The fascia boards behind my gutters and other trim on my 1968 home
(built by Levitt & Sons) look like wood but actually are pressed paper,
sized to standard lumber dimensions. With the paint removed, the paper
looks like the facing on sheetrock.
What is this stuff? Is it still available for cheapskate builders to use
Actually, it has held up well for 36 years. Had previous owners
maintained it well(painting it promptly when needed), it would probably
still be okay today. But the paint has peeled, and the paper is damp.
Even when dried, it can't be sanded like wood. So I'll probably just
remove it and replace it with real wood, unless someone has other
Some of the fascia boards behind the gutters are not vertical, but are
sloped backwards at the bottom as much as 26 degrees. (That's a 2" gap
between the bottom of the 4" gutter and the fascia.) So even if I remove
the gutters, scraped all the peeling paint off (which will also remove
some of the paper), let the paper thoroughly dry, prime and paint it,
and rehang the gutter, surface blemishes on the fascia will still be
Thanks for any suggestions, though I'm mainly trying to get information
on what the fake boards are, and warn others that they exist.