Replacing Wooden Fascia Boards

How to replace Wooden Fascia Boards

Replacing wooden fascia boards

Fascia boards are 2×8 or 2×6 long wooden boards that run horizontally on the edge of the roof, typically behind the gutters on a home. Fascia’s are one of the most typical sites for rot on a house; they are of particular importance as they link to the roof truss and offer a mount for the gutters. 

They are especially susceptible to water intrusion because they are located directly beneath the roofline. In a lot of situations, once the fascia boards are damp, they will begin to rot quickly. A degraded fascia might end up being the source of additional roof issues, therefore it’s critical to replace them once they are deteriorated.

Fascia boards can be made from a variety of woods, including Spruce, Pine, Fir, Cedar, Cypress, or Redwoods. However, given the risk of rot and if your budget allows it, you might be better off going with Cedar, Cypress, or Redwoods, as their properties are much better for use as a Fascia Board and better resist moisture, even if you don’t paint them. Fascia’s can also be manufactured from composite wood products, which are more resistant to water and moisture than solid wood.

Wooden fascia boards should generally be painted with an external acrylic coating that is long-lasting, self-priming, and mildew resistant; you want something that will last a little longer than standard exterior paint.   Although non-wood products such as various types of plastic and PVC can be used to make fascia boards, they perform admirably, but this is a woodworking website, therefore I’m mostly concerned with wood and wood products.

Roof leaks, gutter clogs, and a problematic roof design are just a few of the ways your fascia boards can be damaged. If your fascia boards get wet too often, mould, fungus, and algae can grow and damage them. Fascia’s can also crack as a result of repeated temperature changes and ageing. Even nail sized holes in your fascia should be sealed up.

If the afflicted region spans two rafters and can be safely re-secured, you may be able to repair a part of your fascia rather than replacing the entire board by cutting away the affected area. If the board has two points of contact with the rafters, it should be able to support your gutters as well. A fascia board that shows signs of ageing, such as bowing and cracking, should be completely replaced, even if portion of it appears to be salvageable, as it may fail shortly.

When replacing Fascia Boards, make sure to keep yourself safe.

Replacing fascia boards is a difficult chore for the ordinary homeowner; you’re working at a height that could result in significant injury if you fall. As a result, I recommend that you leave your extension and step ladders in the shed and either hire or buy a safe method of access to the required height.    

You must be able to have both your hands free to use with both feet planted securely on a level surface to do it safely. Consider hiring or purchasing pre-made scaffolds from your local hardware shop, or rent specific height platform ladders.

Here is a Step-by-Step Guide to Remove and Replace Old Wooden Fascia Boards on the exterior of your home.

Maintaining the outside of your home is essential if you want to make sure it lasts a long time and has kerb appeal.

An essential part of this upkeep is removing and replacing old wooden fascia boards.

Over the remainder of this article, we’ll go through the process, look at what safety gear you will need and go over the required tools, and give you an idea of the approximate costs.

Step 1: Assess the Condition.

Before starting the removal process, carefully inspect the fascia boards to ascertain their condition. Look for evidence of damage, rot, or insect infestation. Instead of attempting repairs, it might be necessary to replace the entire length of the boards if they have severely deteriorated.

Step 2: Gather everything you will need.

The necessary instruments for this project are as follows:

1. You need to put on a dust mask, gloves, and safety glasses.

2. To maintain stability and safety when working at heights, use a ladder or scaffolding.

3. Hammer: Used to remove nails.

4. Pry bar: used to loosen and remove fascia boards.

5. Cut the new fascia boards to size with a handsaw or circular saw.

6. Measuring tape: For precise measurements.

7. Nails or screws to secure the newly installed fascia boards.

8. Stain or Paint: To achieve the desired finish

Step 3: Safety Precautions.

Put your own safety first before starting any work:

1. Put on safety gear to shield yourself from dust and debris.

2. Verify the stability and security of the scaffolding or ladder.

3. If at all possible, collaborate with a partner, particularly when working at heights or with a ladder.

4. Pay attention to any potential hazards, such as electrical wires, in the vicinity.

Step 4: Removing the Old Fascia Boards.

Here are some steps to remove of the old fascia boards:

1. Using the pry bar, start at one end and gradually pry the fascia board from the rafters.

2. Pry the board away from the rafters as you work your way down its length, taking out any nails in the process.

3. After the board is fully detached, carefully lower it from the ladder or scaffolding.

4. Examine the underlying structure for any rot or damage that may need to be repaired before putting the new boards in place.

Step 5: Installing the New Fascia Boards

It’s time to install the new fascia boards after removing the old ones:

1. Determine the length of the new fascia board by measuring and cutting it.

2. To guarantee a stable and uniform installation, screw or nail the new board to the rafters.

3. Continue the process the entire length, making sure that every board is level and positioned correctly.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Once all of the new fascia boards are in place, it’s time to finish them off:

1. Sand any visible nail or screw holes smooth with wood putty.

2. Paint or stain the wood to protect it from the elements and to match the overall look of your home.

What are the average costs?

The costs of removing and replacing old wooden fascia boards can vary depending on factors such as the size of your home, the extent of the damage, and the type of materials used.

On average, homeowners can expect to spend between $1,500 and $6,500 for this project. It all comes down to whether you do the work yourself; get contractors to do it for you and whether you are replacing on some of the fascias or the whole lot.

It’s always recommended to obtain multiple quotes from reputable contractors to ensure you get the best value for your investment.


Removing and replacing old wooden fascia boards is a necessary task for maintaining your home’s exterior. You can successfully complete this project by following the step-by-step guide, prioritising safety precautions, and using the proper tools.

Remember to inspect the fascia boards, gather the necessary tools, and factor in the average costs. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with this task, it is best to seek the advice of a professional contractor who can ensure the job is completed correctly and efficiently.

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