What material to replace fascia boards with ?

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  1. mckeand13

    mckeand13 Engineer

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    My house is a 1958 ranch located in WI. Cold and hot weather.

    I'm going to have my roof & gutters replaced and I'd like to replace all of the fascia board at the same time. there are some edges here and there that are soft/rotted, and plenty of spots that need paint. Doesn't seem to make sense to put new gutters right over questionable wood.

    What's the right material? I put some white pvc trim in a bathroom recently and it seemed awesome to work with. It seems like pvc would be the perfect material for fascia boards. No rot, no paint. I've noticed that HD has it in stock at 12' lengths for the 1x6's ($30 each).

    Is PVC a good choice for fascia boards? Any other materials or woods that are better in some respect?

    Any specific nails to use? Stainless, large head, etc....

    Thanks!
  2. bsperr

    bsperr Member

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    I'm planning to replace my fascia and soffits with Hardie materials. Hardie trim comes in a variety of dimensions and is very durable. If you also have to replace some of your soffits due to rot, you should check out their pre-vented soffits. I would guess that pvc trim would work well, too. Either way, you would want to use stainless or galvanized (hot dipped) fasteners.
  3. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    I'm not sure what Aztec boards are made of, but they have proven to be durable where wood was not in my building. Hardieboard is also very durable and should hold paint well for a long time.
  4. 99k

    99k Radon Contractor and Water Treatment

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    Azek boards are made from PVC and are similar to foam core pipe. I personally do not like working with the stuff ... way too dusty and won't hold nails or screws well. I would suggest you go to a good yard and buy preprimed, finger jointed, red cedar.
  5. mckeand13

    mckeand13 Engineer

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  6. 99k

    99k Radon Contractor and Water Treatment

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    As far as I know, they don't make "solid pvc". Read the description ... this is called "cellular" ... I call it foam core.
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    trim

    I would use one of the "manufactured" woods. PVC can deteriorate when exposed to the elements.
  8. mckeand13

    mckeand13 Engineer

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    I'll have to see if I can find the name/mfg next time I'm at HD. I remember it being solid.
  9. mckeand13

    mckeand13 Engineer

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    What do you mean by "manufactured"? Real wood, or a look alike in other material?
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