How Much Does It Cost to Repair Roof Eaves?

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Roof eaves 1 extend the roof beyond the walls of your home. Properly designed and installed eaves 1 provide shade and divert water away from features of your home that are vulnerable to moisture damage.

Depending on where you live, damage due to weather, age, and/or pests might lead 2 to needed eave 1 repair in the soffit 3, facia, or gutters. The average cost to repair roof eaves 1 ranges from $1,450 to $1,650, with the average homeowner spending $1,545 on replacing a thirty foot 4 section of all three components​.

Roof Eaves Repair

Roof eaves 1 repair costs
National average cost$1,545
Average range$1,450 - $1,650
Minimum cost$1,125
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Roof Eaves Repair Cost by Project Range

Repaint 225 linear feet of eaves
Average Cost
Replace 30 linear feet of soffit, fascia, and gutter
Roof framing repair, replace 30 linear feet of soffit, fascia, shingle mold

Roof Eaves Repair Cost by Type of Repair

Repairing eaves 1 involves repainting, repairing, or replacing sections of soffit 3 (the underside of the eave 1), fascia (the forward-facing surface of the eave 1), or the gutters. Prices can vary based on size, accessibility, and materials. In some cases, replacement materials are supplied in minimum lengths that you may have to cover the cost of, regardless of what you need.

RepairNational Average Cost
Sanding and painting$4.50 per linear foot 4
Replacing sections of fascia$15 to $25 per linear foot 4
Replacing sections of soffit 3$20 to $30 per linear foot 4
Replacing gutter hangers, fasteners 5$150
Filling hairline cracks and splits$150 to $200
Removal of pests, nests, hives$325-$450
Gutter replacement$850

Roof Eaves Repair Labor Costs

Depending upon the material of your eaves 1, the level 6 of pre-cleaning involved, and the extent of the damage, the job is messy and involved, and paying a pro painter ($50 per hour) is worth every penny. For more extensive repairs like the replacement of soffit 3, fascia, gutters, or rafters, you should also consider hiring a professional. Experienced carpenters that perform quality work charge $70 per hour on average, but this rate varies widely across different areas.

The damage that you notice on the exterior portions of the eaves 1 could very well only be the beginning. After a thorough inspection by a professional, some, if not all, of these steps may be necessary. The shingle 7 mold, if one exists, is carefully removed first, hopefully to be returned if it is not damaged. Next, the fasteners 5 holding the gutters in place are pried loose, and the gutters removed. Again, if the gutters are not damaged, they can be reused as well. However, the fasteners 5, often damaged during removal, are typically replaced for a nominal cost.

Once the gutters are cleared away, the seams 8 and caulking 9 around the fascia should be carefully cut, and the board should be incrementally pried away from the wall. An experienced carpenter or handyman can do this without causing further unnecessary damage. With the fascia boards out of the way, the soffit 3 boards should slide out relatively easily. Of course, the soffits 3 may be nailed in place, which would require careful removal of the nails. At this point, the exterior components are out of the way. A pro can then get a good look at the interior rafter tails and assess the damage.

After locating the rafter damage, your pro will replace a section three times the length of the damaged section. An appropriately sized board is slid in next to the damaged section and secured before the old section is cut away. Then the pro, working in reverse, will replace the exterior components with brand new pieces or the originals that remain in good shape.

Signs That Your Roof Eave Needs Repair

  • Peeling paint. When peeling paint appears around your eaves 1, it may be simply normal wear and tear, or an indication of a bigger problem. Exterior paint should last approximately seven to ten years. If your paint is significantly younger, or is showing signs of staining in addition to chipping, you may have a leak in the eave 1 or the roof above. A thorough inspection will let you know if you need the help of a professional painter, roofer, or carpenter.
  • Cracks and splits. Cracking and splitting of eaves 1 indicate a problem that needs attention sooner than later. Depending on the location and material, it may be possible to fill cracks and splits in both the soffit 3 or fascia. Otherwise, sections of both can be replaced for $15 to $30 per linear foot 4 on average.
  • Sagging gutters. Most often, sagging gutters are caused by a failure of hangers and/or fasteners 5. If the hangers were not spaced properly during installation they will not adequately support the weight of the gutter. Also, over time the hangers and fasteners 5 ($1 to $10 each) will succumb to exposure and wear and tear.
  • Overflowing. When the gutters on your eaves 1 begin to overflow they are most likely clogged with leaves and debris. Professional gutter cleaning services cost on average $150.
  • Rotted eave 1, fascia, or soffit 3. Rotting of the eave 1, fascia or soffit 3, may not be instantly recognizable. Peeling paint, cracks, and sagging or overflowing gutters can indicate a deeper problem. Usually, the repair of rotting eaves 1 requires sections of the material to be completely removed and replaced.

Hazards of Broken Eaves

As with any exterior weaknesses on your home, broken eaves 1 leave the structure exposed to damaging elements. Rain, snow, and ice, if allowed to permeate through an opening in the eaves 1, will cause water damage to ceilings, walls, and even all the way to the foundation. This moisture will also allow dangerous mold to grow within. Another risk is infestation from animals and pests. Often looking for a home of their own, they will see an opening in your eaves 1 as an opportunity to build a cozy nook. Having squirrels and other vermin making a home in your attic and walls can be hazardous to your wiring and insulation. Not to mention, many critters carry dangerous bacteria as well as other parasites that could endanger the health of your family.

Cost Factors When Repairing Roof Eaves

The cost of eave 1 repairs will vary depending on the extent of damage, materials, and accessibility. A very high or steeply pitched roof will require added safety measures and additional labor. For instance, a skilled carpenter would normally do this work for materials cost plus $70 per hour. However, additional help needed for safety reasons could cost another $20 to $35 per hour.

Naturally, the cost of eave 1 repairs will be affected by the extent of the damage. In some cases, a cyanoacrylate glue or epoxy 10 putty will offer a quick fix for hairline cracks and splits. More advanced damage like wood rot will require complete replacement of sections of the eave 1, soffit 3, and fascia.

What to Do Before Repairing Roof Eaves

If upon your inspection you feel that your eaves 1 need work, you might consider having a professional do a complete roof inspection before proceeding. Damage to the eaves 1 could involve shingle 7 or structural damage above. While inspection from below is fine for a homeowner, climbing onto the roof by yourself without the proper equipment is not advisable. You should also make sure that the area below the damaged eave 1 is clear of debris, outdoor furniture, and other removable obstructions.

Fascia Repair and Replacement Costs

Traditionally made of wood or aluminum, the forward-facing trim boards known as fascia cover the rafter tails that extend from the roof and beyond the walls of your home. The fascia stands as a barrier to the elements and also serves as a mount 11 for gutters. The cost to repair and replace fascia ($15 to $25 per linear foot 4 installed) is determined by the amount of damage and the material chosen. For instance, replacing 12 feet of fascia with UPVC will cost, on average, $180-$200. Recently, contractors and homeowners have started opting for UPVC and vinyl 12 replacements ($4 to $6 per linear foot 4, materials only) because they are more durable, affordable, and offering lower maintenance than wood ($2 to $4 per linear foot 4, materials only) and aluminum ($10 to $20 per linear foot 4, materials only). Again, the hourly rate for an experienced carpenter or handyman is $70 per hour, and they may require the help of an assistant for $20 to $35 per hour.

When you discover damage to the fascia boards on your home, it is recommended that you have a professional carpenter or roofer inspect the entire area. Having an experienced person find the root cause of the damage will likely save you money in the long run.

Soffit Repair and Replacement Costs

Standing beneath the roof overhang and looking up you will see what is the outside ceiling of your home, known as the soffit 3. The soffit 3 covers what would otherwise be exposed wooden rafter tails, protecting them from the elements as well as flying and crawling critters that can make a home up there and wreak havoc. Occasionally, soffit 3 damage can occur, and it can become cracked, rusty, or rotten in the case of wood. Replacing only the damaged section of the soffits 3 ($20 to $30 per linear foot 4 installed) is a relatively easy repair for an experienced carpenter or handyman who will also know how to identify a deeper problem within the roof or eaves 1 needing to be addressed. A hairline crack in the soffit 3, minus any underlying causes, can be filled by a professional handyman at an average rate of $60 to $90 per hour.

Gutters Repair Costs

Gutters are undoubtedly one of the most important purely functional elements on the exterior of your home. Your gutters divert rainwater and melting snow from pouring down the side of your home. Moisture is one of the fiercest enemies of your home and can cause damage that, unaddressed, will continue to spread. It is very important that you invest in quality gutters and an experienced installer to protect your home. Gutters are available in a number of materials and range from $3 to $5 per linear foot 4 for vinyl 12 and plastics all the way to $20 per linear foot 4 for copper. Gutter repairs are often performed by an experienced handyman when worn hangers need to be replaced or fine cracks or fissures are causing leaks. For the average hourly rate ($70), a pro will use a high-quality sealant to fill cracks, or reseal end caps 13 and joints 8.

Rafter Tails Repair Costs

This is where eave 1 repairs can get complicated. The rafters of your home are the support system for your roof. The rafter tails are the sections of the rafters that extend beyond the exterior walls. These tails are the foundation of the eaves 1 to which the fascia and soffit 3 are attached. As described above, when you discover eave 1 damage, it is often an extension of damage to the rafter/rafter tails. Additionally, your home may have a more complex rafter system, more commonly known as a truss 14 system. Damage beyond the tail end of the rafters is something that would be outside of the scope of most carpenters. Hiring a roofing contractor ($75 to $100 per hour) would be the best option when damage to the rafters or trusses 14 is found to extend to the interior of the roof.

Roof Maintenance

It cannot be stressed enough how proper maintenance and care will extend the life of your roof, gutters, and eaves 1. Regular gutter cleanings, snow and ice removal, and yearly inspections will ensure that each part of your roof and eaves 1 continues to do its job and offer adequate protection.

If you live in an area where months of snow and freezing temperatures are common, caring for your roof and eaves 1 is vital. When snow build-up is allowed on the roof, the heat from the interior can cause the snow directly on the roof to melt. This water will travel down the roof slope, collect at the roof edge, eaves 1, and gutters, and freeze causing an ice dam. Of course, snow on the roof will continue to melt, creating an ever-growing pool of water. If left unaddressed, ice will continue to build up, putting increased weight on the eaves 1 and gutters, and the water will eventually find its way through the roof surface. It can travel through the insulation, into the interior walls and ceilings, and down the slope of the roof eventually causing rot in the rafter tails, and all parts of the eaves 1.

Water damage is probably the greatest threat to your home. Similar to what can happen when an ice dam forms, a buildup of debris in your gutters can cause water to overflow. This overflow can stream across the eaves 1, often causing rot. It will flow down the sides of the house, pool on the ground, seep into the basement, and eventually damage the foundation.

Gutter cleanings, snow removal, and yearly roof inspections will prevent small problems from becoming big problems. These preventative measures will go a long way toward keeping your roof and eaves 1 functioning properly and identifying potential problems before the damage has a chance to spread throughout.

Repair vs. Replace Roof Eaves

The decision to do a replacement or a repair will be determined by the cause and extent of the damage. Eaves 1 are complicated because they are vulnerable to elements and made up of a number of components that, once damaged, will cause more damage to other parts of the roof and walls.

Chipping paint, small cracks, and splits caused by regular wear and tear can usually be repaired relatively inexpensively. However, what initially appears to be minimal damage from the outside, can be quite extensive upon deeper inspection.

One thing is for certain, any visible damage should not be taken at face value. A thorough inspection of the area should be done to ascertain the root cause of the damage. Spending $4.50 per linear foot 4 on a paint job that covers up the signs of a larger problem doesn’t make very good economic sense in the long run. The sooner that you determine where your underlying issue is, and have it repaired or replaced, the better off you will be. Unless your home has been severely neglected, the need to replace the entirety of the eaves 1 is unlikely. In most cases, repairing the components of the eaves 1 requires replacement of specific sections of soffit 3, fascia, gutter, or rafter tails.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Paint Treatments

Good quality latex paints will protect your eaves 1 from not only weathering, but also UV light damage ($25 per gallon). When choosing an exterior paint, you should weigh the initial cost of the paint against the cost of having to repaint every year, or every other year. A higher quality exterior paint should last between 7 and 10 years.

Eave Protectors

Eave 1 protectors, also known as ice-barrier membranes, are adhesive strips layered between the end of the shingles 7 and the gutters. They prevent pooling of water and ice build-up during cold weather months. They are relatively inexpensive and materials cost between $1 and $2 per square foot 4.

Eaves Vent Strips

Install eave 1 vent strips, also called continuous soffit 3 vents ($5-$10 per linear foot 4), to improve air circulation and prevent the collection of moisture in your attic. As discussed above, water and moisture are a major threat to your home. Condensation collecting in the attic can damage your roof and encourage the growth of unhealthy mold and mildew.

Drip Edges

Install or upgrade drip edges to create a watertight seal around the entire eave 1. Drip edges are inexpensive to have installed (average $2 per linear foot 4) and they help direct water coming down from the roof into the gutter.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Permits and licenses. In only extreme cases, when there is extensive water or mold damage, would you need a permit to repair an eave 1. However, despite this, you will want to make sure that your contractor or carpenter is properly licensed and insured in your state.
  • Emergency repairs. Emergency repair in the case of a fallen tree or water damage from a neglected leak will cost significantly more money. Often carpenters and roofers will charge twice their hourly rate for off-hours work.
  • DIY. Some repairs to your eaves 1 may be considered DIY, although hiring a pro is highly recommended because damage, particularly water damage, can be more extensive than can be seen with a visual inspection. Often what you can see, for example damage to the eaves 1, can be an indication that the entire area (fascia, soffit 3, bargeboard, and even rafters) may need replacement.


  • How much does it cost to replace eaves 1?

Replacing the eaves 1 will include fascia ($15 to $25 per linear foot 4), soffit 3 ($20 to $30 per linear foot 4), gutters ($850), and rafters ($300 - $800), plus finishing and painting.

In essence, the eaves 1 of the house are simply the covering of the roof rafter tails that extend beyond the walls of your home. When a house is being built, the builders start with framing. Part of the framing is the roof rafters that extend beyond the exterior walls of the house. Once the roof is laid across the rafters, boards known as fascia are attached to the rafter ends. Once the fascia is installed, soffits 3, sections of wood, are placed beneath the rafter tails between the exterior wall and the fascia.

Fixing roof eaves 1 is complicated because of the many parts that make up the eave 1. Depending on what part of the eave 1 is damaged it can require anything from an aesthetic paint touch-up to a complete replacement of one or more parts.

Not all homes have eaves 1. However, homes in areas that are prone to lots of rain and snow must have eaves 1 to protect the structure of the home from moisture damage.

Soffits 3 are only one part of a multicomponent eave 1.

Extending your roofing eaves 1 is best done during a complete roofing overhaul. All of the parts of the eaves 1 will have to be removed. Then, extended rafters can be installed after the previous rafters have been removed, then all of the other exterior eave 1 components and gutters will be replaced.

Not only can you, but you should. High-quality paints play a large role in protecting those of your eaves 1 from insects, water, and sun damage.

Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Eaves: The edge of a roof that connects with the wall of the building. Usually this part of the roof comes out further than the wall
glossary term picture Lead 2 Lead: A naturally occurring heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans, and has been used in paint, gasoline, piping, and other applications
glossary term picture Soffit 3 Soffit: Construction material, typically composed of vinyl or aluminum, used to enclose the underside of eaves and ceilings
glossary term picture Footing 4 Foot: A support for the foundation of a house that also helps prevent settling. It is typically made of concrete reinforced with rebar, but can also be made of masonry or brick. It is usually built under a heavier part of the house like a wall or column, to distribute the weight of the house over a larger area.
5 Fasteners: Hardware used to attach two or more objects to each other. A common example is a nail
6 Level: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.
glossary term picture Shingle 7 Shingle: A smooth, uniform, flat piece of construction material, available in a wide variety of materials and laid in a series of overlapping rows, used to cover the outside of roofs or walls to protect against weather damage and leaks.
8 Joints: (Also known as Seams) A fold, line, or groove where two pieces of material join together
glossary term picture Caulking 9 Caulking: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant
glossary term picture Epoxy 10 Epoxy: An adhesive, plastic, paint, or other material made from polymers containing epoxide groups. Epoxy is best used for bonding or for creating a protective coating
11 Mount: A support on which something is attached or hung
glossary term picture Vinyl 12 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
glossary term picture End Cap 13 End caps: A separate piece of finished material that covers the unfinished edges of a countertop
glossary term picture Truss 14 Truss: Structural framework used to support a roof

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Cost to repair roof eaves varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources