When discussing roof soffits, the “soffit” is the piece that covers the underside of the section of the roof that juts out from the side of the house. Fascia is a piece of trim that extends down from the roof edge at the eaves. The fascia covers the space between the soffit and the roof.
You need to stand under the eaves of your roof and look up to see the soffit on your home. Then, to see the fascia, you need to stand away from your home to look at the piece of trim that runs the entire length of the soffit. The fascia is the trim piece that typically holds the gutters on the home.
Tip 1: Aluminum Soffit and Fascia Installation: Measure Carefully
Carefully measure the entire area before choosing soffits and fascia. Manufacturers create soffit panels in different lengths and widths. You’ll have to figure out how many panels you’ll need to complete your project.
Always plan for more than what you measure. Most home roof repair specialists recommend purchasing enough to cover about 5% more space than what you measure.
Tip 2: Soffit and Fascia Install Instructions: Prepare the Area
First, remove the gutters and existing trim. Then, reattach any loose boards or shingles. Make sure all surfaces are uniform and straight.
Tip 3: Vinyl Soffit Installation: Complete Soffit Installation Before You Install the Fascia
Whether installing vinyl or aluminum soffit, complete the soffit installation process before installing the fascia.
Tip 4: Aluminum Soffit Installation: Leave Room for Expansion
If you complete soffit installation with aluminum materials, leave around ¼ inch expansion room at the end of each soffit. If you live in a colder climate, you might want to make that cap 1/16 of an inch wider. Not completing this detail in the soffit installation process may cause the soffit to bend as it expands and contracts due to the weather.
The same holds true with aluminum fascia installation.
Tip 5: Installing Soffit and Fascia: Consider the Soffit and Fascia Installation Cost
While we understand why some homeowners feel a deep sense of satisfaction when completing exterior home repair and remodeling projects on their own, consider the costs and time involved with this project. New soffit and fascia installations (along with siding replacement) are not typically DIY projects.
Contact a Professional Before Installing Soffits and Fascia
We have installed premium home siding and trim products since 1989, and our technicians have the extensive training and installation knowledge necessary to ensure each fascia and soffit repair is done correctly.