How to Replace a Gutter Fascia Board

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How to Replace a Gutter Fascia Board
A stable ladder keeps you safe when replacing rotted fascia boards. (cleaning gutters image by palms from

Fascia boards seal off the ends of the roof trusses extending over the eaves on your house. Gutters that divert water runoff from the roof connect to the attached fascia board. Over time, moisture builds behind the gutter and breaks down the paint covering the fascia board. Breaks in the paint allow water to penetrate the wood fascia board, and the wood begins to rot. When the fascia board becomes rotted extensively, it can no longer support the weight of the gutter, and the gutter will fall from the house.

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Things you need

  • Ladder
  • Pry bar
  • Tape measure
  • Fascia board
  • 3-inch wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • #2 Phillips tip adaptor

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  1. 1

    Set up a ladder near the rotted section of fascia board. Make sure that the ladder is stable before you climb to the fascia board.

  2. 2

    Slide the flat end of a pry bar between the back of the gutter and the front of the rotted fascia board. Push the end of the pry bar toward the fascia board to loosen the gutter. Move the ladder down the side of the house and repeat the process until you can pull the gutter from the house. Set the gutter aside.

  3. 3

    Slide the flat end of the pry bar between the back of the rotted fascia board and the front edge of the soffit. Push the end of the pry bar to remove the fascia board from the house.

  4. 4

    Hold a new length of fascia board against the ends of the roof trusses. Run two 3-inch wood screws through the fascia board and into the end of each fascia board with a screw gun and a #2 Phillips tip adaptor.

  5. 5

    Install the gutter to the new fascia board after it has been primed and painted.

Tips and warnings

  • Move the set-up ladder if you need to reach over the side of the ladder to work.

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