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How To Replace Fascia Board In Easy Steps

Posted on : April 20, 2024

How To Replace Fascia Board In Easy Steps

Are your home's fascia boards worn out and needing to be replaced? Replacing fascia boards is a great way to give your home's exterior a fresh, updated look. 

At McClellands Contracting and Roofing, we are here with this guide that covers everything you need to know about fascia board replacement, including how to replace fascia boards yourself, typical fascia board replacement costs, and when to hire fascia board replacement contractors. 

Tools and Materials You Need To Replace Fascia Boards

  1. New fascia boards (wood, vinyl, aluminum, or composite)
  2. Pry bar
  3. Hammer
  4. Utility knife
  5. Circular saw, or miter saw
  6. 2-inch exterior wood screws or nails
  7. Caulk and caulk gun
  8. Ladder
  9. A helper (for safety)

7 Easy Steps To Replace Fascia Boards

Step 1: Inspect and Measure

First, inspect the existing fascia thoroughly to determine how much needs to be replaced. Look for any rotted, split, warped, or damaged sections. Use a pry bar to test questionable areas—if the wood is solid, the pry bar won't go through. 

Once you know what sections need to be replaced, carefully measure those areas to determine the length of the new fascia boards you'll need to purchase. To measure fascia, start using a tape measure to determine the exact overall measurements, including the width, length, and thickness of each board. Measure the width from the bottom to the top of the board. For the size, measure across the front of the board. For the thickness, measure the ends of the board, but do not include the return lip or leg. 

Step 2: Purchase New Materials

When purchasing fascia boards, consider factors like durability, maintenance needs, aesthetics, and your budget. Fascia boards are available in various options, including wood, composite, vinyl, and aluminum. 

Wood offers a natural look and durability, while composite materials are low maintenance and resistant to decay. Vinyl is known for weather resistance, affordability, and easy installation, and aluminum is lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and flexible, and is often used to protect wooden fascia boards. Choose the material that best suits your needs and preferences.

Step 3: Remove the Old Fascia 

To remove old damaged fascia boards, use a pry bar and hammer to gently pop them off in short sections, being careful not to damage the roof shingles or gutters. If needed, cut the fascia boards into smaller pieces for easier removal. If any wood backing is rotted, it may also need to be replaced. 

Bonus Tip: Working Behind Gutters

On roofs where the existing gutters cover the fascia boards, you'll need to detach them temporarily to access the fascia. Have a helper support the gutters while you remove them. When removing old gutters, use a pry bar to tug them back gently to avoid further damaging the fascia. After removing old gutters, check for any damage and make repairs before reinstalling them. Reattach the gutter system after replacing that section of the fascia.

Step 4: Cut New Boards

Work with a partner during this step to ensure you are making the right cuts and measurements. For a complete fascia board replacement, start by measuring the length from the first rafter to the last one. However, if you are only replacing one section, simply measure that area instead of the entire length. 

Double-check your measurements before making any cuts to the new boards. When cutting the fascia board, use a circular or miter saw for more precise cuts, especially for corners where two sections will meet. 

Step 5: Install the New Fascia

Start at one end and install the new fascia boards by nailing or screwing them into the rafters. Use 2-inch exterior wood screws or nails every 12 inches or so, and follow any manufacturer’s guidelines if available. Make sure the boards fit tightly together at corners and joints. Seal any seams with an exterior-grade caulk to prevent water intrusion.

Step 6: Cap the Ends

Install fascia board caps or covers on the ends of each board for a clean, finished look. These caps fit over the end cuts and protect against moisture. Secure the caps with caulk and nails or screws.  

Step 7: Paint or Finish

Once the new fascia is up, the last step is to apply paint or an exterior finish coat to match the rest of your trim. This protective layer will prolong the life of the new wood, vinyl, or composite boards.

There you have it - brand new fascia boards installed! This update can make a big difference in your home's curb appeal. Just be sure to use proper safety equipment like ladders and fall protection. Having an extra set of hands to help also makes this project easier. With some time and effort, you can get professional-looking results.

Also Read: 12 Soffit And Fascia Mistakes That Might Be Damaging Your Home

How Much Does Fascia Board Replacement Cost?

Replacing fascia boards yourself generally only includes the price of materials like new wood boards, plus any tools you may need. Expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $20 per linear foot for new fascia boards depending on the type you choose, with wood costing less than composite.

For a professional fascia board replacement, prices average $6 to $25 per linear foot installed, depending on the board type, your home size, and location. Most full fascia replacements range from $1,000 to $5,000.

When to Hire Fascia Board Replacement Contractors

While fascia replacement can be a great DIY project for skilled homeowners, there are times when it's best to hire fascia board replacement contractors:

  • Multi-story or steeply pitched roofs requiring extra safety equipment
  • Total fascia, gutter, and soffit replacements requiring scaffolding and more labor
  • Rotten wood framing that needs to be rebuilt or replaced
  • Gutters that are difficult to remove temporarily

Top-rated fascia board replacement contractors have the experience to handle complex projects efficiently and safely. For larger fascia board replacement jobs, it’s usually best to hire a professional. Get multiple quotes from experts in your area to compare prices and find the best fit for your needs. 

Call Us For Fascia Board Replacement Services

At McClellands Contracting and Roofing, our experienced team of professionals has years of experience in the roofing industry, making us a reliable choice for your roofing needs in Pittsburgh, PA. We specialize in high-quality home exterior services, using premium materials for our residential clients in Alleghany, Washington, Beaver, and Butler County, PA. 

We're here to help you replace the fascia boards on your home. Feel free to call us at (412) 353-5660 today to schedule a consultation with our roofing experts. 

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