We all like our property to look great inside and out but, for some reason, there are things that just don’t seem to catch the eye until they become an obvious problem. A home’s fascia is one of those things. If it is wooden, the elements will eventually break it down, and because it takes so long, we tend not to notice the decay. Sun and rain will gradually blister paint and dry out wood, and there will come a point when no amount of restorative work can salvage it. Even plastic fascia has its limitations. Harsh sunlight and changes in temperature can eventually bleach and warp the material leaving it unsightly and irreparable. Metal also will at some point begin to show signs of wear and tear – excessive exposure to wet climates, particularly in coastal areas, will slowly tarnish and rust even galvanised steel surfaces.
However, there are measures which can prevent deterioration: paints and special coatings can be periodically applied to protect the fascia, and regular cleaning will prevent grime and discolouration affecting plastics and metals. But this requires a degree of commitment on the part of the homeowner, and few people take the time to incorporate fascia maintenance into their housekeeping schedule.
How long will fascia last?
So when should you get your fascia replaced? This varies regarding climate and whether there has been any maintenance carried out. Wooden Fascia can last indefinitely if it is routinely cared for, but it is actually one of the first to deteriorate if left untreated. Realistically a good quality, treated wood, can last 15 to 20 years before signs of decay can be seen. Usually, if neglected, a wooden fascia will surely need replaced after 20 years.
Plastics and metals are great in some environments, but not so good in others. Intense exposure to sunlight can warp plastic fascia in 5 to 10 years. Plastic is more suited to colder climates due to its excellent resistance to wet and freezing conditions. If regularly cleaned, plastic fascia in colder climates will remain in good condition for many decades. Likewise metals can tarnish very quickly in wet conditions, However, if regularly treated, metal fascia can have a very long lifespan: rust inhibitors and quality marine paints are commonly used to extend life indefinitely if properly maintained.
Where to buy?
There are many fascia retailers throughout Australia who can provide industry standard goods to private or trade buyers. Many large builders’ merchants and some high street garden retailers will stock a variety of styles and materials. If there are requirements for special design or features it is possible to contact some of the manufacturers directly for more in-depth advice. However, many homeowners who are considering renewing their homes fascia will contact a local company who can provide a supply and fit service. Companies like Fremantle based Absolute Gutters can offer guidance on brands, colour, style, and suitability for a client’s home.
Most homeowners are more comfortable allowing a professional tradesman to fit new fascia.