The roofline, specifically the fascia board, is very important comes to the style and structural integrity of your roof. If you leave the boards untreated, they can get warped and faded. This will make your roof, and entire home, look older than it actually is. Also, if you have a gutter attached to your fascia board, it might not be very secure, especially when it fills up with water. This article explains how to repair and patch the fascia board so it will stand up to the normal moisture and exposure to the elements.

Finding Weak Spots

First, you want to identify weak spots on your fascia board. Sometimes, even if the paint looks fine, there could be rotting underneath. It is very common for water to soak into the fascia from the top edge. This means it can waterlog and warp the wood without even affecting the visible paint. This is why it is important to get up on the ladder and check your fascia. You might need to use a small screwdriver or a similar device to tap the fascia. If it sounds or feels rotten, you should mark it so you can fix it later.

Patching the Wood

Patching fascia boards requires exterior hardwood putty. This can be sticky and a little difficult to work with. However, it is the only solution if you want a patch that will stand up to the elements. But, before you even apply any patch, you need to prepare the area. You need to lightly sand any holes. If there are any loose wood grains or chipping paint, you want to remove them. Basically, you want to make the surface around the hole or dent you are working on is as uniformly smooth as possible.

When applying the patch, be very liberal. It does not matter if the patch sticks out further than the wood at first, because you will come back later and sand it down. In fact, if you are trying to fill larger holes, you might need to apply several coats of patch, allowing it to dry completely between each coat.

To speed up the sanding, after the patch is completely dry, you want to use a power sander. Then, you need to prime the wood and the patched areas. If they are not primed, the paint will absorb differently and leave behind an uneven finish.

You don't need to be an expert to patch your fascia board, but you do need to handle the physical nature of work, especially since it requires working from on top of the a ladder.

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