Exterior Home Remodeling - Soffit
Exterior soffit is the overhangs around the outside of a home including beneath the roof at the base of the
Possible Soffit Pitfalls
Take note of the soffit areas around your home and consider what they are connected to before you do any work to the area. For soffit cantilevers, strong consideration should be given to insulation prior to adding any soffit product so that once the soffit work is done, it is not necessary to take it down to treat the area above it with insulation.
Take this house to the right as an example of how to avoid pitfalls. Another pitfall to be mindful of is the configuration of the attic as it relates to the ventilation system in place. In this example, the home is inadequately vented in the attic space without having to do any calculation. The soffit areas are solid wood with no venting. There is a ridge vent at the top of the roof, however the gable vents on each side of the home are too small to allow enough air intake to sufficiently vent the attic. This owner of this house is likely experiencing higher than normal energy bills and uncomfortable indoor temperatures, particularly in summer.
Soffit Should be Part of the Overall Plan
Before getting started, it is important to know about the different areas around the home where soffit products and solutions can be installed.
This basic diagram shows the organic cycle of attic ventilation and the soffit is a key part.
Attic Ventilation - Baffles
Don't pay for ventilation holes only to find that the insulation in the attic is blocking the area or add insulation without baffles in the future.
A completed gutter, soffit and fascia project. They are all connected.
The Fascia - Gutter - Soffit Interaction
Gutters can be installed directly to fascia, but seamless gutters cannot be removed should additional work ever be done to the soffit or fascia.
We want to help you avoid purchasing new gutters and failing to consider what the future holds for the soffit and fascia board.
Don't fall victim to the "next day gutter" solution. Fast is not always the way to go when considering replacement gutters. Soffit and fascia are equally important to consider.
Remember, your house is a system that works together with other parts. Older homes require important decisions that do actually have some impact on future decisions. This is particularly true for soffit areas of the home. They often go unnoticed and they should not.
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