Many of our clients have told us that soffit and fascia does not sound like something that should be on your roof but on a dish. They are right, it is a bit of a weird term but highly important to the structure of your roof. Soffit and fascia is also sometimes referred to as the ‘roofline’
What is a roofline?
The soffit and fascia are the lower parts of your roof where the wall bricks meet with the roof. The gutter is attached to the soffit and fascia, the main purpose of it is to support the gutter.
Every house needs a proper Soffit and fascia because a properly installed Soffit and fascia adds structure to your roof. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the importance of it.
In this article you will find out how to properly install a soffit and fascia, this information is suited for a DIY handyman. If you are unsure about your DIY status, contact a local professional to do it for you.
When to replace?
Before we get into the steps of how to install your soffit and fascia, we want to address the lifespan of a properly installed soffit and fascia. Normally it lasts shorter than your average roofline (15 – 20 year) Simply because it is the foot of the structure and takes on a heavy load of pressure. Often soffit and fascia are made from wood so the likelihood of deteriorate increases. Other reasons to change the soffit and fascia are:
– Asbestos – if you suspect there might be asbestos on your property it often lives in the soffit and fascia. It is hard and dangerous to identify asbestos; we advise you to consult with an expert on this matter.
– Holes or cracks – As a homeowner it is justified to be concerned when you see holes or cracks in the roofline. In this case, time of reaction can really make a difference in the total bill of repair.
– Animal nesting – Bird, squirrels and other animals love the shelter and warmth of a soffit and fascia. If they find a hole or a crack in your roofline, they will make use of that opportunity and create a nest. Besides it being annoying, it can also be extremely damaging to your roof in general.
After reading this you might think the material (wood) is to blame for most of the damages, you are right. There are other material options out on the market which you can make use of such as;
1. Aluminium Fascia boards
2. Composite Fascia boards
3. Vinyl Fascia boards
Although, all material comes with their own advantages and disadvantages but more of that in the types of fascia’s and soffit article.
Now that you have a small background on what soffit and fascia’s are, why they are important and what types of material there are available we can now move on to the core of this piece of writing.
how to install soffit and fascia
We recommend you not to start working on your roofline unless you are an experienced builder. There are to many things that can go wrong if are not secure in your ability. Besides the experience warning, we also want to put out that it can take longer than expected so be prepared. If you are confident in your ability, read on.
1. First thing first, examine the soffit and fascia, not just the damaged or affected area. You need to do a full 360 examination around the house before you start drafting your game plan. Also, make sure the check if the gutter will not be affected by your interference.
2. Measure the width and the length of the fascia and soffit that you are looking to replace. Order the parts you need and a little bit extra. Normally soffit panels come in 5 metre lengths by 300mm with.
3. When you got your new material ready, got your toolkit prepared and your attention on the task it is ready to get your hands dirty (figuratively) Remove the current soffit and fascia. If you have an asbestos problem in your roofline, make sure you take the needed precaution to ensure safety.
4. When the current panels are removed, examine the inside area of your soffit and fascia, clean it thoroughly and remove all rubbish with a broom.
5. Now you will have to prepare the new panels which you will install shortly, cut the Fascia’s and soffit panels which you bought. When cutting them remember that they are supposed to be held in place by nails. The nails need to be separated by at least 12 inches for the structure to hold. When cutting the panels, leave about 2 cm room between the panels and the walls in case of expansion.
6. At this point you have everything ready, the old fascia’s and soffits are removed, you cleaned the affected area, the new ones have been cut into the right size. Now we will bring this all together, install the Fascia’s and soffits panels. Make sure the panels are aligned to each other, you can easily tell if they are aligned by the grooves on the panels
7. That is all, you have successfully installed a new soffit and fascia onto your roof. It wasn’t that hard right?
Oh, I forgot to mention all the tools you will need to do this job;
• Soffit panels
• Channel strips
• Panel fascia
• Pry bar
• Tape measure
• Hand saw
• Framing square
These are the main tools needed to fix your soffit and fascia, make sure you are aware of your health and safety. A mistake I see many people make is to not insure themselves before climbing up on a ladder. In case something goes wrong, having insurance will really ease the mind and help with recovery.
Doing it yourself can be very satisfying, just the idea of being able to fix your house yourself is alluring. Although, it is not for everyone. Some people are not experienced enough, others do not have the time, and some prefer a professional fixing the roof for them. Whatever your reason is, we are here to help you.
Even if you are halfway started into fixing it yourself but you ran into problems, call us and we will consult you, or take the job from your hands and do an excellent job. Here is what some of our clients had to say about the job.