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Fascia Boards: Wood, Composite, Or Vinyl?

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The fascia board is perhaps one of the most important style elements on the outside of your home. It is a key visual style line that is extremely noticeable. But, the fascia board also has an important structural job. If the fascia is not structurally sound, the overhang on your roof might sag. So, you need to mindful of this when it comes to choosing the best material for the fascia on your new home. This article explains the drawbacks and advantages of three of the most popular fascia materials used during a roofing installation through companies like Jerry's Roofing: wood, composite wood, and vinyl.

Real Wood Fascia

Real wood fascia is undeniably the most stylish. Most homeowners will be attracted to the natural look of real wood. If the majority of your home exterior is made out wood, you will probably want real wood fascia boards too. This is especially true when it comes to the trim around your doors and windows. They look best when the match with your roofline. One huge perk of having a wooden fascia board is that you can repaint it very easily.

While real wood is the most stylish fascia option, it is also the most demanding to maintain. It is susceptible to water damage and sun fading. Basically, you need to always make sure that your wood is sealed to protect it from the elements.

Composite Wood Fascia

Composite wood is a good compromise if you want real wood, but don't want to deal with the maintenance. Most composite wood products have a composite core with a laminated cap. This cap is waterproof and pretty much fade-proof. It also has convincing wood prints that make it look like real wood. You can find the most popular species and stains, so it shouldn't be hard finding a product to fit your style. That being said, it is not advisable to paint composite wood, meaning you can't really change the color over the years.

Vinyl Fascia

Vinyl fascia board is most often used on homes with vinyl siding. However, it can also be used on homes with any type of wall. That is, homeowners like vinyl fascia because it is the cheapest and lowest maintenance option. Vinyl has a subtle matte finish that enables it to blend in with other types of sidewalls, not just vinyl.

All three of these options can look great. Just make sure you are able to handle the maintenance if you choose wooden fascia.