The soffit and fascia are important style and structural elements of a roofline. The fascia is especially important to the style of your roofline because it is clearly visible. If you want to make your home exterior look cleaner, you should consider fixing and repainting your fascia boards. This article will explain how to reseal your fascia and soffit so they are completely waterproof. If you follow these steps, you will not need to repaint them for many years.
Some people notice the paint fading on their soffit and fascia boards, so they decide to simply pick up and paint brush and apply a fresh coat of paint. This is a great temporary solution, but it won't protect your roof in the long term. Before you repaint your fascia and soffit, you should reseal them by filling any holes with exterior wood putty and then priming the boards before you repaint them.
Fill the Holes
The first step is to fill the holes in your boards. Even small holes can allow water into the board, causing it to become swollen and structurally unsound. Fill the holes with with exterior wood putty. Make sure the putty is pressed firmly into the boards so it is fully sealed. Then sand down the patched area with a vibrating sander. With your finger, probe the patched area, making sure the dried putty is strong and that there are no holes or cavities in the wood.
Priming and Painting the Boards
Priming your soffit and fascia boards is of the utmost importance. Some people do not think that they have to prime the boards because they are on the exterior. In fact, exterior surfaces are more reliant on primer because it seals the wood and makes it weather resistant. A coat of paint will not protect wooden boards as well as primer does. The primer will also make it so the paint goes on and dries more evenly.
Primer takes longer to dry than normal paint does. It usually takes a full 24 hours in a dry environment. When the board is dry enough to paint, you will want to apply the first coat. For more strength and weather resistance, you should add a second coat.
In the end, your soffit and fascia boards will be sealed and protected from the weather, moisture, termites and other pests. Best of all, you will not need to repaint your boards for many years. For more tips, contact a company like Metalworks Canada Ltd.