I was walking around the out side house the other day doing an inventory of
what needs to be done this spring. I noticed that some of the facia (sp?)
"board" looked rotted. I pulled down a piece of the rotted part and
discovered that it looked like pressed paper. The part that is not rotted
is about 3/8 inch thick, and has a grain pattern embossed on it.
What is this crap?
I'm going to have to take my gutters down now to get this crap off, then
put real wood in it's place.
It's pressed paper.
I think the technical term is "fiberboard".
Seems like proper maintenance would give this stuff longer life, but it
breaks down quickly if it isn't painted. The modern composite materials
available to the industry today probably hold up much better:
PS. It's "fascia". :)
The recommendation when we had ours repaired was to use MDF, which I
guess is the deluxe version of particle board. The rec was to prime and
paint all 6 sides before installing it, then caulk and paint again. The
damaged sections looked like what you describe, which had not been
properly maintained for years they had gaps at the seams, allowing
moisture to damage structural members and warp the ends/corners of the
fascia. One of those simple to fix things that can cause major expense
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