Roof eaves extend the roof beyond the walls of your home. Properly designed and installed they provide shade and divert water away from features of your home that are vulnerable to moisture damage. They are made up of the soffit, the underside where the roof meets the home’s siding, and the fascia, which is the foreword facing transition trim that runs along the roof and home’s sides. Keeping them in good condition protects your residence from the elements and maintains the structure’s visual curbside appeal.
The national average cost to repair roof eaves damage runs from $460 to $1,330. Most people pay around $900 to have a carpenter repair a 30 linear feet section of the soffit and fascia damaged by moisture or insects. At the low end of the spectrum, you will pay $180 to repaint a 30 feet section. At the high end of the cost spectrum, you can pay up to $4,100 to inspect and repair rotted eaves.
|Roof Eaves Repair Cost|
|National average cost||$900|
The price to repair eaves ranges from $6 to $20 per linear foot for simple repairs and can go up to $3,500 to repair complex problems like rotted eaves that would require replacing several roof components. The repair can involve repainting and repairing sections of soffit (the underside of the eave), fascia (the forward-facing surface of the eave), or the gutters. Prices 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.
|Type of Repair||Average Cost (Labor Included)|
|Paint||$6 - $7/linear foot|
|Fascia Repair||$6 - $16/linear foot|
|Soffit Repair||$6 - $20/linear foot|
|Gutter Repair||$100 - $250/problem|
|Rafter Tail Repair||$300 - $3,000/problem|
|Rotted Eaves Repair||$300 - $3,500/problem|
|Bird Nest Removal||$350 - $650/nest|
Sanding and painting the eaves costs around $6 to $7 linear foot. The price to paint them using good quality latex paints will protect them from weathering and UV light damage. When choosing 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 seven and ten years.
The price to repair fascia runs from $6 to $16 per linear foot. Fascia boards can sustain cracking, peeling, spots of rot, or pest damage. 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. To repair the fascia, the gutter system will need to be removed. The area of concern on the fascia is usually cut away and replaced with a new board. Once repaired, the gutter system is reattached to the new area of the fascia board.
The cost to repair cracks, rot, peeling paint, and other damage to a soffit ranges from $6 to $20 per linear foot. The repairs on a soffit are relatively easy for an experienced carpenter or repair person who will also know how to identify deeper problems within the roof or eaves which might need to be addressed. In many situations, hairline crack repair in the soffit, minus any underlying causes, can easily be tackled by a repair person. The repair person will pry off the shingle board, cut away the area of rot or damage, and replace the old soffit with a new board. Once done, they will reattach the shingle board.
The roof gutters of your home often require repair, ranging from $100 to $250 depending on the problem. You might also need to have a section of loose gutter reattached to or a loose downspout repaired. If the water from the leaking gutter has damaged the eaves, you might need to have a section of the eave fixed or replaced before repairing the gutter.
Repairs can become complicated with a rafter tail repair which averages $300 to $3,000. The rafters of your home act as the roof’s skeletal support system. Rafter tails are sections that reach beyond the exterior walls. The tails act as the foundation for the attachment of the fascia and the soffit. Eave damage is often an indication of damage to the rafter tails, which is usually beyond the skills of a common carpenter and requires a roofer’s expertise to repair.
The cost to repair sections of rotting eaves ranges from $300 to $3,500, depending on the size of the problematic area. The high price of this repair is because it often requires sections of the fascia and gutter to be completely replaced. The area has to be inspected. The shingle mold is removed, the rotted areas of the fascia, gutters, and soffits taken off, and then the new sections of cleat, rafter, new soffit, fascia, crown molding, and shingle molding are attached and sealed. Rotting may not be instantly recognizable. Peeling paint, cracks, and sagging or overflowing gutters can indicate a deeper problem.
The cost to effectively remove bird nests or other pests and vermin ranges from $350 to $650. Infestation with birds, animals, and pests is very common. Many build homes or nests in the sheltered location. However, having pests and vermin make their home in your eaves and possibly gain access to your attic is a hazard to your wood, insulation, and wiring. Birds, rodents, and vermin also carry harmful bacteria and parasites. You must have the nests removed and any damage repaired to restore the structure’s integrity.
The eaves and the overhang of a home are basically the same thing, which is why you will often see the two terms used interchangeably. Overhang is actually the distance the roof extends from the wall (the lower edge of the roof), which is formed by the eave ’s size, specifically how much it overhangs on the edge of the house. Because they are the same roof component, the cost to repair eaves and overhangs will be the same.
The labor cost to repair eaves ranges from $50 to $100 per hour depending on which trade is working on the problem area, carpenter, painter, repair person, or roofing contractor. The average price to repair a 30 linear feet section of the soffit and fascia damaged by moisture or insects is $900. Out of this, $150 to $500 is the labor cost for three to five hours of work. The remaining $400 to $750 is the price of materials.
The damage that you notice on the exterior portions of the eaves 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 mold, if one exists, is carefully removed first, hopefully, to be returned if it is not damaged. Next, the fasteners holding the gutters in place are pried loose, and the gutters removed. If the gutters are not damaged, they can be reused. However, the fasteners, often damaged during removal, are typically replaced for a nominal cost.
Once the gutters are cleared away, the seams and caulking around the fascia should be carefully cut, and the board should be incrementally pried away from the wall. An experienced carpenter or repair person can do this without causing further unnecessary damage. With the fascia boards out of the way, the soffit boards should slide out relatively easily. Of course, the soffits may be nailed in place, which would require careful removal of the nails. At this point, the exterior components are out of the way, and the pro can then get a good look at the interior rafter tails and assess the damage. If damage is found, they will replace a section three times the length of the damaged section and slide an appropriately sized board next to the damaged section to secure it before the old section is cut away. Then working in reverse, they will replace the exterior components with brand new pieces or the originals that remain in good shape.
When severe damage occurs to the eaves of your home, you’ll be faced with the cost of replacement which ranges from $1 to $20 per linear foot depending on the type of materials used. Wood is the most common material and usually the most affordable. However, in some cases, the material used might be PVC or aluminum. Below is a chart outlining the price of the various materials per linear foot.
|Eave Material||Cost per Linear Foot (Materials Only)|
|Wood||$1 - $3|
|PVC||$3 - $7|
|Aluminum||$8 - $20|
The cost to replace wood eaves ranges from $1 to $3 per linear foot for materials, depending on whether it’s made of spruce, pine, fir, or cedar. Wood the most common option used because of its affordability and classic look. However, it requires regular priming and painting to preserve its durability. Usually, the forward-facing trim boards on the fascia that cover the rafter tails and extend up to the roof and beyond the walls of the home are made from wood. The soffit is another area that is usually wood and highly susceptible to rot. Regularly inspect your wooden eaves for areas of concern and then have the wood replaced or repaired before the damage becomes extensive.
PVC eaves are becoming more popular because they offer longevity and look fantastic. They are affordable to replace at only $3 to $7 per linear foot for material. PVC is not prone to rot, and you do not have to worry about painting. Most PVC is UV resistant and lasts for a long time without fading or cracking when exposed to extreme weather fluctuations. PVC is easy to work with and lightweight. Perforation holes allow the PVC to breathe and make it highly resistant to moisture.
The cost of aluminum eaves ranges from $8 to $20 per linear foot for material. Aluminum fascias and soffits are easy to install and lightweight. Plus, the metal is highly durable and resistant to weather changes. Once installed, they can easily protect your home for 15 to 20 years before requiring replacement. Another nice thing about the metal is that it deters pests and vermin who will not chew through the metal to cause damage to the roof rails.
The price to replace eaves ranges from $15 to $30.85 per linear foot including labor or $3 to $9 per board foot for rafter tail replacement. The facia is the cheapest area to replace. A roof tail replacement tends to cost the most because you will need a skilled roofer to carry out the repairs. You should have a skilled professional inspect your eaves to determine if they need replacement. Below is a chart outlining the repair price, including both labor and materials.
|Eave Part||Replacement Cost (Labor Included)|
|Rafter Tail||$3 - $9/board foot|
|Roof Gutters||$3.65 - $30.85/linear foot|
|Fascia||$15 - $25/linear foot|
|Soffit||$20 - $30/linear foot|
Rafter tail replacement is complicated and usually charged $3 to $9 per board foot. Sometimes, you may be quoted for the whole project based on your roof size, pitch, slope, and the area that requires replacement. The rafters of your home provide support for the roof. The rater tails extend beyond the exterior walls to the eaves of the home. The soffit and fascia are attached to the rafter tails. In some situations, your home might have a complicated rafter tail system known as a truss system. If damage occurs to the rafters, then it will require prompt replacement by an experienced roofing contractor.
Roof gutters average $3.65 to $30.85 for replacement, depending on the material used. Gutters work by diverting rainwater and melting snow away from the side of your home so that moisture does not accumulate. You can purchase gutters in a wide array of materials such as vinyl, plastics, copper, or aluminum. Sometimes the hangers that affix the gutters to the eaves become loose or damaged and need replacement. Fine lines and cracks can also develop in the gutters, causing leaks that lead to necessary replacement.
The cost to replace fascia ranges from $15 to $25 per linear foot for labor and materials. The fascia stands up to the elements and serves as a mount for your home’s gutter system. The price to replace the fascia varies depending on the extent of the damage and the materials used to replace the damaged area. Recently, contractors and homeowners have started opting for PVC and vinyl replacements because they are more durable, affordable, and require less maintenance than wood and aluminum.
Soffit replacement costs range from $20 to $30 per linear foot for labor and materials. Soffit damage occurs for various reasons. The area can become cracked, rust, or rotten if it is wood. Sometimes you’ll need to have the entire damaged section of the soffit replaced. Luckily, it is a very easy replacement job for an experienced carpenter or repair person.
The cost to replace an eave averages $15 to $30.85 per linear foot for materials and labor, depending on the part that you intend to replace. The price to repairthemaverages $6 to $20 per linear foot, depending on the type of repair. The decision to replace or repair will be determined by the cause and extent of the damage. Eaves are complicated because they are vulnerable to elements and are made up of several components that, once damaged, will cause more damage to other parts of the roof and walls. The weather and age take their toll, causing chipping paint, small cracks, and splits. These issues caused by regular wear and tear can be repaired relatively inexpensively. However, what initially appears to be minimal damage from the outside, can be quite extensive upon deeper inspection. Unless your home has been severely neglected, the need to replace the entire eaves is unlikely. In most cases, repairing the components of the eaves requires the replacement of specific sections of soffit, fascia, gutter, or rafter tails. Below is a chart outlining the cost to repair eaves versus the cost to replace them.
|Task||Cost per Linear Foot (Labor Included)|
|Repair Eaves||$6 - $20|
|Replace Eaves||$15 - $30.85|
As with any exterior weaknesses on your home, broken eaves leave the structure exposed to damaging elements. Rain, snow, and ice, if allowed to permeate through an opening in the eaves, causing water damage to ceilings, walls, and even to the foundation. This moisture will 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 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 and other parasites that could endanger your family’s health.
One of the first signs you might need to repair your eaves is the presence of peeling paint. When peeling paint appears, 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 or the roof above. A thorough inspection lets you know if you need the help of a professional painter, roofer, or carpenter.
Another indication that you have a serious eave problem is cracks and splits that develop in time from exposure to the weather and the natural process of aging. They indicate that there is a problem that needs attention sooner than later. Depending on the location and material, it may be possible to fill cracks and splits in the soffit or fascia. Sagging gutters are another sign of aging. Gutters may also sag after an extreme storm which can knock things loose if there is excessive wind or rain. Most often, sagging gutters are caused by a failure of hangers or fasteners. 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 succumb to exposure and wear and tear.
One of the most overlooked problems in the eaves is rotting. Rotting may not be instantly recognizable until the damage is extensive and past the time it can be effectively repaired. In such a situation, your only option might be to replace the damaged area. Remember, peeling paint, cracks, and sagging or overflowing gutters can indicate a deeper problem, so be sure to pay attention to the signs that indicate you have eave problems.
It cannot be stressed enough how proper eave maintenance and care extends their life. Regular gutter cleanings, snow and ice removal, and yearly inspections ensure that each part of your roof and eaves continues to do its job and offers adequate protection. However, if you live in an area where months of snow and freezing temperatures are common, caring for them is vital. When snow buildup is allowed on the roof, the heat from the interior can cause the snow to melt. This water will travel down the slope, collect at the eaves and gutters, and freeze, causing an ice dam. Of course, snow on the roof continues to melt, creating an ever-growing pool of water. If left unaddressed, ice continues to build up and puts increased weight on the eaves and gutters. The water eventually finds 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. Water damage is probably the greatest threat to your home. Similar to what happens when an ice dam forms, a buildup of debris in your gutters causes water to overflow. Gutter cleanings, snow removal, and yearly inspections prevent small problems from becoming big problems. These preventative measures go a long way toward keeping your roof functioning properly and identifying potential problems before the damage has a chance to spread throughout.
The average cost of a roof inspection is between $100 and $600. Upon your inspection, if you feel that your eaves need work, consider having a professional do a complete inspection before proceeding. Damage to the eaves could involve shingle or structural damage above. While inspection from below is fine for a homeowner, climbing onto the roof yourself without the proper equipment is not advisable. You should also make sure that the area below the damaged eave is clear of debris, outdoor furniture, and other removable obstructions.
Depending on your home’s architectural design, you might want to extend the roof overhang, which can cost you from$50 to $85 per linear foot with material and labor included. When extending the overhang, be sure to check with your local building code department. In some areas, an eave can only extend past the wall a particular distance because of the danger of the wind catching overhang and ripping the structure’s roof off.
Eave protectors cost from $1 to $2 per sq.ft. and are made of inexpensive materials. However, they protect and extend the life of your soffit and fascia. These protectors, also known as ice-barrier membranes, are adhesive strips layered between the end of the shingles and the gutters. They prevent the pooling of water and ice buildup during cold weather months.
Installing eave vent strips, also called continuous soffit, costs $5 to $10 per linear foot. As discussed above, water and moisture are a major threat to your home. The vent strips improve air circulation and prevent the collection of moisture in your attic. Condensation collecting in the attic can damage your roof and encourage the growth of unhealthy mold and mildew.
The cost of a drip edge is about $1 to $2 per linear foot for material, plus the cost of installation. However, the cost of the drip edge is usually included in the cost of a roof replacement. The drip edge runs along the fascia and roof deck and directs the water coming down into the gutter. It prevents water from backing up on the fascia and under the shingles. Install or upgrade drip edges to create a watertight seal around the entire eave
The cost to clean gutters by a professional service averages about $150 to $225, depending on where you live. Gutters are an essential part of your roof and eaves. When having the eaves repaired, it’s a good time to have them cleaned. If they become clogged with leaves and other debris, the debris forms a dam or blockage, causing the water to pool up in the gutter and overflow. The water can lead to rot and mold and mildew growth which can easily damage your them.
Roof eaves are repaired in various ways. Cracks and chips can easily be sealed. Areas that are flaking or have discolored paint might require a new application of paint. Rot areas are usually cut away and replaced with new material. If there is a pest infestation, the pests must be safely removed, and any damage promptly repaired.
Soffit replacement price ranges from $20 to $30 per linear foot for labor and materials.
Yes, some roofers replace fascia boards, but typically, you need a carpenter or repair person to carry out the task.
Replacing eaves costs $15 to $30.85 per linear foot for materials and labor, depending on the material you will choose. This means that to replace 225 linear feet, you can expect to spend between $225 and $4,500.
In essence, the eaves 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 rrafters 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 are placed beneath the rafter tails between the exterior wall and the fascia.
Fixing roof eaves is complicated because of the many parts that make them up. Depending on what part 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. However, homes in areas prone to lots of rain and snow must have them to protect the structure of the home from moisture damage.
Soffits are only one part of a multicomponent eave.
Extending your roofing eaves is best done during a complete overhaul. All of the parts of the eaves have to be removed. Then, extended rafters can be installed after the previous rafters have been removed, then all of the other exterior eave 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 from insects, water, and sun damage.