Due to hail damage I need new gutters. Inspection of the gutters
showed I also needed new fascia boards. Is there a synthetic material
I can use in place of wood that will not rot? I dont want to ever have
to do this again.
Solid PVC based product is available in the usual trim board
dimensions. That's what I would use in that type of application
where it's exposed to a lot of moisture. More expensive, but
then it will last many times the life of wood.
BAD idea. The fascia on this house is rotted out in several spots
BECAUSE it was clad, badly. Gutters clog and overflow, water gets
through gap between top back edge of gutter and drip edge, and runs down
behind cladding. Board stays wet pretty much all the time. Even with a
perfect cladding job, everywhere you have a screw or nail through the
cladding, you have a path for water. Previous owner had to replace
kitchen window, because water eventually started draining across the
soffit metal, and into wall around window, and rotted that out as well.
After I bought house, I stared at the one young window awhile before the
light bulb went off, and followed the water path backwards and found the
rotted wood inside the fascia cladding. I bent the edge back, and
punched some weep holes, but it is still wet a lot. If I ever get the
siding replaced, I'm gonna have to have the fascia replaced as well,
with plastic or naked (white-stained) cedar or something.
I'm not a fan of cladded brick mold and jambs on windows either, for
similar reasons. (Like siding companies always want to do, because it is
faster than prepping and painting.) Caulking always fails eventually,
and water does get in.
Cladding fascia with aluminum has nothing to do with rotting.
It's all about not having to paint.
If the gutters aren't properly hung, unclad facia will rot from the
back, no matter how you maintain the paint on the front of the fascia.
I added aluminum fascia (and soffit) over healthy wood with no water
problems many years agio so I wouldn't have to get up and paint 15'
off the gorund. Never a problem and it's at least 15 years ago that I
On 6/18/2011 10:07 PM, hr(bob) email@example.com wrote:
I suppose that if you used stock wide enough (unlike the idiot that did
this place), so the wrap runs all the way up under the drip edge, and
caulked well, or used gasketed nails or screws, the odds would be
better. Because of the slope they put on the gutters, my problem areas
have bare wood showing above the gutter below the drip edge. When gutter
overflows (or gets full of ice and melts), it soaks the wood every time.
And because the wrap comes around the bottom and 2-3 inches up the
backside, it creates a nice little trough of water for the wood to sit
in. Water that overflows from this trough runs across the soffit. That
is why I added weep holes, and they seem to work, sort of.
All in all, if I ever do feel rich enough to redo this, plastic plank
sounds like a much better option, with a lot fewer installation issues.
There are a wide range of TREX-like materials. If they are out of the
sunshine, I think they should last a real long time. There is also a
TREX catalog, our local big boxes don't sell all the various types
available so the catalog is very useful.
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