How to finish your fascia to complete the outdoor space of your dreams.
One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from both contractors and homeowners is, “I love the look of stone on top of my deck, but how do I finish the fascia of the deck structure?”. Today we’ll be taking a look at different options for you to finish the fascia of your deck structure, as well as how you can finish the risers and stringers of stairs to your elevated structure.
Finishing the fascia or the side of the structure can be done in a number of different ways. If you like the look of treated lumber, you can certainly apply cedar or redwood to your rim joist. This method is often used to hold the pavers or stone decking material in place.
You can use composite lumber for your fascia as well. Covering your fascia in a vinyl product is also another great option. These methods have been used quite a number of times on different projects, and allows for greater design options with the blending of composite or vinyl, and stone together. Aluminum or cement board can also be applied for a great finished look. As you can see in the picture below, the horizontal stone surface hangs over the vertical surface in order to allow for proper water run-off, and better protect the wooden substructure.
If you want a complete stone look on your deck structure, you can also apply the same stone from the horizontal surface of the structure to the rim joist by gluing the stone and using a ledger board for support until the glue sets up, or in some cases, using the ledger board as part of the finished design. We recommend using a glue that is not caustic to plastic, has a high-strength, flexible, weather resistant, one-part, has excellent memory, and is not hard-setting. There are multiple construction glues on the market that are sufficient, but we recommend SureBond-190.
For a more spectacular look, there are a number of exterior faux stone products on the market that look amazing with our system when combined with a quality marine plywood, or applied to the rim joist alone. With this method, the stone on the horizontal surface can extend over to cap the fascia or vertical surface, and the faux stone can be adhered with an appropriate construction glue.
When a second story deck is installed and there is an underdeck living space, the supporting posts can be wrapped in stone to give the look of stone pillars. This is a great option, as the StoneDeks System is compatible with most underdeck drainage systems, and allows for underdeck living spaces to be achieved.
For steps, there are multiple options available for the finished look. You can apply composite to the risers and use stone on the treads for the blended look, or use stone on both the treads and the risers to give you a complete look of stone steps. The stringers can be covered in faux stone, wrapped in aluminum, covered in composite or vinyl, or have a continued stone look from the horizontal surface of your deck and stairs.
As you can see, there are many options for finishing the fascia of your StoneDek structure, just as there are many design options for the top surface of your deck. And that, my friends, is part of the fun in creating the outdoor space of your dreams using the StoneDeks System!
If you have any ideas or questions about finishing your fascia, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us here!