How Poor Gutter Installation Can Lead To Major Home Repairs

Rotting fascia board behind gutter One of the most common problems we see is that the fascia on a house is rotted out. This can be a serious issue and in most cases the homeowner is not even aware of the problem.

We may get called by a new customer who says they need new gutters. They often think the problem is that the gutter is leaking. But often times, the problem is not with the gutter, it’s the that there’s a gap between the gutter and the fascia board and that’s the source of the dripping water.

This can happen when rain gutters are not installed properly. When gutters are installed it’s important that they fit under the drip edge flashing of the roof so that rain water falls directly into the gutter. It takes more time and attention to detail to install rain gutter systems this way and, unfortunately, some unscrupulous gutter companies may cut corners in order to give a low price to get the job.

The Cause of Rotting Fascia Board

Fascia board rots because water has gotten between the roof sheathing and the fascia and rotted out the rafter tails, which is where the fascia is secured. The nails are not able to hold the fascia in place due to the wood rot so the fascia material is pulled away. This will only get worse with time if the board and rafter tails are not repaired.

Why Fascia Is Important

Rotted fascia on side of a houseThe purpose of fascia is to lift the edge of the plywood sheathing and give it support. This prevents the sheathing from bowing or drooping and allowing water to seep between the sheathing and the fascia. If this happens then the rafter tails rot and this can even lead to further damage to the interior of the building.

The sheathing and fascia work together to provide support to the eaves, which is the part of the roof that meets and often hangs over the wall and extends past the building.  The main purpose of the eaves is to keep rain water off of the exterior walls of a building and to prevent water from seeping into the structure at the point where the wall meets the roof.

The eaves extend out away from the structure so they also provide a covering for the walkway next to the building.  Wood rotted fascia on a houseThey also keep water away from the foundation so as to prevent erosion.

So the moral of the story is when you have gutters installed, double check to make sure they’re put in properly. And if you get a price that sounds very low, as the old saying goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!”

 

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23114 Newgate Dr.
Spring, TX 77373
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