Cleaning and repairing broken soffit and fascia coverings is one of the fastest ways to take the appearance of years off your house. Soffit and fascia are the covering that wrap around and under the eaves of your roof.
They can become moldy and broken after years of exposure to the weather and cause make the house look a lot more run down that it may actually be. A few simple steps are all it takes to get these exterior surfaces spruced up and looking like new again.
Several different types of material are used to create soffit and fascia coverings. The most popular on homes built in the last 15 years or so is vinyl. Vinyl coverings are popular for several reasons. First, and probably most importantly, they are inexpensive. 10’ long pieces of product can be purchased for just a few dollars. It is easy to work with and if you make an inaccurate cut, it’s not going to cost you a ton of money.
Another feature that makes vinyl a popular choice is that can be cleaned. If mildew does start to grow on the vinyl, it can be removed with a pressure washer and some soap and water. The same can’t be said for wooden products, which must first be cleaned and then repainted. That is another factor that makes vinyl a popular option. It never needs to be painted.
If you have an older home, then you may have aluminum soffit and fascia coverings. These were very popular in the middle 1900’s because aluminum didn’t rust and could be molded to fit any shaped eave. It was also used to wrap the exterior of window frames. Another nice feature of aluminum is that it came colored, so it didn’t have to be painted.
It could be if you wanted an odd color, but basic whites and browns came pre painted right form the factory. If you do have damage to aluminum soffit and fascia, it is still very easy to replace. An aluminum break can be rented that will help you bend the flat aluminum stock to the proper shape.
On many custom homes that have clapboard or cedar shake siding, a wooden soffit and fascia may have been used. While these are very nice and give the house an more elegant appearance, they do require some maintenance. They must be painted and cleaned on a regular basis or they will dry out, split, warp, and rot.
The good news is that if you do have to replace them, they can be painted before you install them. It is much easier to prime and paint the flat boards on the ground than it is to do over your head while standing on a ladder.