When it comes to fascia installation, vinyl is one of the most popular and least expensive ways to accomplish the task. As you probably already know, contractors around the globe will charge a pretty penny in order to get the task accomplished. The fact of the matter is, though, installing vinyl fascia is an easy task that most homeowners can accomplish within a few hours, as long as you willing to spend some time and acquire a few tools if you do not already have them.
Step 1: Take Measurements
It should go without saying, but if you are replacing some existing fascia then you need to take down the old materials, as well as any gutters that are installed, before continuing on. Decide which run you plan to complete first and take some measurements to determine the entire length. Divide this number with the length of the vinyl fascia pieces so that you can figure out how many pieces you will need for the run. What you want to do here is to make sure that you divide the pieces evenly so that you do not end up with one small cut near the end of the run. However, when figuring this up, be sure that the ends of each piece fall on a rafter.
Step 2: Pre-drill Screw Holes
Measure ¾ of an inch from the outer edge and drill two holes using the small drill bit; one hole on top and one on the bottom, allowing a small gap from the ends so that the vinyl does not crack or break (1 inch will work just fine). Now, measure the distance between the rafters and mark an “X” on the fascia piece at the same distance, which will allow the screws to be secured into the rafters as you tighten them down. Pre-drill these holes as well with the ¼ drill bit.
Step 3: Attach the Fascia
Begin attaching the vinyl fascia boards, beginning on the left hand side of the run, or at the top, depending upon which run you are doing. Line up the bottom edges with the soffit and make sure that all the joints are butted together tight.
Step 4: Repeat
Repeat steps 1 through 3 until the house is completely covered with the new vinyl fascia pieces. Be sure that you take your time and make sure that you measurements and angles are exact.
Step 5: Seal the Joints and Cracks
Now that the fascia has been hung, you need to ensure that it is completely weather proofed by caulking all of the joints and gaps. Use a good-quality outdoor caulk that does not shrink. Fill in all the gaps that you may have and run a bead up all of the joints. Wipe off the excess amounts with your finger so that when it dries the fascia will not show signs of being jointed together.
Vinyl siding installation is an easy task that can be accomplished by any homeowner, so save yourself some money and aggravation by doing it yourself.