Plastic Fascia Installation in 5 Steps
Fascia installation is a task that all homeowners have to deal with at one time or another. Installing plastic fascia around the eaves of your roof has become very popular with professionals, and do-it-yourselfers, because it provides long-lasting weather protection, along with having a longer lasting life when compared to wood or tin. Many professional will claim that this is not a job for the average homeowner, but it actually is. Installing plastic fascia is an easy job that should only take a couple of hours to complete.
Step 1: Install the First Plastic Fascia Piece
Pick a corner of the house that you wish to start and measure the entire run that will be covered. You now need to divide that length by the length of one piece of the plastic fascia pieces in order to see how many pieces you will need for that run. The reason that you do this is so you do not end up with little pieces on the ends of the runs. Cut the pieces that you need for the particular run that you are working on, making sure that you cut the proper angles at the peaks and the ends if you are doing a runt that has them.
Step 2: Install the First Piece
Begin by installing the first piece of plastic fascia. It is usually best to begin on the left side, or the top of the peak, depending upon which run of the house that you are doing. Push the first piece into place and push upwards until the bottom of the fascia is even with the edge of the soffit. Nail down securely with ring shank siding nails, making sure that the nails do are simply inset into the plastic, not hammered through it.
Step 3: Install the Remaining Pieces
Continue down the rest of the run, making sure that the joints are butted tightly against each other, but not overlapping in any way. Also make sure that the bottom edge of the plastic fascia is even with the soffit edge.
Step 4: Repeat
Repeat steps 1 through 3 until the entire house is covered with plastic fascia pieces. Take extra care to make accurate measurements and that everything is hung flush and level with the surrounding pieces.
Step 5: Seal the Joints
After the entire house has plastic fascia installed you have to seal all the joints. When you purchased the plastic pieces you should have gotten some type of glue that is recommended for the particular fascia pieces that you got. If not, then go get it now. Run a bead of glue along the entire joint. If you do have any small cracks, push the glue into them so that it forms a solid joint or edge.
Hanging plastic siding is an easy job as long as you take some time to ensure that you measure accurately and cut perfectly. Even then, though, glue will hide any small issues that may arise, such as an angle cut that was slightly off. Just remember to take your time and to the job right the first time.