What Causes Rotted Fascia Boards?

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One of the most common parts of your home to encounter rot is fascia boards. Your fascia boards run along the edge of the roof. Rotted wood can be costly to repair, so you want to work hard to prevent rotted fascia boards. Learning what causes this issue is one of the first steps to preventing it. Read along as a roofer explains common causes for this issue.

Gutter Issues

Gutter issues are one of the top reasons why fascia boards start to rot. Gutters are designed to catch rain that falls from the rough. The water then flows through the trough and is discarded down the downspout. However, if gutters have holes and are leaking, are pulling away from the side of the home, or are overflowing due to debris in the trough, that water flows over the gutter and against your fascia. This can then lead to rot.

Improperly Installed Roof

When your roof is properly installed, the slope of the roof guides water to fall from the roof and into your gutter troughs. If a roof is not properly installed, the slope of the roof may not accomplish this task. In turn, water may sit against the roof, and then slowly make its way down to the fascia boards. Onces again, as water sits against the boards, it can eventually lead to rotted fascia boards.

Storm Damage

While you can prevent roof and gutter issues from preventing your damage to your fascia, you cannot prevent storm damage. When it rains, and it’s windy, rain can blow sideways. When this happens, that sideways rain can blow directly on your fascia boards.If this happens repeatedly, your boards can develop rot due to increased water exposure.

Now that you know what causes rotted fascia boards, you may be wondering how this problem can be identified. The majority of the time, this issue is caught by roofers during a roof inspection. Under normal circumstances, your roof should be inspected once or twice a year. This varies depending on the age of your roof and the materials it’s made from. If you’re in need of a roof inspection or need to repair damaged fascia boards, reach out to our roofing company to schedule an appointment.

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