How Much Do Fascia Boards Cost?
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Fascia boards are the faces between your gutters and your siding. All fascia materials help secure your gutters. Essentially, in addition to an updated design, fascias hold your gutters in place during a big storm. However, there will come a time when your fascia boards will have to be replaced.
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Table of Contents
- Fascia Board Material Prices
- What Is Fascia Board?
- Fascia Materials & Their Costs
- Wood Fascia Board
- Aluminum Fascia Boards
- Vinyl Fascia Boards
- Composite Fascia Boards
- Fascia Board Repair Cost
- How To Install Fascia Boards
- Find A Gutter Contractor
Fascia Board Material Prices
Fascia board materials are generally inexpensive, however, you can expect the cost to rise if you hire a gutter or roofing professional to install the boards. Your fascia board material price will largely depend on the type you choose. We will get into specific fascia board material costs below, but we have seen fascia material prices range from $1 to $20 per linear foot.
- Minimum Fascia Material Cost: $1 per linear foot
- Maximum Fascia Material Cost: $20 per linear foot
If you hire a pro, labor expenses will vary from one company to the next, but homeowners can expect to pay as much as $590 for 10 hours of work. Other job-related costs for tasks such as sanding and finishing can be anywhere from $60 to $90.
What Is Fascia Board?
Fascia boards are usually the long boards that run along the lower, outer edge of the roof. They are the strips situated at the point where the roof meets the outer wall of the house to cover the ends of the roofline. They hold up your gutters and are connected to your soffits, or the part below your gutters.
The primary use of all fascia boards is to help secure the roof’s gutter. Fascia boards can also help increase the aesthetic value of the home. They come in various materials and designs that help make a home look more visually appealing. Fascia boards are primary made of wood, aluminum, vinyl or composite. While they do last a long time, they occasionally need repairs, maintenance or even, 100% replacement.
Fascia Materials & Their Costs
Like many home elements, you have options when it comes to fascia boards. Ideally, you could make fascia boards out of anything, but the four primary fascia board materials and their prices are below:
Minimum Cost Per Linear Foot
Maximum Cost Per Linear Foot
Wood Fascia Boards
Composite Fascia Boards
Wood Fascia Boards
Wood is the most common material used to make fascia. Typically, wood fascia boards are made of spruce, pine or fir. However, cedar fascia boards (same wood for decks) are gaining steam. For an accurate comparison, you must evaluate the pros and cons of woof fascias.
Advantages of Wood Fascia Boards
As you saw in the table above, wood fascia is the most affordable option. In addition, most homeowners agree that it’s also the most beautiful and versatile option. In fact, if you want to maintain a rustic exterior, cedar is the perfect house fascia board material. Cedar is water resistant and becomes even more resilient when it’s either stained or painted.
Disadvantages of Wood Fascia Boards
While the wood fascia board installation cost is low, the ongoing maintenance and repair costs are not. Wood fascias must be primed and painted to ensure durability.
In fact, it must be repainted regularly to look its best.
Furthermore, since fascia boards protect your gutters and keep the elements out of the home, repairs are not a choice. Unlike a scratch on the wall, you can’t afford to keep damaged fascia boards on your home. If you do, mold, algae, termites and rain could enter the home. If you put off repairs, you may need to reface your wood fascia boards with vinyl or aluminum.
Aluminum Fascia Boards
Many people use aluminum fascias because they’re a quick and convenient upgrade from traditional wood fascias. While they do cost more, they tend to last longer than any other material. As you might expect, all aluminum fascia board materials come with a few pros and cons.
Advantages of Aluminum Fascia Boards
Aluminum fascias are very versatile and are often used with wooden fascia boards to weatherproof the wood, so it’s less likely to deteriorate. Professional gutter contractors can bend the material so it can wrap around the wood fascia.
In terms of design, many homeowners prefer aluminum to vinyl because it completely covers the fascia. Luckily, aluminum fascia boards are lightweight, easy to cut and easy to install. They are very low maintenance and are as durable as any other fascia board material. They come in a wide array of colors to match your existing exterior design. Luckily, aluminum house fascias are easy to paint, which is not the case with all fascia board materials.
Disadvantages of Aluminum Fascia Boards
To no surprise, the biggest drawback of aluminum fascia boards is the cost. They’re more expensive to install than any other material. Just remember, you make up for it with lower maintenance costs.
While they are durable, dents and scratches do happen. Furthermore, steel nails may react with the aluminum, causing rot. As we said above, fascia board repairs are not a choice. You must fix the issue ASAP.
Finally, while thinner aluminum is cheaper, it may ripple or dent easier than thicker materials. If you’re already paying more for your fascia boards, you might as well purchase thicker aluminum.
Vinyl Fascia Boards
If you’re looking to install your fascia boards on your own, vinyl could be your answer. Vinyl is widely accepted under building code standards across the country and is quite popular for soffits as well.
Advantages of Vinyl Fascia Boards
Vinyl is prominent because of its durability, ease of installation and variety of colors available. Vinyl fascia materials come with less maintenance than wood, reducing your long-term vinyl fascia costs. For example, if the color fades, all you need is a good spray and wipe down. However, if repairs are needed, they are cheaper than wood or aluminum repairs.
Finally, in terms of installation, vinyl fascia materials come in a DIY kit readily available in most hardware stores.
Disadvantages of Vinyl Fascia Boards
Unlike the other fascia materials, vinyl will drastically expand and contract as the seasons change. To make up for that, you have to use J and F channel components for installation.
Like vinyl siding, vinyl fascia boards need a very tight seal to prevent water from seeping through. The moisture will seep inside the house and spread the damage. If that occurs, you may need to repair part of your roof.
Finally, your vinyl fascia boards could fade from extensive sun exposure. You do not have to worry about this with any other fascia board material. However, if this occurs, gutter pros will have to add a sealant to slow down the fading.
Composite Fascia Boards
Composite lumber is made from a mix of recycled wood chips, plastic and sawdust that is bound together with epoxy resin. While not as popular, this material can be used to make fascia boards. Of course, you may want to know a few pros and cons before installing composite fascia boards.
Advantages of Composite Fascia Boards
Composite is an environmentally friendly option that has many benefits such as being rot-resistant, colorfast and less likely to decay. You can cut, nail, screw and install the boards like conventional wood fascia boards. Finally, its long-lasting durability makes it a reasonable choice.
Disadvantages of Composite Fascia Boards
Since composite decks last long and do not require much maintenance, it’s no surprise their material price can exceed wood or vinyl. But, if a heavy storm hits and your composite boards get scratched or damaged, repairs are not as easy as wood or vinyl. Sadly, you can’t refinish composite fascias (unlike wood).
Lastly, unlike wood or vinyl, you do not have many options when it comes to repainting your composite fascia boards. Sadly, most paints do not apply and hold to composites. Therefore, the color you originally choose, or the color your fascia fades into, is likely the only composite color you’ll get.
Fascia Board Repair Cost
Your fascia board repair cost will largely depend on the extent of the damage. As we already mentioned, some repairs extend to the roof, attic and other areas inside the home. When this happens, it will surely drive up your fascia board repair cost.
As such, we have seen certain fascia repairs cost upwards of a few thousand dollars when it involves the roof, mold or the attic. However, more often than not, the repair cost will not exceed $300 if the damage is contained to the fascia and soffits. In fact, the average cost to replace soffits ranges between $18 and $30 per linear foot.
How To Install Fascia Boards
Installing fascia boards is a relatively easy job. The complexity of it revolves around removing existing fascia as to not damage the roof, soffits or other surrounding areas. Therefore, we recommend hiring a pro to remove damaged fascias if you’re DIYing the installation.
Since aluminum is the easiest fascia board material to install, we’ll share aluminum installation tips. Luckily, other materials follow the same guidelines with a few differences here and there.
- Measure flashing, cut to length and nail along the bottom edge of the hip roof.
- Cut the gable fascia to the correct length.
- Hold the fascia along the angle of the gable so it slightly overhangs at the bottom front corner, and mark the overhanging section with a pen.
- Notch the bottom front corner of the fascia board and wrap it over the bottom end of the roof truss.
- Bend the overhanging angled section of the fascia over the front of the roof truss, and then slide it beneath the flashing.
- Nail the fascia in place, starting from the bottom, with a nail every 36”.
- Measure the front fascia and cut to the correct length.
- Slide the fascia board underneath the flashing.
- Nail the corners from the bottom, making sure to secure the front fascia to the side fascia.
To see how the pros do it, please watch the video below or see how to install wood fascia boards here.
Find A Gutter Contractor
You have plenty of options when it comes to your new or updated fascia boards. All four materials bring about different costs, benefits and drawbacks. Once you decide which fascia material is right for your home, gfca.us can connect you with local gutter professionals ready to tackle your fascia project.
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Last updated on Apr 28, 2017