Just when you had your new roofing installed, you notice your fascia boards are starting to rot, sticking out like a sore thumb whenever you look at your house. The worst part is, whatever material or types of soffit you have installed will start to deteriorate as the rot from your fascia boards spread.
If you want to get rid of the rot on your fascia boards, you need to first understand what it’s happening. Here’s a simple guide you can follow to determine what causes the rot and what you can do about it.
One of the well-known causes of rot on fascia boards is old roofing or an improperly installed roofing system. If the architecture of your roofing system is a little imperfect, it can lead to misplaced or damaged shingles that could allow water to flow against the walls and run down, causing water damage to your fascia. Eventually, it leads to decay after a long period of exposure to water.
Due to its location, fascia boards and other roof fascia types are consistently exposed and considerably weaker than the other parts of the roof. As a result, it’s exceptionally susceptible to wind-driven rain during a storm. Over time, your fascia will start to rot because of this prolonged exposure to rainwater. You need to call your local roofer and request a storm damage repair service to fix the issue.
If gutters are mounted on the fascia board incorrectly, it can also cause some water damaged for a few reasons. Gutter seams, corner mitres, and end caps can allow water to easily pass through. If you fail to do some regular cleaning and maintenance on your roof, your gutters could easily get clogged, and water can overflow. If your gutter can’t contain the amount of water coming from a high-volume area, it will definitely start to overflow.
Gutters are designed so that when water overflows, it goes off the front side. This is due to the fact that the gutter is placed lower on the front. Even so, some water still ends up running down the front of the end of the gutter onto the fascia board.
As gutters have a risk of being clogged due to debris, rocks, or fallen leaves, downspouts have a tendency to do the same as they are connected. Clogged downspouts can even cause your gutters to overflow, resulting in water damage to the fascia board. Leaves, debris, sticks, and even rocks can easily get stuck inside, obstructing the water flowing from the gutter.
On the other hand, underground drains can also get clogged. This is especially true if they were installed in a more level fashion, not allowing water to flow.
It all starts with one rotting fascia board, and it will eventually spread. Any damage to your roof and all of its parts put your home at risk to the elements. It’s best to look at the signs of rot on your roof and have it repaired or replaced immediately by a professional.
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