will need to be removed to be able to access the fascia. After the fascia replacement is completed the gutters are re-installed using new heavy duty hangers.
For more information about Fascia Board Replacement, please CLICK HERE.
Much like fascia boards, rake boards also run along the top edge of the home under the roof line. In fact Rake Boards use the exact same 1″ x 6″ pre primed boards that are used for fascia board installation. However there are a couple differences between rake boards and fascia boards.
The easiest way for us to remember the difference is that rake boards are diagonal and on the sides of the home. Since all rake boards are slanted they typically never have gutters installed to them. Therefore that is another easy way to remember the difference. Rake boards never (or at least their not supposed to) have gutters installed to them.
1″ X 6″ RAKE BOARD INSTALLATION:
As with our fascia board replacement projects, we only use pre-primed pine fascia boards for rake board installations. They come in the same 1 x 6″, 1 x 8″, and 1 x 12″ sizes as fascia board since technically they are fascia boards.
In order for fascia boards and rake boards to last as long as possible, you need to make sure that the least amount of water and moisture as possible touches them. Besides making sure that the gutter system is properly installed and configured as efficiently as possible, there is another extra step you can take to add longevity to your fascia/rake boards life. And that is to wrap them in aluminum trim wrap.
Aluminum trip wrap is essentially a sheet of aluminum gutter material that is bent into shape so that it is able to cover the exposed face of the fascia/rake boards. Trim wrap is available to match every gutter color. The common colors like white, cream, almond, and brown will be more readily available. Whereas something less common like forest green may need to be ordered from the manufacturer.
ALUMINUM FASCIA WRAP INSTALLATION:
We custom fabricate and bend new aluminum material into shape on site so that it fits your fascia and/or rake boards. All sizes of fascia/rake boards, whether 1×6 or 1×12, are able to be wrapped in aluminum material to prevent contact with water.
The underside of an overhanging roof is usually covered with soffit to protect the rafters from the elements. A lot of times these soffit are vented so that they allow air to flow in and out of the roof. This prevents moisture from building up and helps stop mold and mildew.
Soffit is one of those things that people see everyday but never question what it is called or what it’s purpose is. It’s safe to say that most people do not know what soffit is, especially if they haven’t had to replace or repair it yet.
PLYWOOD SOFFIT INSTALLATION:
Plywood soffit is measured and cut to fit your home on site using similar width plywood as the existing wood on your home. Once the plywood soffit is installed we seal the gaps using waterproof sealant then paint the new plywood once the sealant dries.
VINYL SOFFIT INSTALLATION:
The more common of the soffit styles and also the cheapest option in most situations. Vinyl soffit comes in longer sections that are cut down to fit the width of your home. They are made from the same material as siding and the pieces slide into each other in the same fashion.
VINYL FASCIA OR COMPOSITE FASCIA
Pine fascia boards can last up to 20 years or longer if the gutter system is properly maintained and excess moisture is prevented along the roofing eave. Nevertheless the wooden boards will still eventually become too soft or brittle to support the gutters. The natural board will eventually fail and need to be replaced.
Alternatively, composite fascia boards are new option that will last longer than the rest of the home. Composite fascia boards are made from vinyl, which is a synthetic material much like heavy duty plastic.
Vinyl materials are slowly working their way into home exterior projects due to their durability and resistance to water damage. However the price of vinyl fascia is usually significantly more than the price of pine fascia.
VINYL FASCIA OR RAKE BOARD INSTALLATION
As with pine fascia boards, composite fascia boards are also available in the same sizes and thicknesses. 1″ x 6″, 1″ x 8″, and 1″ x 12″ and also available in the thicker 5/4″ size.
If you are interested in a quote for composite fascia installation, be sure to note “composite” in the details section on the estimate form.
PRE-PRIMED PINE FASCIA
Fascia or Rake Boards are made from either wood or vinyl (composite). If they are real wood then chances are the boards are pre primed pine finger joint boards. The common sizes associated with gutter systems are 1 x 6″, 1 x 8″, and 1 x 12″. However fascia boards come in a variety of sizes like 1 x 3″ or 1 x 4″ which are not ideal for gutters since they are smaller than the gutter.
WHITE SEMI-GLOSS EXTERIOR PAINT
We pre-coat all of our fascia or rake boards using white semi-gloss exterior paint. The paint provides a waterproof shell that shields water from penetrating the wood. Any other color of paint besides white will need to be provided by the customer.
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