Improper Fascia Installation

Gutters are used by bad contractors to cover up poor fascia installations.  The board behind this obviously improper fascia is rotted from years of gutter overflow.
Gutters are used by bad contractors to cover up poor fascia installations. The board behind this obviously improper fascia is rotted from years of gutter overflow. | Source

The old saying, "If you are going to do something, do it right the first time," must not have applied to the contractor that installed this metal fascia wrap. This is one of the worst fascia jobs I have ever seen. This was discovered when I removed the improperly installed gutter system that was on the house that had lasted a mere 12 years. Systems like these typically are maintenance free and can last a lifetime when properly installed. However, it is actually a good thing that this was discovered sooner than later as the gutter overflow was rotting out the wood fascia board that was exposed behind the gutter.

Proper Installation

Proper fascia wrap technique wraps the corners around so that the separate fascia pieces overlap, preventing water infiltration and, in many climates, ice from forming behind the fascia and pushing ripping it off the house. The fascia also must go under the drip edge or gutter apron completely. This is extremely important as this ensures that water will not back up behind the fascia when the gutter overflows, which at some point it most likely will.

Builder errors like this cost homeowners thousands of dollars and is what keeps my business boomed even in a poor economy because it has to get fixed or is ruins the house. It is important as a homeowner to protect yourself from bad contractors. Be proactive in your search so that you have a good idea of who is out there. Get referrals and go see their previous work. Ultimately this will prevent you from falling into the trap of hiring a bad contractor which is what unfortunately had happened to this gentlemen.

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starrkissed 5 years ago from Arizona

Thank you for this post. I'm saving it for future use, because we just bought our first house and we have a gutter system that we have yet to look at and make sure is working properly.

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