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Fascia and Soffit Installation Instructions


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Soffit and fascia boards are fundamental attachments to any modern roof. These roof supplements are installed immediately after the roof has been set up, just before other roofing materials are installed.

Installing fascia and soffit boards requires having the right pieces of UPVC, pine, cedar, or ply materials. You can achieve varied finishes and variations, among which are tongue and groove boards, spaced patterns, and flat plain plywood.

What Are Soffits and Fascias?

Before we release the long-awaited fascia and soffit installation instructions, we’ve to make you understand what soffits and fascias are.

What Are Fascias?

Fascias are horizontal roof supplements that cover the edges of a roof. They hang on the walls, sealing any gaps in between the roof and walls. Fascia boards are quite beautiful and super effective.

Fascias are mostly made of conventional materials such as aluminum, wood, and uPVC. Wood fascias are widely loved because of their affordability. Unfortunately, fascias made of wood are susceptible to water damage, and so they need to be repainted over time to boost their looks.

Aluminum fascias are durable and costly. They are the favorite choice in most industrial and commercial buildings.

UPVC fascias are the perfect alternatives to wood fascias in residential homes. They are more durable and easy to maintain besides being cheap. They come in multiple impressive styles, shapes, and colors.

What Are Soffits?

Soffits are essential roofing supplements that serve the same role as fascias. Soffits are mounted facing the walls at an angle of 90 degrees. Soffits are mostly installed below the fascia boards to close the hole between the wall and the fascia.

Soffits work to smooth the property finish by hiding ugly-looking rafter ends and closing gaps created by the walls and roofs. Soffits are mostly made of uPVC, wood, steel, aluminum, and fiber cement materials. Steel soffits come in multiple color choices, are durable, and allow for easy pre-cutting.

Fiber cement soffits are light in weight, affordable, waterproof, and come in many color choices. They are still not as popular as steel soffits, though. Aluminum soffits are highly durable, easy to install and maintain, and high resistance to chipping and cracking.

Fascia and Soffit Installation Instructions—How and What to Do

The installation instructions for fascias and soffits are almost the same. However, since they are installed at varied time-frames and serve diverse roles, the installation steps vary, anyway.

Installation Instructions for Fascias

Here is all you should know about the installation of fascias, starting from measuring the boards to nailing and gluing them to the wall.

Measuring Fascia Boards Ready For Installation

  1. Pin the tape from one end of the board and take the measurements.
  2. For full fascia board installation, measure the board one rafter to the other.
  3. For partial installation, measure the gaps of the boards independently.
  4. Transfer your measurements onto the fascia board’s length. Use a carpenter square for the measurement transfer to achieve straight and accurate cuts.

The Fascia Board Installation Process

Since you have got the measurements ready, start the fascia board installation process.

  1. Place the fascia board such that it sits in level and front of the soffit board
  2. Mount the board to the rafters using stainless steel nails. The nails should be spaced evenly.
  3. When setting the fascia board, check its width, ensuring it doesn’t cross over to block the smooth opening of the windows. It should sit securely such that it can fully support the gutter’s roof tiles’ weight.
  4. Using a small piece of the fascia material, cover the ends of the box
  5. Set the fascia trims and corners such that they give a clean and impressive look

Installation Instructions for Soffits

Follow these steps to have your soffit boards securely and firmly attached under the fascia to seal the spacing between the fascia and walls.

How to Measure Soffit Boards

  1. Start by measuring how wide the spacing underneath the eaves is. You can do this starting from the wall to the exterior area of the eave board.
  2. Using these measurements, cut the soffit board to the desired width and length.
  3. Ensure the measurements are equal to the ones given in the installation instructions.
  4. Different types of soffit boards will have different types of installation instructions, so pay keen attention.

How To Install Soffit Boards

  1. Use pins or plastic capped nails to mount the soffits to the timber.
  2. The installation should be such that the soffit sits 90 degrees to the adjacent wall. You are advised to use more nails to avert issues with rattling during harsh weather.
  3. Leave small spacing between the soffit boards to allow for smooth placement of the soffit joint trims.
  4. There should as well be an 8 to 10-millimeter gap to ensure efficient expansion to avoid issues with cracking, warping, or splitting.

Cost Of Installing Or Replacing Soffits and Fascias

In installing soffits and fascias, you’ve to know how much it may cost you. That’s to get you mentally prepared to handle any financial glitch that may come your way.

We can’t give an exact or estimated cost of replacing or installing fascias and soffits in all parts of the world.

The cost is usually dependent on a whole lot of factors, the type of soffits and fascias you use being the main ones. However, you can keep the prices low by looking for cheaper deals when shopping for soffits and fascias. You can as well save money by doing the installation work yourself instead of hiring a pro.

Fascia and Soffit Installation Instructions—Conclusion

Installing soffits and fascias requires you to be mentally and material-wise prepared. It would help if you had everything ready, including the materials and tools you will use during the installation process.

You wouldn’t want to make any mistake while working with different types and sizes of soffits and fascias. So, prepare yourself first and the workplace, so you can make the exercise less hectic and quite fun.

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