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How to Install Aluminum Soffits and Fascia

Consider the Many Advantages of Aluminum Soffit and Fascia Installation

Soffit and Fascia When roof leaks are suspected or identified, homeowners may act quickly to have the surface area of the roof re-covered/re-shingled before the wood underlays and/or rafters are subjected to more extensive water damage. While this action/reaction is admirable, not to mention necessary, homeowners need to concern themselves with all aspects of the roof that are wood-based – this includes the soffit and fascia that are found below the surface of the roof and are quite susceptible to rot and mold due to water damage.

Just to clarify, the terms soffit and fascia refer specifically to the following roof areas:

  • Soffit – the underside of the overhanging eaves
  • Fascia – the vertical trim along the edge of the roof

While most of the wood-based portions of a roof are protected by other materials, soffit and fascia are more directly exposed to the elements and therefore may require more frequent maintenance, particularly cleaning/washing and painting or staining. One way to eliminate a majority of this maintenance time and effort would be to cover them with pre-finished aluminum.

And, along with reducing maintenance time and effort – and associated costs – installing aluminum soffit and fascia offers several additional benefits to homeowners, including:

  • Enhanced aesthetics/curb appeal
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • A variety of colour options
  • Protection against rot, mold, stains
  • Augmented property values

Homeowners not opposed to investing some manual labour upfront in order to save time and money in the long run can tackle the job of installing their own aluminum soffit and fascia. An overview of that process follows (note – it is assumed that no roof-related issues exist and that existing soffit and fascia are free of rot and mold):

  • Materials
    • Soffit panels that are ventilated (perforated)
    • Fascia of the proper width (usually 6 or 8 inches)
    • J-channel – used to secure soffit panels to sides of the home
    • 11/2-inch stainless steel nails (colour-coded to match aluminum)
  • Preparations
    • Remove gutters (with care so they can be reinstalled)
    • Remove existing soffit vents
    • Cut new/additional venting into existing wood soffit
      • Total venting should be 1 square foot per 300 square feet of soffit area
    • Ensure that all corners, edges, and ends of existing fascia are smooth/square
  • Installing aluminum soffit
    • Secure J-channel tightly to the existing soffit where it abuts the sides of the house
    • Measure and cut panels (circular saw) – cut ¼-inch shorter than the width of the existing soffit to allow for easier insertion into the J-channel slot
    • Align the first panel squarely to the house using a framing or carpenter’s square
    • Nail the panel to the existing wood soffit – position the nails in the V-grooves of the aluminum soffit and use a nail set/punch to prevent hammer marks/damage
    • Join each additional panel (tongue-and-groove fashion) and nail in place as above
  • Installing aluminum fascia
    • Work in an ‘uphill’ direction i.e.: from lowest to highest points of the fascia
    • For corners/exposed edges, fascia can be bent to size (use a combination square)
    • Secure fascia starting in the middle of each length and work toward the ends
    • Overlap lengths of fascia by 1-2” so that the joints can shed water appropriately
      • Nail through each overlap to ensure that ends of these lengths are secure
      • Use a nail set/punch to again prevent unsightly hammer marks/damage

As noted previously, installation of soffit and fascia can be completed in a do-it-yourself albeit labour-intensive fashion. However, there may be any number of factors that can preclude homeowners from attempting such a project, including but not limited to:

  • The lack of experience working with aluminum
  • Lack of requisite tools (circular saw, tin snips, squares)
  • Skill in mitring corners, cutting around light sockets, etc.
  • Aversion to repeated trips up and down a ladder
  • Confidence in achieving the desired aesthetic appeal
  • Ability to complete the job within a reasonable time

Therefore, the professional installation of aluminum soffit and fascia by an experienced and trustworthy roofing company such as Avenue Road Roofing may be the preferred option. Although their initial costs may be higher than self-installation, homeowners can rest assured that they will still reduce long-term maintenance costs while simultaneously upgrading their soffit and fascia to the highest standards of quality and curb appeal.

Further information on the installation of aluminum soffit and fascia by Avenue Road Roofing can be reviewed here.

Avoid the labour-intensive self-installation of aluminum soffit and fascia by contracting the experience and expertise of Avenue Road Roofing. Call the specialists at Avenue Road Roofing today at 416-785-5129 or contact us to avoid any possible hassles or frustrations and ensure that the job gets done to the highest quality standards.

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How to Install Aluminum Soffits and Fascia
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When roof leaks are suspected or identified, homeowners may act quickly to have the surface area of the roof re-covered/re-shingled before the wood underlays and/or rafters are subjected to more extensive water damage. While this action/reaction is admirable, not to mention necessary, homeowners need to concern themselves with all aspects of the roof that are wood-based – this includes the soffit and fascia that are found below the surface of the roof and are quite susceptible to rot and mold due to water damage.
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