Wooden Or Compositie Fascia Boards
The fascia boards on your roofline are hugely important when it comes to both the style and structural integrity of your roof. That is, if your fascia boards are not in good condition, you could run into problems with a sagging roofline. Also, the fascia board is one of the most important pieces of trim around your home, so you want it to always look straight and brightly painted. Of course, the material that you choose for your fascia boards can have a huge impact on how difficult it is to keep them looking straight and clean. This article compares traditional wooden fascia boards to modern composite fascia board products:
Wooden Fascia Boards
Real wood fascia boards are by far the most common choice. They have been used in residential construction for many years. Wood is a reliable product that is strong, easy to repair, and highly customizable. That is, you can paint or stain your wooden fascia boards to be just about any color. Best of all, changing the finish is quite simple, giving you great flexibility when it comes to remodeling your home over the years.
The main drawback to wood is that it needs some more TLC over the years. Wood can be susceptible to water and termite damage. Both of these can cause big problems if left untreated. A weak fascia board can start to sag and put undue pressure on your roof trusses, compromising the overhang and whatever roofing material you have. The problems are usually more pronounced if you have a heavy roof tile that puts extra weight on the fascia. The weight can warp the wooden fascia, exposing the wood grains that are, in turn, even more susceptible to further water damage. If you own wooden fascia boards, you just need to be more vigilant and make repairs as soon as possible.
Composite fascia boards have a wood core and laminated cap. This cap is basically 100% waterproof and prevents the wood from ever being susceptible to water damage. The best thing about this waterproof layer is that it never needs to be reinforced or reapplied. The colors on these finishes will also stay truer and brighter over the years. Color fading is less noticeable with a composite fascia that is painted in a factory using electrostatic techniques.
Basically, composite fascia is better for homeowners who don't want to deal with maintenance, but wood fascia is better for those who prefer the more natural look. Contact a company like Bellerose Roofing & Siding for more information and assistance.