Eaves are a critical part of any roof and any home. Eaves keep water away from your walls and windows, meaning your home will be stronger for longer.
Damaged eaves can lead to a whole host of problems, including water damage, mold, and mildew.
Dry rot is a common problem in roof eaves. But, if spotted early, eaves repair can quickly and easily protect your home.
Keep reading to find out more about how to protect your home from dry rot damage.
Step 1: Understand What’s What in Your Roof
Before you can do anything, it’s a good idea to understand what’s what in your building’s roof.
Roof rafters are the backbone of any roof. They are usually wooden beams that run from the ridge of the roof to the external wall, that everything else is built out from.
Eaves are the edge part of a roof that overhang the building and throw water away from the walls.
Soffits and fascias work together to protect your building’s eaves. Soffits are the bottom part of the eaves that face the ground, making sure that there is no gap between the eaves and the building wall. Fascias are narrow, vertical pieces that connect the eaves and the soffits.
Step 2: Find Out You Need Eaves Repair
If your eaves are suffering from dry rot, you’ll need to repair them.
Dry rot is the term used to describe rotten wood. It affects all wood exposed to the elements, such as rain, sun, and wind.
Dry rot happens when fungus builds up and affects the wood in your home, making it soft and destroying it from the inside. If your eaves are destroyed, your building is likely to become damaged.
The only way to repair affected areas is to remove them.
Click here to find out more about detecting dry rot in your home.
Step 3: Get To The Eaves
You’ve got dry rot, and you need to repair your eaves. First of all, you need to get to them.
Eaves are on the edge of your roof, so they are usually quite high and difficult to reach.
You’ll need a stable ladder to get to your eaves. To make sure that you stay safe, stand your ladder on flat ground, and against the side of the roof that you will be working on.
If your roof is more than one-story high, it’s a good idea to work with another person. They can stay at the bottom of the ladder, making sure that you can quickly and easily get up or down.
Step 4: Remove The Fascia
The fascia connects the soffit to the eaves, creating a seal against the wall. The fascia needs to be taken off first.
You may need to use a little bit of force, but be careful not to damage any roof shingles or flashing close by.
Step 5: Remove The Old Soffit
Once the fascia has been removed, you should be able to pull down on the soffit.
This is the section that ensures there is no gap between your eaves and the building wall.
Step 6: Remove The Roof Rafter
Once you get to this point, you can take a look at your roof rafter. This is the beam that is the backbone of your roof. If this is also damaged, then it will need to be replaced.
It’s easiest to use a reciprocating saw to cut the rotted or damaged section out.
if there’s no damage to your roof rafter, then jump straight to step 9.
Step 7: Attach The Cleat and Backing Board
A cleat and backing board will support the new eaves. A cleat is simply a regular 2×4 inch board that you can attach to an adjacent piece of wall.
Step 8: Attach The New Roof Rafter
If you had to remove part or all of your roof rafter in step 6, then you’ll need to replace it. If you didn’t need to do this, then skip straight to step 9.
First, you’ll need to cut a replacement rafter from pre-treated wood.
Then screw the new rafter to the cleat and backing board, to ensure that it’s as stable and secure as possible.
Step 9: Attach The New Soffit
A soffit is usually made with plywood. It’s a good idea to treat this with a sealer, to make sure that water will not penetrate the wood and damage the eaves again. Remember to treat both sides of the soffit!
Then secure the soffit to the underside of the eaves.
Step 10: Attach the New Fascia
The new fascia will connect the eaves and soffit, and can be attached with galvanized nails. Again, this will seal any gaps, and reduce the risk of water penetration and damage.
This should reduce the risk of any further dry rot affecting your building.
Step 11: Keep An Eye On Your Eaves Repair
Once you’ve completed your eaves repair, you’ll need to keep an eye on it. It’s important to make sure that your repair was successful, and that there are no further areas of dry rot or damage.
Make sure that water is being directed away from your building’s walls, running down the eaves and dripping away from your building.
Also, regularly check the state of your eaves, fascias, and soffits. Look out for any discoloration, damage or texture change. If this happens, it’s likely that water is still getting into your roof, and doing further damage.
The earlier you can spot and stop dry rot – or any water damage – the better.
Help With Your Eaves Repair
Eaves repair can be a difficult and complex task. They are essential to keeping your roof strong and your home safe; they need to do the job properly.
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