Your roofing system isn’t all shingles and flashings. It also has other components that aren’t usually given enough attention but are nonetheless crucial to its longevity and performance. One of these is the fascia boards. They run along the edge of your roof, serving as the finishing trim that completes the aesthetic look of your home’s facade. But what are they exactly?
Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal is here to tell you more about the fascia boards and their importance to your roof and home.
About the Fascia Board
A fascia board is a piece of horizontal material installed across your roofline where the rafters and trusses end. It is most commonly made of wood, but it can also be made of other materials like aluminum, vinyl, PVC and plastic.
Homeowners often get confused between the fascia board and the soffit. The fascia board runs along the edge of your roof while the soffit is underneath it. Fascia boards make sure that moisture is kept away from your home’s inner structure by concealing the rafters or trusses holding the roof in place. Soffits, meanwhile, cover the underside of the roof overhang and are usually perforated to allow for attic ventilation.
Importance of a Fascia Board
One of the important roles of the fascia board is to hold the gutters in place. Without it, there won’t be a sturdy and convenient spot for mounting or attaching the gutter system. Make sure, however, that your gutters are cleaned regularly to keep them clog-free. Too many leaves and other debris can cause water to back up, exposing the fascia board to moisture damage.
Another key role that the fascia board plays on your roof is that it helps prevent leaks. Without it, wind-driven rain can easily enter the area underneath your roof and cause water to leak inside your home. Of course, the fascia board provides the roof a clean, finished look. Since it is available in a wide variety of colors and materials, you can use it to improve your home’s overall appearance further.
If you’re thinking about having your fascia board inspected, maintained, or replaced, Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal is here to help. Call (785) 628-3614 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Hays and Colby, KS.