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stephenbishop 12-11-2012 10:16 AM

sagging facia - how to repair
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I only just noticed that we have some facia that's sagging down - which no doubt explains why I've been noticing some rippling on the popcorn ceiling inside at that point!

I went up the ladder to take a look, and it had a collection of dirt and leaves inside, all no doubt washed into place by our Florida rains.

I've cleaned it out, but try as I might I can't seem to push it back up into place. There's about a 3' section that's sagging down, but every time I try to push one section back under the lip, another point comes back down. I'm at the point of getting some corrugated nails and simply nailing it all in place, though I'm wondering if I'll regret it at a later stage.

Never having done it before, how does the stuff get fixed in place when new, and what would be the normal method to approach this problem?


joecaption 12-11-2012 10:29 AM

That looks like cheap vinyl preformed facia to me.
Almost never works out because as it expands it just bows out, forcing it out from under the drip cap.
At one time there was a sticker on the material that states do not face nail.
Seems like everyone does anyway.
Also in your case the material used looks like it was to short to begin with to slide far enough under the drip cap.
Ever mobile home with a shingle roof, most moduler homes all use that same cheap stuff. It buckes up, looks all wavy and tends to pull out the nails and falls off.
Best way to take care of it is to have a siding company replace it with new coil stock.
Second best would be to replace it with preformed aluminum fachi. I do not suggest doing it that way because it may still be to short. To do it right you would also need a special punch for making an oval hole for the trim nails.
I'd also be checking behind that piece for rotten wood.

Windows on Wash 12-11-2012 01:06 PM

Pull it all off and re do it.

+1 like Joe are going to have rot in all likelihood.

paintdrying 12-12-2012 09:15 AM

Careful on that ladder. Extend the ladder at least two feet above the fascia before getting on it. Ladder stabilizer would make things a lot safer.

joecaption 12-12-2012 09:32 AM

And it would stand it off the edge of the roof to keep from crushing the already to short shingles.

Gymschu 12-12-2012 11:11 AM

Another problem it looks like you have is that the shingles don't extend over the drip edge. Water is literally flowing into your soffit because of that loose piece of fascia. You can tell by the stains/mildew, etc that rainwater is flowing down over the fascia.

handy man88 12-19-2012 08:58 PM

How can this be a Florida roof with no gutters?

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