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When you finish attaching the final board on your finished deck, all you want to do is go for a cool beverage from the refrigerator and celebrate your success. Adding a few finishing touches, on the other hand, may make a huge impact on the beauty and stability of your deck. The fascia is where it all starts.
What is Deck Fascia?
Fascia is a band or ribbon of wood or other material that runs beneath the deck’s surface line and surrounds it. It’s similar to the fascia that runs down the bottom of your home’s roof, but it serves a unique purpose. It’s often made of 1-by-8 or 1-by-10 boards.
Fascia is generally used for aesthetic purposes on decks. It hides the joists beneath your deck and gives it a glossy, completed appearance. If you use a different paint or varnish than you did on the deck, it might offer visual contrast.
What is the purpose of deck fascia?
Fascia commonly supports guttering and other architectural components beneath a home’s rooftop. Planter boxes and decorations can be installed on a deck using the fascia. The fascia can also function as a link between the deck and the skirt.
Difference between Fascia and Skirting
While a skirt isn’t required to enjoy your deck, it does conceal the joists beneath and provides aesthetic value. Lattice, horizontal boards, and vertical boards are all good options for skirting.
Deck skirts should be attached to the fascia rather than the ground since frost heave can destroy them. Create a door to provide you access to the space beneath the deck, for example, to eliminate pests or address a mold problem.
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How to Install Fascia on a Deck?
- Select the fascia material of your choice. Consider employing composite decking material for the fascia and other finishing pieces if you’re using composite decking. You already know how to use it, and the consistency will improve the presentation of your deck.
- To figure out how much extra material you’ll need for the fascia, measure the circumference of your deck. Cut the planks to fit tightly around the deck’s foundation. Leave a little lip beneath the deck’s surface if desired. Bullnose trim is used by some homeowners to complete the deck edge.
- Use construction glue, nails, or screws to secure the boards to the rim joists. Miter the edges according to the angles you’ve specified on your deck, then paint or stain the materials to your liking.
If You Don’t Want to Use Deck Fascia, What Should You Do?
Many homeowners prefer the raw, rustic aesthetic of a deck without fascia. It’s also worth noting that incorrectly built fascia can absorb dirt and moisture, causing more deck damage.
Understanding fascia will assist you in building a deck that you will enjoy for many years. To refine its appearance and protect it from the weather, use fascia, trim, and skirting.