What Is Roof Fascia? Everything You Need to Know!

Apr 16, 2023

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Viking Contractors

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April 16, 2023

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May 10, 2024

Got Questions?

Are you getting your roof fixed but need help understanding the contractors’ terminology? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Many roof-related words like fascia and soffit need to be clearer for non-specialists. 

It can get confusing to deal with contractors who only use such words. That’s why we’re here to help you familiarize yourself with roofing terminology!

So what is roof fascia? And where can you find it? Get your answers down below, and if your roof needs fixing, give us a call!

What Is Roof Fascia?

Roof fascias are horizontal boards, usually made from wood or aluminum, that you can find directly under your roofing edge along your entire roofline. They make for a secure mounting surface for gutters, as you can usually find fascia boards attached to them.

Roof fascias are synergetic with soffits, which are the boards right under the roof’s eaves that connect the fascias to the house walls. Together, both architectural elements close off your roof’s edge and connect it to the house.

Roof Fascia Materials

The three most common roof fascia materials are wood, aluminum, and vinyl. Let’s discuss each of them in detail.

Wood

wood roof fascia in New house eaves on blue sky.

Wooden fascias are common because they’re budget-friendly, can be painted to fit the house’s aesthetic, and can last for years if properly maintained.

However, many house owners prefer to use them sparingly because they’re more susceptible to mold and rot than the other two types. Any leakage in your roof will allow moisture into your wooden boards, which can have catastrophic consequences. That’s why it’s essential you get a professional roof inspection a couple of times a year.

On top of that, wooden fascia boards need to be primed and painted every few years, which is different from the other types.

Aluminum

Aluminum costs more than wood to be bought and installed, but it’s more durable and less likely to attract mold and termites. As a result, aluminum fascia boards can last for up to 20 years more than wooden boards, which have a life expectancy of 10 years.

These features make aluminum worth the extra cost, especially considering that it also handles harsh weather conditions better than wood. Its only catch, besides its price, is that it comes in fewer patterns and colors than its counterpart. So it’s less likely to fit the aesthetic of the house.

Vinyl

Vinyl is between wood and aluminum in terms of price, and it’s often used alongside wooden fascias to boost their durability. Its low maintenance and water, rust, and rot resistance are its main selling points. 

However, it could be more aesthetically appealing than the other types.

To Wrap Up

Roof fascias are the horizontal boards that connect the roof’s edge and the soffits to the house walls. They’re most commonly made of aluminum, wood, and vinyl, with the former two being more common.

If you need help inspecting your roof fascias for damage, get in contact with us today!

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