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How you can Install Soffit and Fascia

Updated on June 2, 2012
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DIY Soffit and Fascia

So you are tired of painting your wood Soffit and Fascia on your House, Shed or Garage. This job is not that hard of a job. You can do it with Vinyl or Aluminum. It comes in White or Brown and Special Order Colors. Vinyl is the cheapest material but most people like Aluminum. In this example the customer chose Aluminum. What you will need for this job is. See Photo A


Tin Snips

Tape Measure



1” White or Brown Aluminum Nails

First you need to figure the amount of material that is needed for this job. Soffit is the piece that is on the Bottom. Fascia is the piece that is on the face. Soffit come is 12” wide pieces 12’ long in both Vinyl and Aluminum. There are also two types of Soffit, Vented and Unvented. See Photo B and Photo C. The idea of the vented is to let moisture out and air in to circulate. I usually put up 2 Unvented and 2 Vented. In order to figure out how many pieces you need is measure the Width from the wall to the outside edge, then measure the length of what you want to cover. So for an easy example if the width is 10” and the length is 14’ long you will need 14 pieces 10” wide so the material comes in 12’ Length which is 144” Long divide that into 10” and you should get 14 pieces which is one piece 12’ long. Now figure the rest of the pieces that you need to do the rest of the sides. After completing Remember that half the pieces are vented.

Fascia to come in different widths. Usually 6, 8, 10, 12 wide. It to comes in 12” Lengths. If you need something less the 6” then you will have to buy 6” and cut it for width. So measure the outside and add it up. You will also need Starter strips. The same amount of starter strip as Fascia.

On this job the old Fascia was not even to where we want to put the Soffit. I had to cut a strip of material ¾” wide, so that when you nailed up the soffit it would be level. See Photo D. next I nailed up the starter strip See Photo E. Up against the wall this will hold one side of the Soffit and give it movement on Weather Change. After Nailing up the starter strip start cutting the soffit to the correct length. Push it into the starter strip and nail it to the bottom of the old Fascia board. See Photo F. Put a nail into the nail strip See Photo C. Take the next piece and push it into the groove where the nail strip is and nail it. Continue to go till the end then cut the last piece and nail it into place.

Next install the Fascia it should fit up under the drip edge on the roof. Some time you will have to remove the gutter to do this. Face nail it about every 6” Trying to use as few nails a possible. These are visible. See Photo F. This pushes over the outside edge of the Fascia and covers the nails. When you come to a corner Just make the piece 1” long and cut the bottom where it bends under the Soffit and bend it around the edge to make the corner.


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      4 years ago

      Areltics like this just make me want to visit your website even more.

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for your kind words. I am thinking to starting video.

    • alphagirl profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Great hub! I am visual! It would be great if you had a video too!

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Measure the width of the Soffit in inches Change the over all dimension to inches and divide. that will tell you how many pieces you need always buy extra pieces cause of bad cuts. Sometimes they come in lot number when manufactured and you want to buy it all at the same time. If you need more help then leave me another post and i will get back to you

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      7 years ago

      Excellent explanation. I'm not good at math and your article was really easy to understand. Question, what if you were using an 6" or 8" beaded soffit?


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