Understand Soffit and Fascia

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 blogdamage. 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.

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Types of House Siding

There are few home improvement projects that can improve the curb appeal of your house like new siding. Deciding how much time you want to spend maintaining your siding and what look you want will greatly help you choose the right kind for your house.house

Wood – Wood offers a rich look and traditional charm but can be expensive. Although it’s resistant to denting, wood can warp and burn and is vulnerable to rot and insects. This type of siding will require periodic maintenance and can last anywhere from 10 to 100 years.

Fiber-Cement – Fiber-cement siding has recently gained popularity with many homeowners. This siding looks the most like real wood but costs much less. Fiber-cement is also insect proof, non-flammable and takes much less time to maintain. However, fiber-cement faces moisture-related problems can be damaged when water freezes and thaws.

Bricks & Stones – Full brick or full stone siding can offer both an attractive look and long-lasting siding for any house. However, this siding material is heavy, can be expensive and typically requires the expertise of an experienced installer to ensure proper support. Bricks and stones are low-maintenance, they provide lots of different color and texture options and they will not rot and are impenetrable to insects.

Vinyl – Vinyl has become the most popular siding material as it is cheap and requires the least amount of upkeep to maintain. Although vinyl can crack and melt, it is relatively durable, available in different forms and colors, it is not susceptible to insects and it won’t ever rot.

If you’re searching for new siding for your house, look no further than United Building Supply, Inc. We’re proud to provide great service and some of the best siding options on the market, including CedarMAX and HeartTech vinyl siding.

Check out what Consumer Reports has to say about both CedarMAX and HeartTech sidings today.

 

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