Knowing what role your house’s parts play in protecting your home can help you better detect problems early on. If you’re the do-it-yourself type and you need to repair or want to install your own new soffit and fascia, look no further than United Building Supply, Inc. for your building supplies and installation tips.
While your soffit – the underside of your roof that covers the under-hang and prevents animals intrusions – and fascia – the band running horizontally under a roof edge – don’t have to be installed or upgraded at the same time, doing so provides your home with a uniform look all around.
Installation of these materials are important as they also protect your home from water damage. Additionally, uniform soffit and fascia materials can provide an enhanced finish for your residential or commercial building.
We’ve come up with some tips and tricks to help you with your soffit and fascia installation:
Covered vs. Uncovered Soffit – If you’re dealing with a soffit that is already covered, you can simply install new soffit on top of that. If there has never been a covering on the soffit-hollow, however, then you will need to use a J-channel for support. In the event the previous soffit has been removed, you will again need to use the J-channel.
Leave room for Expansion – It’s necessary to leave room for expansion. In climates with extremely cold weather, it’s recommended you leave 5/16 of an inch at each end of the soffits. This way, when temperatures get extreme, your materials have ample room to adjust without bending the soffit.
Fascia – While you need to cut your fascia to the height of your rafter, make sure to allow enough overlap so you can wrap it around the underside of the rafter and have it rest on the soffit on the channel.
For the best appearance possible, you should miter the fascia at the corner: cut a V shape at the bottom, mark a line where the fascia meets the corner, and nail it in place every 24 inches. Nails can be painted afterwards to match the trim.
If you’re in need of quality building materials, such as soffits, fascia or even more, look no further than United Supply Building, Inc. for top notch service and high quality building supplies.