If your roof has a fascia board, you need to constantly do your part to maintain it. This board is not only an important visual line, it is also structurally key to your roof strength. The main problem is that the fascia, since it is exposed to so much sun and moisture, tends to fade and wear down over the years. You need to do your part to make sure the wood is sealed and protected from the elements. This article explains how to repair holes in your wooden fascia board.
The key to maintaining your fascia board is always keeping it sealed. If holes start to form, due to warping, termites, or water damage, you want to fix them as soon as possible. Exterior wood putty is the most effective and convenient product for this job. You can spread it on the wood and put it into small holes with just your finger. However, if you have large holes, you will need a putty knife. It's okay if your patch is not perfectly flat at first. In fact, it is better to overfill it and then send it down to make it flat after it dries.
Sanding the Patch
This job is much easier if you use a power sander. Once the patch is dry and sanded, you should prime it. You only need to prime the areas that you patched. However, it is usually easier to paint the entire fascia board, rather than just the patched areas. Even if you are painting your fascia the exact same color that it was before, it probably won't match because the existing paint will have faded over the years. You also need to use exterior paint, which is thicker and glossier than most interior paints. Applying multiple coats will add some extra layers of protection to your wood.
The actual work is very simple, except for the fact that needs to be done while you are on top of a ladder. If you have a scaffolding system, this can make it a lot easier. It allows you to work on the fascia without being directly under it. It is altogether easier on your body and more convenient if you have the scaffolding system that you can rent, buy or borrow.
If you keep up your fascia board, your roofline will look fresh and sharp. If you leave it alone for too long, sagging and fading are likely to occur. Contact a company like Wayne Siding & Home Improvements to learn more.