Soffit & Fascia Installation
Soffit and Fascia are the final decorative touches that create a classic finish to the exterior of your home. While new siding makes a big impression don't overlook what soffit and fascia can do for a house. Soffit & fascia gives extra value while eliminating the need to paint and achieve a maintenance-free home exterior. Harris Exteriors & More uses soffit materials which are available in vinyl or aluminum with matching colors in aluminum fascia. Harris Exteriors’ soffit and fascia systems are backed by a non-prorated lifetime warranty. As always, with Harris Exteriors & More, you are protected.
The addition of soffit & fascia helps in adding the finishing touches to the appearance of your home as well as eliminating some future maintenance. That's why professional soffit and fascia installation is highly recommended by a licensed contractor such as Harris Exteriors & More. When looking for a quality soffit and fascia installation company, look no further than Harris Exteriors & More. We have specialized in the installation and repair of soffit & fascia boards for over 15 years.
Soffit / Fascia and Your Roofing
Soffit and fascia projects can come in several different styles. Additionally, several types of materials can be used depending on your budget or preference. Fascia installation is a vital aspect of proper roof construction. The fascia is found underneath the roof line just behind the gutters. It extends around the entire building. Wood is the most commonly used material for fascia although vinyl and aluminum are also used. Fascia board is a type of roof trim which is commonly used on houses. It is mounted on the exposed ends of rafters or the top of exterior walls to create a layer between the edge of the roof and the outside. The fascia on a home serves two functions both as decorative as well as a protective shell. The fascia board is installed at the edges of the rafter's tails or trusses on your roof. This provides the homes roof with a more appealing sightline. The fascia board also serves to protect the inside of the homes attic from damage due to weather or animals. Not all styles of home design feature fascia board, but many do.
In situations where the edge of the roof has no overhang and is flush with the wall, the fascia board may be designed to include vents in the soffit, while in some cases, soffit may be under the drip eave, hidden behind the fascia board. The fascia board on your home also aid in supporting and securing your gutter system and along with downspouts allow for water to properly drain of your roof, and away from your home.
Fascia Board Maintenance
The fascia board over time may require maintenance and some minor repairs periodically. If your fascia board rots due to damage caused by water, the water penetrations could spread to the rafters or roof trusses, as well as cause major damage to the structure of your home in the future. If you observe or notice rotting fascia on your home you should take steps in having it repaired quickly. If only a small area is rotting away we can replace only the section that is bad, not the entire length of fascia board; instead, people can cut a piece of wood and replace a damaged area, making sure that the seams of the boards meet on a rafter tail so that they nailed in place to hold tightly.
What is 'Soffit'
In reference to the term soffit, it is described as the underside of any structure. The soffit is generally located on the outside of the home under the drip eaves. The soffit extends from the outside wall to the fascia or end of drip eave. If your roof shingles or decking has damage due to ice damning, missing shingles, that allow for water to penetrate through the roof decking and get into the soffit over time this can lead to substantial damage to soffit system. Continuous water damage lead to rotting wood. Clogged gutters will cause water to penetrate up and behind your gutter and rot your fascia board and soffit. This damage usually isn't noticed until it's too late. The gutter will fall off with the fascia board rotting away from the rafter tails.
Birds and raccoons love to destroy a soffit system. The soffit is one of the easiest points of the roof in which they can make entry in your home attic to nest. If you have a split level home raccoons love to get inside your attic where the soffit meets the roofline between different elevations. Bees and hornets also love to make nests in your soffit.
Installing aluminum soffit and fascia can be a vital in preserving your wood fascia board, rake boards and roof eaves. Aluminum fascia will protect your home's exterior from wetness, rot, pests and structural damage while providing low maintenance and care. There will be no more need to look at paint peeling or the need to schedule the painter every four years to paint the fascia and rake boards.
Most wood fascia today is cladded with aluminum, and when selecting a color of soffit & fascia it is a good rule of thumb to choose your soffit, fascia and gutter in the same color. Choosing one color will give the appearance of cleaner looking lines. Many colors are also available to match your home.
Aluminum Soffit Panels
Aluminum soffit panels are available solid and vented. They are available in many colors that match siding, fascia, and gutter colors.
Harris Exteriors & More uses an aluminum break to make and custom fit your own aluminum fascia. We will install your custom bent fascia flush against your fascia board and that slides up behind your gutters. We also clad the rake boards with non-venting soffit. If your home roof rakes has existing drip edge, the the top edge of the aluminum fascia should be tucked under the drip edge and fastened to ensure complete coverage.
Harris Exterior installers create your custom fascia sizes on site, using a tool called an aluminum metal break. A break is basically a long workbench like bending tool used for bending metals. Often, small bends are made with hand benders. When we install aluminum fascia, we start from one side and lap each piece going the same direction. We attach the fascia with color matched aluminum trim nails. Darker colors fascia may need to be pre drilled before installing due to the shock of the fascia aluminum from a driving nail. When replacing your gutters or roof be sure to enquire about soffit and fascia. It's relatively low cost and care-free maintenance is well worth preventing damage from the weather for years of wear to your home.
What is Soffit & Fascia Ventilation?
A proper attic ventilation system allows a continual flow of outside air into the attic through your home’s soffit ventilation system.
Soffit & Fascia Types & Styles
Don't get worried if you have never heard about fascias and soffits. Once you discover what they are you'll realize you have been seeing them your entire life, just without realizing! On many homes the guttering which runs alongside the home underneath the roofline is mounted on a box. The soffit is the technical name for the bottom of the box, the fasicas are classified as the wall surfaces of the box which are connected to the eaves or roofline of the house. The guttering captures any rain coming off the roofing so it can drain away.
Soffits and fascias are essential since they help the roof carry out its job of keeping the wet out, preventing rainwater from getting inside and guaranteeing the entire home is insulated too. If you see any leaks, staining or birds nesting inside your roof then it could be time that some attention is offered to your fascias and soffits. If they're damaged by any means then your roof has a tougher time performing its role as protector of the house. You need to have your entire guttering system including the soffits and fascias looked at at least one time each year so that you can keep on top of any repairs which need doing.
Soffit & Fascia Types
Wood Soffit & Fascia
Wood soffits and fascias offer a more traditional look to homes. If you live in Chicagoland's Western & Northern Suburbs and have wooden siding on your home, then this type of soffit and fascia will be perfect for your home's exterior!
Aluminum Soffit & Fascia
Aluminum soffits and fascias are quite popular lately. The aluminum used in the soffits and fascias is incredibly durable which allows for it to stand up against high winds and stormy weather. This type of gutter accessory can be installed rather quickly.
Vinyl Soffit & Fascia
Vinyl soffits and fascias are yet another very popular these days with homeowners. They're very cost-effective and can be installed quickly. Harris Exteriors & More offers vinyl soffits and fascias in a numer of different colors to best match the rest of the outside of your home.
Fiber Cement Soffit & Fascia
There are a lot of benefits to using fiber cement soffits and fascias with the most important advantage being its durability. This type of soffit and fascia can be used in virtually any type of climate and has been proven to be a lot more versatile than vinyl or wooden soffits and fascias. and characteristics that lend its installation to any geographic region and climate. Fiber cement soffit and fascias is also resilient against cracking, bowing, shrinking, or chipping with time.
PVC/Composition Soffit & Fascia
PVC soffits and fascias are designed to be low maintenance and won't ever require any painting. Replacement pvc/composition soffits and fascias can improve the overall look and feel of a property and can even add some protection against birds trying to nest along your roofline. PVC/Composition soffits and fascias are typically guaranteed against staining, cracking, or warpring. These types of soffits and fascias will generally last between one to two decades.
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