Soffit and Fascia Installation, Repair, & Replacement

How your house looks depends on many different factors including the little details such as the soffit and fascia. Soffit and fascia is an important element that makes your home uniquely yours. At American Roofing Company, we provide soffit and fascia installation, as well as soffit and fascia replacement and repair to address all your home needs.
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Replacing your old soffit and fascia or covering your existing wood soffit and fascia with new aluminum will not only enhance the appearance of your home, but also protect those areas from damage. The best part? You won’t have to do any more painting. American Roofing Company’s aluminum soffit and fascia comes in numerous colors that will accent your home.

What is Soffit and Fascia?

An exterior soffit can be seen on the outside area of the house beneath the rafter tails. The fascia is the exposed band you see at the end of the rafters. Though small, these areas of a house’s exterior can make a big difference in the visual appeal and finish of your home.

Choose American Roofing Company for Your Soffit and Fascia Replacement Needs

Our team has been working on homes for decades. With more than 60 years of combined knowledge and experience in dealing with home exteriors, we can help recommend the right soffit and fascia look for your home.

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If you are considering having soffit and fascia installation, repair, and replacement roofing services on your home or commercial building, we would be happy to provide you with additional information and a free estimate.

FAQs

A soffit is both functional and aesthetic. Functionally, the soffit protects rafters on a house from rain, snow, and sun. Aesthetically, since it is a visible part of the exterior of a house, it serves as part of the overall visual look.

Water and sun exposure can cause damage to a soffit. This manifests as wet or dry rot in the wood.

The fascia is the exposed band you’ll notice at the end of rafters. The soffit is located beneath the rafters.

A ledger plate is attached to the wall, which then supports the soffit that goes underneath the rafters.

Yes, professional roofers are an excellent choice when you need your soffits replaced. Experienced roofers are skilled at repairing every aspect of a roof, including soffits and fascia, eaves, gutters, shingles, and much more.

If you were to replace your soffits yourself and it’s your first time, it could take you several hours to replace every 10 feet of soffit. In contrast, a practiced worker can cut that rate to about 30 minutes per 10 feet.

We recommend you inspect both your soffits and fascia every six months to decide if they need to be replaced. If you clean your roof gutters every six months, you can check your soffits at the same time. Put it on your calendar, or set a reminder on your smartphone.

Soffits may need to be replaced if you see:

  • Fungus, algae, or mold
  • Signs of wood rot
  • Soffits that are sagging or cracked
  • Chipped paint (which can let water in)
  • Missing soffits
  • Points where animals have gnawed on them

Yes, you can cover wooden soffits with vinyl or aluminum soffits, provided that the old soffits are in good condition. But wooden soffits should be inspected for rotten boards or other problems mentioned above. You can test for wood rot by probing each soffit with a screwdriver or awl. If it enters the wood too easily, the wood is rotten—and wood rot can spread.

Usually, wood rot is caused by water damage. Ideally, rain flows off of shingles, into gutters, and out of downspouts. However, some water may remain on shingles and gradually seep behind gutters and onto soffits, weakening and eventually rotting the wood. Other causes of damage include:

  • Overflowing gutters allowing water to fall
  • Ice dams
  • Leaks in gutters
  • Damaged shingles or flashing
  • Squirrels or birds in the eaves

It depends on the home, but if they’re in the way of replacing the soffits, you do need to remove gutters. Gutters often are attached to fascia, which in turn are interlocked with the soffit boards. This means you’ll need to remove your gutters before you can pull back the fascia and work on the soffits.

Yes, plywood can be used as soffit boards. When coated in protective paint, plywood can perform this role as well as natural wood. It also may be more available than natural wood in your area or for your budget, and it can weigh less while still offering the strength and rigidity needed.

This depends on the material of the soffit. If the soffits are made of wood, they may be rotted and must be replaced. However, if they are made of vinyl or aluminum, they may have simply come loose from the frame. You may be able to remove the section that is sagging and then reinstall it better so that the nails or screws pull it tight again, although you should hire someone to perform this task if you’re not experienced at working with vinyl or aluminum panels.

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