The soffit is similar to a vertical siding. However, its installation entails more than just panels.
Soffits work to protect porch ceilings and underside of eaves. It may also function to offer a hidden vent system.
If you want a successful soffit installation, there are a number of considerations to make. They include the following:
- Determine Your Needs
Here, you’ll have to determine the amount of soffit you need. The best way to do this is to measure the total area of the surface in question.
Once you get the measurements, you can place orders for your soffit. In most cases, soffit panels are either 12 or 16 inches in width. All of them are 12-foot in length.
Put simply, the panels that are 16 feet wide are able to cover a space of 16 square feet. The ones measuring 12 feet can only cover 12 square feet. But you’ll need to be careful when placing for orders.
Your order should be at least 5 percent more of what you need. The extra percentage helps cater to overlaps and wastes.
- Prepare the Area
Before you start covering the area, ensure it’s ready. Preparing the area helps improve the longevity of the entire installation. This is what you need to do:
- Ensure the entire surface is straight and uniform.
- If there’s any loose shingle or boards, reattach it. It may affect the quality of your installation procedure.
- Look for any existing trim and remove it.
- Look out for any obstructions like utility lines. If possible, you can cut panels to fit through or around them. If not, you may contact the utility firm to remove or replace them. Don’t do it yourself.
- Carefully remove the gutters without damaging them. Well, this can be slightly challenging. But if you’re planning to replace them, removing them will be much easier and faster.
- Install the Receiving Channels
You’re at liberty to use either F-channel or J-receiving channels. Be sure to attach them at least12 inches across your wall.
Where the soffit turns a corner, leave a quarter inch gap on your channel. The gap acts to allow for any expansion at the walls. Here, don’t overdrive fasteners.
- Cut the Panels
Well, cut the soffit panels into appropriate lengths. That’s the only way to fit it into the area you want to cover. But how do you do this?
- Measure the exact distance from the wall to the fascia. Subtract half an inch from this length to allow for movement.
- Cut the soffit to your determined sizes. You can use a circular saw for the task. Besides, it’s easier to cut two or more panels at a go. It helps expedite the entire process.
- Install Soffit
When installing soffit, there are some guidelines to follow.
- Install one soffit panel at a time.
- Insert the panel to the channel.
- Ensure the panels are at 90-degrees with your wall.
- Fasten the panel.
- Repeat the procedure for every panel.
- Ensure the grooves and tongues of each panel are in line with panels alongside them.