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Old 11-09-2010, 02:40 AM   #1
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I am purchasing a house built in the late 50's and the roof is pretty shot. The sellers are willing to pay for a new roof to be put on. Currently there are 1x6 planks underneath the roofing, but, a lot of them have had some serious water damage. I have read some of the posts and learned that plywood is not as good as replacing the 1x6's currently there. So, here is my question... Should I have the roofer replace all of the 1x6's currently up there or is it sufficient that they only replace the one's that are damaged? Secondly, the eves and fascia have dry rot so they need to be replaced. Is it better to prime and paint that wood or prime and wrap with aluminum siding material or use pressure treated wood that is then wrapped with the aluminum siding material?
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hello James N, here is my two cents on your issues:

Replacing the 1 x 6 Rafters: I would not recommended replacing the rafters at all. The damaged rafters should be "sistered", instead of removing and replacing the entire rafter.

Painting or Wrapping the Fascia and soffit: If there is any significantly rotted trim wood, replace the specific areas - THEN- Wrap all the fascia with aluminum coil. On the Soffit,, install new vinyl soffit product. I recommend CertainTeed's invisavent product (looks like bead-board wainscoting)

Wish you the best!

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Welcome to the world of home repairs.

Usually a good roofer will remove and replace the bad sheathing (1x6 planks in your case).
They typically do it for $x /sq ft or time & materials.

You don't need to use Pressure Treated on the new fascia, rakes & soffits.
Spruce/hemlock or whatever is standard for framing in your area.

Then wrap with Aluminum coil stock and vinyl soffits.(if that's the look you're going for)
Otherwise it's preprimed and prepainted wood fascia, rakes & soffits.

This should be very standard with a reputable roofer.
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Replacing the 1 x 6 Rafters: I would not recommended replacing the rafters at all. The damaged rafters should be "sistered", instead of removing and replacing the entire rafter.
Guess he missread the scope.
1x6 sheathing.....and who uses 1x6 rafters?????
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Guess he missread the scope.
1x6 sheathing.....and who uses 1x6 rafters?????
I misread this... i thought he was referring to the rafters (and just had the wrong lumber term).

if you are referring to the sheathing, replace the damaged.
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Thanks for your help guys!
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Just so you know, most aluminum coil stock (for wrapping the facia, exterior trim, etc) is not intended for use over green treated lumber. The chemical in the lumber can actually eat the metal.

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