Though considered as optional, fascia boards are important parts of a gutter system. It somehows acts as a “backbone” for gutters, giving them strong support. Most of the time, a fascia board on a house is typically made of wood which is usually made of pine then gets primed and painted. This prolongs the board’s life span, therefore a good attachment for the gutters to be put on. However, no matter how strong wooden fascia boards are, they’re still susceptible to decay and gets weaker over time.
Companies have tried alternatives to wooden fascia boards. Some of the varieties include vinyls and aluminum fascia boards. There are even types of wooden fascia boards which are coated with plastic, then gets primed and painted. But with the first two alternatives, which seems to perform better and is more durable?
Vinyl. It’s a very popular choice for homeowners especially if they are looking for the ones that don’t need any painting. They are affordable and lasts for a long time. Instead of repainting vinyls after a while, all they need is regular spray washing and will be good as new. In terms of colors, they are baked into the vinyls. The colors last and stay true for a long time and will not make any scratches very visible. Amidst the advantages that vinyl fascias have, there are misconceptions and some people rely too much on what others say about vinyls: they are durable and inexpensive. This isn’t always the case.
Vinyl fascia boards tend to trap moisture, making it a perfect breeding ground for mildew, and certain insects. The moisture will also seep through inside the house thus will spread the damage. When colors fade or change over time, vinyl fascia boards can be an issue in in terms of “matching” a new one’s color to the existing attachments. This usually forces the homeowner to change the whole vinyl fascia set up.
Aluminum. It’s also a popular choice for homeowners too. It really is durable and can even last as long as 40 years. Most of homeowners prefer to make repairs or changes to the exterior of their house down to a minimum, as that will mean savings. Though it never is painted at the time of purchase, a homeowner has the liberty of changing the color of their aluminum fascia as much as they want. They also act as a good insulator too. The issues one can encounter with aluminum fascia boards are corrosion, dents and bent parts. If left untreated, a corroded fascia will weaken and may make the gutter sag. Cleaning is also easy with aluminum fascia, you can just use a sprayer, and the mix of water and detergent.
Installing aluminum fascia is easy, and won’t require professional help as long as the homeowner have the right tools. Replacing a certain part of it won’t be hard compared to vinyls – you can change any part without having to worry about replacing a large part of it.
No matter what can be the pros and cons between these two types of fascia, it’s still up to the homeowner’s preference. Take your pick.