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5 things you should know about vinyl siding soffit


Soffit is the material used to enclose the underside of an eave or overhang. It's designed to maximize airflow and prevent moisture accumulation and heat buildup between the siding and the house. Soffit comes in a variety of shapes, textures, and colors. Also, vinyl siding soffit can be vented, solid, or a combination of both.

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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Considering Vinyl Soffit

  1. Ventilation is an important aspect of your vinyl siding soffit installation. Every job has its special circumstances that influence estimate total, so have a contractor come to your house to estimate costs of mounting your vinyl siding soffit.
  2. Usually pricing is quoted in the same manner as siding: per foot. Including material and labor, an average job could cost around $275 per-linear-foot, but more intricate jobs could go as high as $600.
  3. It's best to have a vinyl siding contractor to install your soffit rather than a roofing contractor, because your vinyl siding soffit is the same material as your siding.
  4. If you're a skilled handyman, you can purchase vinyl siding soffit coils from any DIY store and save on installation costs. Vinyl siding soffit has a different profile than siding itself, but installs according to all the same principles. You can cut all vinyl siding soffit and vinyl fascia with tin snips, a circular saw or by scoring it with a knife and breaking it.
  5. Remember, local environmental conditions, such as high wind zones or building codes, may call for different installation techniques. And consult manufacturer's instructions and to verify local building codes.

Before the final course of siding is installed, any vinyl siding soffit accessories used on the eaves must be installed. Get creative; consider a darker shade or contrasting color for your vinyl siding soffit to offset the vinyl siding for a two- or three-tone effect.

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