Is pine O.K. to use to replace the fascia boards on a house?

Answered by Brendan ~ February 20, 2010 ~ No Comments

I hired a carpenter to replace all the rotten wood on my house before having it painted. The painter told me the carpenter used pine to replace the fascia boards. He told me pine is not ideal to use on the exterior of a house...it is too soft. I told the carpenter I wanted him to use good wood and treated wood where possible. Later when I confronted the carpenter and relayed to him what I was told about pine, he told me there are different qualities of pine and the higher end pine was O.K. to use to replace the fascia. What say you?

Maryann P. ~ Houston, Texas

Brendan Fowler

Soft woods are okay. Pine will be fine it just has to be very well sealed. The best way to use a lesser quality wood on the exterior is the prime/paint all surfaces as well as cut ends prior to install. If it is already installed just make sure that you do a good job sealing it. The addition of some drip flashings will also help in the absence of gutters. It is also a good idea to put as many nails into the fascia as possible so that is does not try to move on you. 1x soft wood fascia is getting a bit thin but if it is going to be covered with gutters it will probably be okay and even better if rafter spacing is at 16" on center. Tearing it off seems a bit drastic, just try to keep water off of it and again make sure it is really well sealed. I think you will be okay.

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