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Old 06-25-2019, 01:12 PM   #1
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Wood Fascia: Replace or Not to Replace


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I am interested in those craftsman that have replaced their fair share of wood fascia over the years and what their option is of my project.

The attached images are examples of the most worn fascia found on my fixer up home. All of it feels secure, no sign of rotting (soft spots), no extensive mold, and the wood cleans up nicely with a wire brush or sanding. However, there are some noticeable cracks, as the fascia looks as though it has not been painted in many years. This fascia is also on the west side of an Arizona home (high temperatures, but little rain/humidity).

So, is it worth the trouble to replace (on a second story)? If not, what trick do most of you use to address the cracks? I was thinking of rubbing in wood glue on the smaller crevices and liquid nails on the larger ones, then sand down. As for the corners, I have a custom pieces of decarative flashing that I anchor with glue/screws that has worked out well in the past.


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looks like you have a 1x8 board I think I would cover it with vinyl fascia pre-made pieces slide up under the drip edge. from The Big Box stores and you never have to paint again

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I don't like fixing things that aren't broke. Use an oil base primer and a quality latex paint. It will be good for another 10 years or more.
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looks like you have a 1x8 board I think I would cover it with vinyl fascia pre-made pieces slide up under the drip edge.
Hmm. Dark colored vinyl on a Western exposure in Arizona? I wouldn't recommend it.
Just sand and paint it with a good quality exterior primer and good quality exterior paint.
Since you're not in a damp climate, I wouldn't worry too much about some minor cracks in wood that isn't structural.
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White vinyl not dark

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If you're game for learning how to use sheetmetal brake, or local roof/siding supplier has such a service, best bet is aluminum covers. I don't know since I didn't search, but vinyl covers may not come that wide and deteriorate faster. I kept my covers to 6' in lengths and overlap to about 3". No nail in the overlap, 3 holes about 2" from the bottom edge, slightly bigger than the aluminum nails and nails snug to the metal. About 1" under the drip edge. I installed the drip edges tight to the rake frame but if yours has too much space and the cover feels loose, put a bead of caulk just under the drip edge before sliding the cover in.
It's better to use thicker sheetmetal. 10" or so rolls sold at the box stores are thin, although they will work. 24" rolls are thicker.
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House color scheme looks like it's dark fascia. Vinyl would force that color.

re: Wrapping with vinyl or coil stock...blech. Sorry to all of you who have done it, but it does not look good. Sure, the maintenance might be lower, but it's not an aesthetic improvement in any way.
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Stain then. If you are worried about paint issues. Sand and stain.
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I replaced the fascia boards on my detached garage about 10 years ago. I used pressure treated 1x4 that I primed and painted (two coats each). Looks as good today as the day I installed it.

In your case I'd probably apply some wood filler, sand, prime, and paint.
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