Different Types of Fascia Boards
Different types of fascia boards
The fascia that runs around the top of a property below the roof, to which the guttering attaches, plays a much more important role than just looking good.
It protects what is a vulnerable area from the elements and without a sturdy fascia board, the weather can wreak havoc causing all kinds of problems.
Not only that but ensuring it is well fitted and maintained can prevent other issues, such as bird nesting and insect infestation.
With the colder months approaching, now is the time to give your fascia a little TLC if it’s looking a little worse for wear.
There are four main different types of fascia boards and choosing the correct type for your property can sometimes be a bit of a minefield for the uninitiated.
This brief read will point you in the right direction and help you to make an educated decision.
If you already have well maintained fascia board in place, capping fascia may be what you need, as they are perfect for attaching to existing wooden boards.
This means that you won’t have to go through the process of removing the old board, saving time and expense.
What’s more, capping fascia is one of the cheapest options so if you have a larger property or lots of area to cover, it could equate to quite the saving.
Capping fascia is ideal for quickly upgrading the appearance of the outside of your property.
An alternative to capping fascia is ogee fascia boards. These are much the same as capping fascia in how they are fitted, but it is important to ensure, just as with capping fascia, that the existing wooden fascia is in good condition.
Ogee fascia differs in that it has sculpted edges instead of square and therefore offers a different design element.
Of course, this is a matter of preference but just as with capping fascia, it offers a quick upgrade that can add character to your property.
Usually backing board is not necessary in order to fit rounded fascia boards and they can be attached directly to the foot of the rafters.
Often used in new build properties, rounded fascia boards will give a more contemporary look, so if that is your preference, you’d do well to start looking here.
As the name suggests, square fascia has a square edge. Just as with rounded fascia, it doesn’t usually require any backing board to fit, making this an easy option for fitting.
Finally, because this type of fascia is usually the smallest, it is often best suited to properties on the smaller side.
Of course, much of this all comes down to personal preference, so you’d be well advised to look at all the options before making a decision.
If there’s only one piece of advice you take from reading this though, let it be to make sure that all of your timber, rafters and any fascia that will remain un-replaced is in good condition.
Fitting anything new on top of neglected or perished fascia is a temporary patch up at best and instead of sticking a plaster on the wound, it’s better to fix it up properly.