Bargeboard, 1908 illustration
This late Victorian house at 38 Princetown Road in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, has frilly bargeboards.[1]

A bargeboard or rake fascia is a board fastened to each projecting gable of a roof to give it strength and protection, and to conceal the otherwise exposed end grain of the horizontal timbers or purlins of the roof. The word bargeboard is probably from the Medieval Latin bargus, or barcus, a scaffold, and not from the now obsolete synonym vergeboard.

The Saitta House at Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York, built in 1899, has a thick bargeboard.[2]


Historically, bargeboards are sometimes moulded only or carved, but as a rule the lower edges were cusped and had tracery in the spandrels besides being otherwise elaborated. An example in Britain was one at Ockwells in Berkshire (built 1446–1465), which was moulded and carved as if it were intended for internal work.[3]

Modern residential rake fascias are typically made of 2-by dimensional lumber, with trim added for decoration and/or weatherproofing later.

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  1. ^ Patton, Marcus (1984). Historic Buildings , Groups of Buildings, Areas of Architectural Importance in Bangor and Groomsport. Belfast: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS). Princetown Road 30–40; ca 1890; Terrace of two-and-a-half-storey stucco houses with frilly barge boards to deep-eaved dormers over ground floor canted bays; ...
  2. ^ Saitta House – Report Part 1 Archived 2008-12-16 at the Wayback Machine”,
  3. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bargeboard". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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