One of the frequent roof related problems we see here in the Raleigh market is rotting fascia board and soffit. If the household has gutters, how can that still allow fascia in addition to soffit rot, you may ask? Lets see if we can variety this out.
One possibility is the gutter is filled with trash. This could prevent rain water to move or flow from the gutter to the downspout properly and efficiently. Water will over-flow the gutter, falling from both the front and the back side of the gutter. The simple solution is to monitor the gutters to get trash on a regular basis.
However , our problem is not related to garbage. It is related to a roofing or shingle problem. Specially, it is related the length of the roof shingles. We have found that a lot of fascia and soffit problems are due to shingles being badly installed at the eave. Simply put, the shingles are “short-laid”, meaning they do not extend past the fascia board far ample to allow the rain water to fall harmlessly into the gutter below. In some instances, the shingles extend only 1/2″ in the evening fascia board.
Unfortunately, too many roofs are improperly fitted. Since rain water subscribes to surface tension, the water doesn’t fall directly off the edge of the shingle. On ” light ” pitched roofs the rain water will move backward, when it comes to the fascia and soffit before it falls from shingle. In doing so , it falls behind the back divider of the gutter or even into the soffit and begins often the rotting process.
What is the solution? We can remove and replace the entire slope with the roof. That would be a profitable solution for the contractor, it is not necessarily economically feasible for most homeowners. The solution is to install a “custom” lightweight aluminum drip edge.
A custom drip edge is a creased / folded piece of metal. The top portion of the drip edge is frequently 2″-3″ high, while the bottom portion, below the fold is likewise about 2″-3″. The drip edge is notched as well as cut to accommodate the gutter hanger or spike.
Trickle edge can be installed on the fascia board and over the bed wall of the gutter. Once properly installed, the rain water falling off the shingles has no choice but to drop this into the gutter below efficiently solving the problem.
The cost of adding the “custom” drip edge is minuscule by comparison to help replacing a roof slope. Also, it is virtually undetectable from the ground.
The keys here are to have your gutters looked after as well as inspect the performance of the gutters during a bathe to determine if there is a problem. You can potentially save hundreds of cash in fascia and soffit replacement costs by working proactively.