Who Repairs Soffit and Fascia Boards? | Kansas City

Perhaps you’ve been looking at your soffit and fascia boards for a while, noticing that the elements are wreaking havoc on them. The paint is peeling, there’s rotting wood, you’re convinced the soffit panels aren’t providing proper ventilation, and now you’re sure you can see some mold. Worrying for sure! 

Not only is it ruining the aesthetic of your home, but now you’re left pondering whether you could just repair the damaged sections or whether you should just get the soffit and fascia boards upgraded for something more durable. In addition, there hasn’t been proper ventilation in the attic for a while, and maybe now is the time to fix it.

Who can you get to do this repair work professionally without breaking the bank? And if you DIY it, will it just kick the problem down the road?

These are legitimate concerns and questions. Our aim is to help you out by providing you with answers and giving you options if you’re interested in soffit and fascia replacement. 

Who is able to repair soffit and fascia boards?

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There are several factors that will determine whether you can DIY or should rather opt for professional repair services.      

The type of damage:

Is there just flaking paint without any damage to the wooden soffit and fascia?

Do you have wood rot in one area or several areas?

Have you noticed mold?

The extent of damage:

Is it a section of the soffit or the fascia that can be removed and easily replaced?

Is the damage to the existing fascia board extensive enough that it is affecting the gutter system?

Has the wood rot gone deeper than the fascia, perhaps rotting the rafter tails?

If you’re a DIY enthusiast and the damage is confined to paintwork or small sections of soffit or fascia repair, you can buy DIY kits from your local Home Depot and get to work. 

However, more serious problems, such as extensive damage to the soffit, fascia and rafter tails, would likely warrant hiring professionals. Remember, the fascia board is almost always what your gutters attach to. Consequently, rotten fascia means malfunctioning gutters. Malfunctioning gutters mean water overflowing. Overflowing water means big and expensive problems.

In Kansas City, gutter experts, roofing professionals, and carpenters are knowledgeable on how the soffit and fascia interact with other sections of your home’s interior and can do repair and replacement work.

Getting professional repair or replacement services on deeper issues has many benefits. Yes, the upfront monetary investment will be more, but in the long run, you will have peace of mind knowing that you won’t have to keep doing DIY on new problem areas that you didn’t see initially. 

Why get a soffit and fascia repair quote from Gutter Cover KC®

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A family-operated and experienced gutter company – Gutter Cover KC® has been working on homes in the greater Kansas City area for over 20 years (since 2001). This brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. They are BBB-accredited and because they’re local, they know all about the havoc the local weather wreaks on the exterior of your home.

When you get a professional quote, you can expect the following:

  1. A dependable team of installers that treat your home with respect.
  2. Superior soffit and fascia products that will complement the style of your home and allow you to benefit from innovations in soffit and fascia materials such as the use of vinyl soffits, metal fascia, soffit panels with ventilation holes and other features that we will discuss with you.
  3. We don’t just offer soffit and fascia repairs or replacements. We also provide gutters and gutter guards. If your gutters need work or adjustments after the repairs to the fascia boards, then you don’t need to look for another provider. We can do it all.
  4. Affordable pricing for fascia and soffit replacement. We know the functional and aesthetic value these components have, so we offer our services at reasonable prices.  
  5. If you have good credit and the extent of the work is large enough to warrant financing, then you could qualify for 18 months of ZERO interest financing.
  6. You will receive a one year performance warranty on the installation and most products come with some form of manufacturing warranty which we pass on to you. 

If you’re interested in getting an estimate for repair or replacement work to your home’s fascia and soffit, fill out our cost estimate form and we’ll get back to you in a hurry. 

Over time we’ve seen quite a number of issues affecting the fascia and soffit. Next, we discuss the most common issues and tell you how to solve them.

Common repair issues and solutions

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Water damage due to clogged gutters

The number one reason to repair either the soffit or fascia or both is water damage caused by overflowing gutters. Factors such as improperly sloped gutters, undersized gutters, or insufficient downspouts can all lead to gutter overflow. However, the most common cause of gutter overflow is clogged gutters. A typical mid-western storm brings a massive amount of water down on your roof and this can overwhelm gutters with even a small amount of debris. 

In an unprotected gutter that is full of debris, the water has nowhere to go and pours over the side of your gutters affecting the structures below the gutter (including the soffit and fascia). 

As this happens over and over again, the damage becomes evident as you discover peeling paint, wood rot and even mold. The best way to solve this problem in the long term is to install a solid gauge gutter guard like the Advantage Gutter Guard®. This product uses the scientific principle of surface tension to drive the water into the gutter. Because it doesn’t have any openings on the top, debris cannot clog either the gutter itself or the holes on the top (which is what happens with leaf filters), keeping your gutters clog free forever and water flowing through your system rather than overflowing it.

By doing this, you solve the root cause of the problem with soffit and fascia damage. You’ll be able to do the repair work or replacement work and have peace of mind that you won’t be repeating the process anytime soon, because the cause of damage has been stopped. 

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Pest infestations

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Wood boring insects, bees, wasps, and small rodents can cause quite a bit of damage to the soffit and fascia. They bore tunnels in the wood and make nests, causing damage to the structures and creating a way for moisture to seep even more into wooden boards increasing the risk of wood rot and mold. 

One way to deter this problem is to install vinyl or aluminum soffit wrap. It is resistant to the handy work of insects and does not need to be stained or painted. 

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Wear and tear damage

Sun, UV light exposure, wind damage and thermal contraction and expansion can seriously damage soffit and fascia over time. Apart from peeling paint, you’ll notice that the structures become brittle and crack. They can also start to warp, buckle and develop gaps between the joints. If the soffit and fascia are not correctly installed, strong winds can cause damage.

The remedy for this environmental onslaught is to install vinyl or aluminum soffit and fascia wrap that are more resistant to these hazards. Also, professional installation by a recognized professional will prevent damage caused by inferior workmanship. 

We recommend choosing soffit with a hidden vent when replacing. This hidden vent system channels outside air in through the rafters and under the roof to provide proper ventilation. This product is exceptionally strong, and can withstand wind speeds of up to 160 mph! The exclusive hang tough technology boosts its durability making it more resistant to cracking, breaking, and thermal distortion.  

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What is the cost of replacing soffits and fascia?

The answer to this question really depends on the extent of the damage. For example, is it only rotten fascia, or does the rot go deeper? For instance, does it affect the sub fascia and rafter tails?

Also, will the gutters need to be replaced? If gutters are replaced that means much less work removing and reattaching existing gutters after doing the woodwork.

It is best to get an inspection done on your home and then get a quotation from one of our experienced consultants. We’ll be able to give you the best advice for protecting your roof and your home’s exterior walls once we can take a look at the situation. You will not be charged for this inspection and are not obligated to accept our quote. The whole process is pressure free, and we won’t waste your time. However, please bear in mind that there is a minimum job cost. At present (2024), this is $500. 

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Can you replace the soffit without removing the fascia?

Yes, it is possible to replace the soffit without removing the fascia. However, this will require careful handling and removal. If you are fitting new soffit panels, they have to be carefully fitted in place with the existing fascia. This process requires exact measurements to ensure the soffit fits perfectly to provide sufficient hold and without having openings or gaps.

What is the life expectancy of the fascia and soffit?

The life expectancy of soffit and fascia depends on factors such as the material used, the gutters functioning properly, direct sun exposure, and whether the soffit and fascia were wrapped with either vinyl or aluminum. Generally, aluminum or vinyl soffit and fascia wrap can add decades of life as it protects them from sun, rain and pests. They also reduce maintenance by preventing the need to regularly paint or stain.

With all the above in mind, it’s hard to give an approximate life expectancy. Every home would be unique. But you would rarely have to replace Pine or Fir at less than 5-10 years, even with no maintenance at all. 10-20 years with sufficient maintenance. If it’s wrapped in aluminum or vinyl, much longer, and without the maintenance.

How long does it take to replace soffit and fascia? 

This depends on the size of the home and whether we’re doing other work. Gutter replacement and 10-20 feet of fascia repair would on average take 1-3 days. Homes with tricky architectural designs and complex rooflines may require additional time. With a professional company like Gutter Cover KC®, we guarantee that we adequately plan all aspects of the work and stick to a well-tested process to finish our work on time. We also do a quality inspection and leave your home tidy after completing our work.

If you have trees close to or towering over your house you simply won’t be able to keep up with routine cleaning, resulting in clogged gutters.

Conclusion

As you ponder ways to breathe new life into your home’s exterior, tackling soffit and fascia issues head on and with professional help may be just what you need to put these problems to rest. 

In Kansas City, where the weather is as unpredictable as the BBQ is delicious, maintaining these structures is not just about curb appeal but about protecting your home from the elements, insects and water damage from clogged gutters. Leaving this matter unattended will increase the costs and make future repair work more difficult. 

So whether you ultimately decide to DIY or hire professionals like Gutter Cover KC ®, remember that the investment you make today in your soffit and fascia will pay dividends in the protection and beauty of your home for years to come.

Are you ready to take that next step?

Reach out for a professional consultation and save yourself headaches and expenses, ensuring your home maintains its beauty and appeal for years to come.