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Question DetailsAsked on 3/17/2017

i have gutters that are fallen along with fascia. How do I replace fascia and not gutter?

The home I'm speaking of is in Tennessee and I live in Illinois. There are trees around the house that drop debris on the roof and end up in the gutters. This has pulled the gutter and fascia down. I would like to repair the fascia w/o replacing the gutters because no one lives in the house year round to always clean them. How do I fix this?

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Remove any remaining gutter and hangers - including the downspouts. Then replace the fascia.

Couple of hints:

1) to preserve fascia, should be well primed and painted on the face and top and bottom edge and ends - but not the back (towards house) face except right at the bottom where the water might wick around the corner a bit - that way if it soaks up some water through flaws or cracks in the paint it can evaporate from the back face instead of being trapped in the paint and rotting. (Obviously, to paint the top you have to paint at least that before putting it up - usually easier to paint entirely while on the ground and then touch up the nails after it is up.

2) should have dripedge metal strip UNDER the ice and water shield and/or water barrier (whichever you have or both in some cases) so any water running under or wicking back under the edge of the shingles (assuming sloping shingled roof here) is caught on the dripedge and drops off onto the ground. Further protection for the fascia can be provided by metal fascia covers, which is factory painted metal trim totally covering the top (usually - not always on retrofit jobs), outside face and bottom of the fascia board - typically installed by gutter companies and some roofing companies.

3) note not having gutters means the roof runoff (and that can be pretty severe in that area during thunderstorms) will drop near the foundation - you need to be sure the ground there is well compacted and relatively water-shedding (not porous and permeable to water infiltration), and sloped at a good slope (at leat 2%, preferably more like 10%) away from the house for 3-6 feet (the further distance in porous/permeable soil) so the water does not get into/under the foundation - especially if you have a crawlspace or basement where wetness would cause problems, though water gaetting in under a slab-on-grade can also cause settlement and damp flooring and wall plates. Actually, I would recommend replacing the fascia and gutters to avoid water damage risk to the house from the runoff - then hire someone (or do yourself when down there) to clean the gutters probably annually or maybe twice annually - at least annually after the leaves are off the trees in the fall. And probably washing off the roof as well at least yearly so the debris don't cause premature roofing failure.

4) Actually, the debris in the gutter should not have pulled the gutters/fascia off unless you had decades worth of debris basically turned to dirt in there - so I suspect the fascia has rotted due to improper installation and/or lack of drip edge, and it just fell off or rotted away from the nails. The debris weight would not cause gutter failure if properly fastened to intact wood. I would not be surprised if you find the fascia basically rotted away due to frequent water contact - and the ends of the rafters might well be rotted too in that case, so I would do a thorough inspection of the rafters and overlying roof sheathing before starting a fix - you may have more to repair than you thought. Hope not, but happens.

5) you could always replace fascia and gutters and then put a debris guard over the gutters - not that I have ever seen a brand that diverts the debris but still lets the water into the gutter reliably, but some people swear by them instead of at them. In my experience they will trap the debris and promote roof edge rot and icing and sometimes fascia rot, and/or divert much of the water over the top of the gutter as well - and they still need cleaning frequently regardless.

Because you do not know the extent of damage, I would contact a Roofing company that does fascia replacements and roof framing repairs too - that way you will have the right type of contractor on board in case some roof framing and/or sheathing repair is needed as well. And Gutter contractor of course if going with new gutters - after any roofing/rafter repair is done and the fascia has been replaced.

BTW - here is a previous question about how to mount gutters properly to protect gthe fascia - faillure to do this right may have been the cause of your issue -

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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