Gutter and soffit repair: what would you do?


Old 08-15-19, 01:30 PM
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Gutter and soffit repair: what would you do?

Hi all,

I'm asking a question I probably already know the answer to, but, just in case...

So I ripped off the guttering and some of the soffit boards on my house, water damage sparked the task.

There is a long board on one section, with a section missing, as per the photo.

I'm actually going to face the fascia with vinyl or aluminum for a maintenance free finish - the question is, would you remove and replace this long board, or leave it since it will be covered over?

Thanks in advance!!

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Old 08-15-19, 01:36 PM
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You need wood behind the aluminum fascia board. If that board is solid, I'd leave it, if it's bad/soft - replace it.
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Well...... for a semi-maintenance free covering.

If you're planning on reinstalling gutters..... that wood needs to be intact and solid.
It's got a chunk out of it..... replace it.
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Yeah, I wondered if anyone would say that the aluminum would be covering it up, so why change it - but my own "best to over engineer" attitude screams at me to change it, or at least the damaged part.

And of course the gutters need a solid fixing.

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It wouldn't bother me to cover it as long as it would stay dry but the problem is your metal drip edge is not the right type to flash a gutter very well. You have 5" d-style drip edge which (in my area) is only used on gable ends because it's only about 1" long. You can't get a gutter up under it far enough to put any drop on the gutter. Thus water will leak behind the low end of the gutter.

The correct flashing to use over a gutter is gutter apron, which is longer. They also make 6" d-style which is longer than what you currently have. But as I have found out on this forum, some parts of the country must not have gutter apron.
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thanks for the input.

There was actually a drip there, about three inches down into the gutter. It's came off along with the gutter, and I'm going to replace it anyway.

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Drip edge is normally attached to the roof sheathing before shingles go on and after the fascia is installed. I would use composite fascia.

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