You may have heard your roofing or gutter contractor mention a fascia and you found yourself asking….what is a fascia?
The word fascia derives from Latin “fascia” meaning “band, bandage, ribbon, swathe”. The term is also used, although less commonly, for other such band-like surfaces like a wide, flat trim strip around a doorway, different and separate from the wall surface.
The horizontal “fascia board” which caps the end of rafters outside a building may be used to hold the rain gutter. The finished surface below the fascia and rafters is called the soffit or eave.
In classical architecture, the fascia is the plain, wide band across the bottom of the entablature, directly above the columns.