How To Fix Your Gutter And Fascia Board

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Are you going to replace your gutters? If so, the job is a little more complicated than your might think. You can just take down your old gutters and screw a new gutter in place. Usually, when you pull off your old gutter you will immediately realize that some extra work needs to be done. Most importantly, you often need to reinforce, repair, or at least repaint the fascia board before you can replace the gutter. This article shows how to fix the most common issues with old fascia board when it comes to gutter replacement.

Once Your Old Gutter is Removed

Once you have removed your old gutter, and the mounting brackets, you need to take a close look at the state of the fascia board. First of all, you will notice that the paint is uneven. The part of the fascia that was in the shade of the gutter will look different. So, even if you don't have to make any structural repairs (which is rare) you will probably need to repaint your fascia before installing a new gutter. Since every gutter system has a slightly different profile, you don't want to have visibly mismatched paint on your fascia.

Patching Holes

At the very least, you will need to patch some small holes in your fascia before installing the new gutter. Most importantly, patch the holes from the previous mounting screws. Once you patch the holes, you will need to repaint the fascia. It is a good idea to repaint the entire board, not just the patched parts. And if you are repainting your entire fascia, you should also prime it. Priming will add a vital layer of protection to your wood.

Do You Need to Replace Your Board Completely?

You might need to replace your board completely if it is not in good shape. The fascia needs to be able to support the weight of the gutter. So, if the wood is rotted, warped, or swollen, you should just replace the entire board. Trying to just patch and repaint the damaged areas is going to be more time consuming and expensive. You can also paint and prime the new fascia boards on the ground, instead of on top of a ladder. This makes the job much quicker and easier.

Replacing your gutter is an easy job, but only if your fascia is in good condition. So make sure you take this into account before starting the project.

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