When looking up at your home, you’ll notice how the roof overhangs from the wall of the house. This part of your home involves the underside of the roof line as well as the exposed roof rafters. If this area is not protected, moisture can penetrate the home to allow water damage and mold to form.
Small animals such as birds, bats and other creatures will also use this area to try to enter your home to find a safe place to build nests. Lastly, this roof area should provide adequate ventilation and air circulation to the attic to help prolong the life of your roof. A way to protect this important part of the roofing system is to install and repair the soffit and fascia.
What is Soffit and Fascia?
Soffit and fascia can be confused with each other. Simply put, soffit allows for attic ventilation as it consists of metal panels with vents. The soffit is placed along the roof line’s underside. The fascia is like trimming for your roof that protects the exposed rafters while preventing rain and creatures from entering.
Before Soffit and Fascia Installation
Inspect the roof to look for loose shingles, rotten boards or obstructions. Always repair the roof instead of covering it up as the existing minor damage can lead to worse problems. Now is also the time to measure the square footage of the area that will receive the soffits and fascia. Soffit comes in sizes of 12 foot panels that can be 12-inches to 16-inches wide as you’ll want to buy extra for overlaps.
You’ll place in receiving channels, called F-channels and J-channels, every 12-inches along the wall. Make sure to leave at least a 1/4-inch gap between the channels to allow expansion along the walls. Cut the soffit panels based on the measurements of the wall to the fascia while subtracting 1/2-inch from the measurements to allow for panel movement.
Nail in the soffits so that they form a 90-degree angle to the wall. Once in the slots, the panels should meet. The tongue and grooves on the underside of the panel will line up to the panel beside it.
Measure and cut the fascia based on the area where it will be installed. Place the top edge of the fascia underneath the drip edge as the bent bottom lip will tuck underneath the installed soffit. You want to start the work on the eaves at the back of the house and at the bottom of the rakes to hide the gaps when overlapping. Every 24-inches, you’ll install nails or drill in screws carefully so as not to buckle the metal.
Make sure to overlap every piece of fascia by 6 inches. When attaching the fascia, never place in a nail that is 3-inches from the end of the fascia piece. It can cause the fascia to pull away and create a gap.
Placing Fascia Along Corners and Peaks
Always make sure the first piece of fascia is wrapped around the corners so that the second piece overlaps to give a nice, clean look. The second fascia piece should end flush along the corner. When placing fascia along the peaks, notch the bottom lip of the first piece at the place where it hits the soffit. Then place on the second fascia piece as it will overlap to form a plumb cut.
Let Our Company Show You How to Install Soffit and Fascia
Installing soffit and fascia can be a very involved process depending on the size of the roof and architectural styles of your home. By having Dominion Roofing perform the installation and repairs, we can show you the correct way on how to install soffit and fascia so it is functional and beautiful. Contact us today to learn more about our soffit and fascia installation process.