Different Types of Roof Fascia, Their Advantages & Disadvantages

The word fascia is Latin in origin, and it refers to a band or strip of material; in architecture, fascia board refers to the band/strip that runs horizontally and covers the exposed ends of the roof rafters or trusses. Customarily, Roof Fascia is used in conjunction with soffit, which is the material that covers the undersides of the eaves running from the tops of the exterior walls to the outer edges of the Roof Trusses.

 

PURPOSES OF A ROOF FASCIA

 

[1] It is used to secure the gutters to the roof and keep them in place.

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[2] Blocks water from penetrating the roof deck and into the attic/home.

[3] Increases curb appeal by covering the open/rough ends of the rafters.

[4] Closes off unwanted access to the home by insects, birds, squirrels, etc.

 

TYPES OF ROOF FASCIA

 

[1] WOOD FASCIA

This is the traditional method of constructing roof fascia. It is constructed with timber and all the eaves projection on the building would covered with polished timber.

ADVANTAGES OF USING WOOD FASCIA
  • Easy to construct.
  • The price is affordable.
  • It requires little periodic maintenance.
  • It can be used for both low and high pith roof design.
  • It can be used for small and large buildings.
DISADVANTAGES OF USING WOOD FASCIA
  • It leaks if not well constructed.
  • Because it is not water-resistant, wood is subject to rot.
  • Must be primed and painted regularly to extend longevity.

 

[2] ALUMINIUM FASCIA

The edges of the building at times might be covered with Long span aluminum roof covering. This is done by introducing additional roof carcass to the edges of roof and wrapped it up with aluminum covering.

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ADVANTAGES OF USING ALUMINIUM FASCIA
  • Easy to construct.
  • The price is affordable.
  • It requires little periodic maintenance.
  • It can be used for both low and high pith roof design.
  • It can be used for small and large buildings.
DISADVANTAGES OF USING ALUMINIUM FASCIA
  • It leaks if not well constructed

 

[3] CONCRETE FASCIA

This is a precast concrete with a special mould build around the perimeter of the roof to serve as fascia or edges.

ADVANTAGES OF USING CONCRETE FASCIA
  • It is durable than other type of Roof Fascia.
  • It adds aesthetic to the building design.
  • The periodic maintenance cost is near to zero
DISADVANTAGES OF USING CONCRETE FASCIA
  • It is more expensive than other types.
  • It requires specialist works.
  • It is not economical when compared with cost of the small building
  • Works only for high pitch roofs.
[4] VINYL FASCIA

  • More accurately defined as polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Standard PVC includes plasticizers for added flexibility
  • Fastened to wood fascia to add appeal and increase lifespan
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