Fascia covers are the go-to alternative for protecting the vertically aligned edges of your home's roof. You can also use them to create a finishing trim on the openings of doors and windows, giving them a fine and aesthetically appealing trim. When you use them to cover the fascia board of your building, you set them along the roof's perimeter so that they can safeguard the underlying rafters and boards from inclement weather. Admittedly, it would help if you had some knowledge about the installation of fascia covers. It is a convenient way to save money and take on small roofing projects that don't require you to hire other people. Here are some tips you need for installing plastic fascia covers for the first time. 

Taking Your Measurements

Do-it-yourself projects involving the installation of fittings always start by getting the right size of the items that you need to fit. Well, installing plastic fascia covers is no different. Begin by measuring the edges of the roof that you would like to cover so you can get the right size of the plastic or vinyl material. The idea is to have a one-size-fits-all cover for each section to avoid joining several pieces over one area. The joints lower the chances of having a perfectly watertight roof edge. 

Doing Your Cuts

You need to be careful when cutting the plastic covers. Cutting is a moulding technique with irreversible results. Therefore, cut your plastic fascia covers slightly longer than you need them to be so it is easy to trim them back to a more desirable size. You stand a higher chance of getting a watertight seal with this technique because you will not have to join any pieces. It is also advisable to ask for specialised cutting saws and blades from a suitable vendor instead of resorting to ordinary blades and hacksaws. 

Placing Your Plastic Fascia Covers 

A glance at plastic fascia covers gives the impression that the two sides of the plastic boards are similar. Don't judge so fast though. A thorough look at the material will reveal that one side has some little bumps and imperfections. Take note of the rougher side because it must face inwards (towards the interior of the house) after installation. The smoother side faces outwards to encourage the fast and seamless flow of water off the edge of the roof. Having the rougher side outwards exposes your roof to tiny pools of water accumulating on the covers.

To learn more about fascia cover installation, contact professionals near you.