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Aluminum or Vinyl for Fascia Boards?

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.

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Molds and Spore Invasion: Fight them off!

Maintenance of your gutter system is simple, as long as there’s regular cleaning and checks for anything wrong. Flushing debris and scooping up debris may look like it’s done, but there’s another spoiler that gradually becomes hazardous if left undealt. Molds and spores might look like harmless stains in the outside of your home, but it can be a major culprit in terms of safety.

Molds are fungi that can be found both inside and outside the house. They grow anywhere – in warm, damp and humid conditions. In the gutter system, for example, the debris and leaves that it collects gradually decay and disintegrate. Molds help to break them down and recycle these to the environment. The multiply through spores, which are spread by insects, air and water. They’re like seeds – they grow in the proper conditions. An example of a perfect home for molds is your bathroom, kitchen sink, water pipes, and gutters.

How would you know if there are molds in your house? Simple. A simple discoloration of your walls, sometimes a greenish tint, is an example of the existence of molds. Though it’ll make your house look like it’s naturally “aged” by nature, these molds must be taken seriously not only in your gutter system but in your house as well. Why? Mold exposure can be hazardous with some people, allergic reactions may occur if they are sensitive to molds and spores. It can cause congestion in breathing, asthma, cough, skin irritation and headache, just to name a few.

In your gutter system, there’s a lot of causes for mold growth. Trees and plants too close to the house blocks sunlight, which is a perfect breeding place for them to grow. Not cleaning clogged gutters right away will be a major factor, as moisture stays on the gutter along with the leaves and other debris – instant mold haven from there.

How can this be prevented? Simple. Regular gutter cleaning should be done, and regular checks for any clogs, leaks or any damaged parts. As molds can also grow on pipes, downspouts need to be checked as well. When cleaning gutters, always have a scrub brush to scrape off any mold that’s starting to grow. A liquid bleach is extremely helpful in mold removal too. Just make sure to wear a face mask to prevent inhalation of molds and spores. If the gutter is painted, a sealant should be applied too to prevent any accumulation of mold. A good gutter cover can also help in preventing these, but check them as well. Consider having your house painted too with mildew-resistant paint.

Having these done will keep not only your gutter system safe, but also the other parts of your house.