Fascia boards are a fundamental component of the roofing system. If they become damaged, they can affect the overall integrity of your roof and its structure. Since gutters are typically attached to fascia panels, the gutter system might also be comprised. A roofline extends past exterior walls – fascia boards cover the ends of the rafters so they are not exposed to the elements. If you’re not sure the fascia needs repairing or replacing, look for these common signs.
It takes a while for rot or mold to take hold. Both rot and mold can remain invisible to the naked eye for months before it becomes noticeable. Often the first sign that rot or mold could become a problem is the discolouration of the fascia panels. When moisture permeates fascia boards, it weakens the protective surfaces of the panels, creating an environment for rot or mold.
Cracks or Holes
As vinyl fascia panels age, the material can become brittle, developing cracks or holes that let in moisture. The more damaged the fascia is, the sooner it should be replaced. Wood fascia can also become cracked or loose due to weathering, especially when subjected to fluctuating temperature changes (expanding and contracting).
While it is true that newer residences are more likely to have vinyl fascia or aluminum fascia panels, wood fascia is common on older homes. Flaking paint indicates water damage, and as previously mentioned, eventually leads to rot.
Gutters Pulling Away
When fascia boards become soft or rotted, the nails or fastens of a gutter system begin to pull away. The gutters might not noticeably sag or immediately fall down, but if they become clogged and then overflow, other issues can develop that might impact the soffit and fascia of your home’s exterior.
Water Damage on Interior Walls
While overflowing gutters are generally responsible for splashing water onto the soffit and fascia or allowing water to seep through the siding onto interior walls, an overflowing gutter system might not be the sole culprit. When water damage appears on walls inside your home, examine the roof for leaks, particularly around flashings and the fascia.