Simply put, fascia is the exterior surface of a home. The exterior face of a home is the exterior side and face of the home, which includes the roof, siding, windows and doors. When we refer to Fascia as Exterior Residence we are actually referring to the exterior surface or exterior walls of a home. When the exterior walls of a home starts rotting from water damage, what needs to be addressed is a Home Fascia Repair.
The Fascia is made up of a combination of wood and steel that is placed on top of the exterior walls of a home. The wood or steel trims are known as beams while the iron gutters are known as spouts. Most Fascia trims are attached to the exterior walls using steel ties, but in some cases nails are used. The reason for using nails or steel ties is because it is less likely for the fascia to separate from the underlying surface of the wood or steel. This separation will occur at a later time when the wood or steel begins rotting from water damage. In the worst case scenario, the wood or steel will separate from the house.
Fascia Trim Basics
Fascia consists of two components; the first is the Deck surface and the second is the fascia boards that run vertically down the exterior walls. The Deck surface is made up of strips of wood or metal that run the full width of the exterior wall. These strips are then fastened together at one end using a method known as tongue-and-groove construction. The Deck surface is then finished with paint and grout. The second component of the fascia board is the Fascia Board that runs along the length of the Deck surface.
The picture frame border is the portion of the home exterior that runs along the length of the deck. When viewed from any angle, the fascia trim forms an invisible picture frame on the exterior of the home. This picture frame border can also be used to add aesthetic appeal to the home exterior. Traditionally, pictures were framed by adding a wooden picture frame to the exterior of the home. Today, wood is still commonly used to frame a picture. The wood that is used to frame a picture typically comes from one of two sources – hardwood or softwood.
Rim Joist Design
One method that is often used to accentuate the appearance of the home fascia is to add a rim joist to the top of the exterior walls. Rim joist designs are traditionally made using flat wooden boards. Over the years, the flat boards have been gradually curved to accommodate various shapes and sizes of windows and door frames. Rim joist designs can be made using one or a combination of these materials.
When the exterior fascia trim is curved, it becomes necessary to cut out sections of the fascia board. These cuts are typically referred to as end cuts. End cuts provide an opportunity for the homeowner to straighten the board before applying it to the house. This allows the end of the fascia board to match the shape of the rest of the fascia.