3 Types of Soffits and Fascia Explained

Peak of a home's roofline
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 1

Soffit and fascia normally go largely unseen on a house and are found in the corners where the roof meets the top of the sidewall. The ones that are seen give the house a professionally finished look. However, they can, of course, be worn away by the harsh elements outside and you should really check this part of the house at least once a year to make sure that they are still okay and don’t need replacing. If you find that they do need to be replaced then you should look into the types of soffits and fascias available. Here are just a few of them listed. You have many options when you want to choose some to install.

1. UPVC Soffits and Fascias

UPVC soffits and fascias are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. While things like this always used to be wooden, today it seems that more and more people are turning to plastic fittings. They have many advantages, with the primary one being that they are far more efficient in regards to energy and will keep your house warmer than it was before. Additionally, there is nothing worse than installing a new soffit only for it to need replacing again in a few months or a year. With the UPVC type, there is far less maintenance involved as they will not rot away with the rain and wind. They will, therefore, save you money in the long run. Furthermore, they can really enhance the appearance of your house and can increase its value.

2. Wooden Soffits and Fascias

soffit on corner of a house

If you have ever looked at a house from a decade ago then you would have probably found that almost all soffits and fascias were made of wood. This used to be a very popular type as it was very attractive for the outside of the house and appealing to the eye. However, the main problem with this nowadays, is that people are realizing that it corrodes far too quickly, meaning that you will be spending a lot of money on repairing and replacing it every year or so. For this reason, it is not that great for long-term money savings.

3. Vinyl Soffits and Fascias

This type of soffit and fascia is very different from wood, for example, in that it is far less likely to rot and let water in. If you want to replace existing soffits and fascia on your house and are looking for a type that will not decay too much over a long period of time then vinyl material is a great option to go with. Water can quite often leak through a roof if there is bad weather. If the soffit becomes too wet then it will erode very quickly if it is made of wood. Vinyl is not only durable but is also a cheaper alternative. This is not just the initial cost of it but also the low maintenance costs of keeping it up. You will not be replacing it any time soon. Vinyl soffit and fascia will also save you money as they provide better insulation for your home. Most companies that sell these types nowadays will offer one that keeps the water out but allows for ventilation.