A Step by Step Guide to Replacing a Fascia Board
Weather can take its toll on an exterior of a property, and fascias and guttering are no exception. With fascias holding the guttering in place, and protecting the edging of your roof, when rot sets in it is time for them to be replaced.
Although this may seem like a major job – and it may well be depending on the size of your property – there are only a few simple steps to take when replacing the fascias holding up your guttering, making the whole process very easy to follow.
The first step to take when replacing fascias is measuring the old fascia board that is on the property. This will ensure that the right size of replacement timber is obtained making the procedure go a whole lot smoother. It will also help to gather all necessary tools in advance before undertaking the job.
The replacement of fascias also presents the opportunity to change the style of the both the fascias and guttering on your property. With many different colours and specifications of fascias and guttering available on the market, it is worth considering all the different options before investing your money, in order to potentially greatly improve the appearance of your property.
The next stage in the process is to remove the guttering from the current fascia board on the house. As metal clips are normally employed to hold the guttering in place on the fascias, these clips can be pulled back using a tool such as a pair of multi grips to free each section of guttering.
As the easiest way to replace fascias is by removing each section and then directly replacing it with another one, it is best to work in a methodical manner, dealing with one piece of fascia board at a time. Also, as sections of guttering are sometimes very long, two pairs of hands are definitely better than one, so an extra person to assist you is a good idea.
After this you will need to lift the roofing up off the fascia in order to effectively cut it out. This can be done by first removing nails from the roof over the piece of rotten fascia, then pushing the roofing up and placing a timber block in the ensuing gap. Any guttering brackets should be removed at this point.
Working from the rotten section of fascia first, mark the line where you will cut the fascia board by finding the closest point where it has been nailed to the roof joist. By drawing a line between the piece of fascia you want to remove and the nails, you will be making sure that remaining fascia is still securely attached to the roofing.
The next stage is to cut away the fascias you are working with in order to be able to replace them. This can be done by cutting in an upward motion from the bottom of the fascia board with a saw blade set to the depth of the piece of fascia being worked on.
The old rotten fascias can now be safely removed. If necessary, use a tool such as a wrecking bar to fully detach the fascias from the property. Once this task has been completed, new fascia board can be installed by cutting it so size and then nailing it into place.
Finally, you can paint your new fascia after filling any spaces that exist in the joins between new and old pieces of fascia and lightly sanding the surface. Before you paint, make sure that any guttering clips are put back in place and that guttering is reattached to the new and remaining fascias.
By following this relatively straightforward process you will improve not only the appearance of your property but also leave your fascias and guttering ready to stand up to the demands of harsh weather conditions once again.