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What is composite fascia board used for?

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The main use for composite fascia boards is in home construction, and it helps to keep the gutters in place near the roof. As of May 2015, new technology has made these boards more useful, and now the boards support with soffits too.

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Fascia boards are popular choices for homeowners who want to increase the value of a home, and several designs are on the market. Composite fascia boards come as a mix of plastic, wood chips and sawdust that is bound with an epoxy resin. Composite is environmentally friendly, colorfast, rot-resistant and less likely to decay than wood-only boards. Though composite fascia boards cost more than other materials, they are also more durable.

In addition to the aesthetic value, installing fascia boards has a number of other benefits. Fascia boards often hide the edges of guttering systems, and these boards also offer protection for the exterior of the home. The boards are relatively inexpensive, last for a long time and serve as a support system for the gutters.

Some homeowners have the skills to install these boards, but others may wish to hire a professional. If a professional does the work, a homeowner may have to pay up to $60 an hour for installation, as of May 2015. If sanding and finishing occur, an additional $60 to $90 may be added to the cost.

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