When a vinyl soffit needs to be replaced, there are a number of steps that need to be taken to ensure that the task is completed properly. To ensure that the fittings are effective, it is essential that they are installed in the correct manner. By taking into account a number of several tips during the installation process, you can be sure that it is completed properly.
1 – Type
The first step is to decide on the type of vinyl soffit that you need in order to undertake the replacement work. While some varieties are solid, you will also be able to find it in vented form. If you are replacing existing soffit, make yourself aware of the type so that you can ensure you obtain the correct variety.
2 – Measure
You must carefully measure the area that you intend to cover with the vinyl soffit, making sure that you double-check them before settling on the result. This will ensure that the replacements can be precisely fitted along the length of the property, which will ensure that they are effective. When dealing with the width of the soffit, you will need to take into account the width of the overhang. By cutting at a difference of half an inch less than the overhang, you will allow for any expansion. This can take place because weather has an effect on vinyl. Note down the measurements so that you can use this as a guide when you are cutting the soffit.
3 – Cutting
Use the measurements you have taken when cutting the vinyl soffit. However, if in doubt, it is best to cut too much rather than too little. It will always be easier to trim some away as opposed to cutting an entirely new piece to fit a small section.
4 – Removal
When you need to remove existing soffit, you may find it necessary to remove the gutters first. Where this is the case, set it aside carefully to ensure that it does not sustain damage while you work. Removal of the gutters will also enable you to check whether any of it has sustained damage, which requires it to be replaced. Once the gutters has been removed, you will be in a position to remove the soffit.
5 – Accessories
Make sure that you have all the tools and accessories that you require to complete the removal and installation processes. Nails are needed to fix the components to the wall, both in terms of the soffit and when reinstalling the gutter. You will find that a J channel and fascia is also needed to enable you to fit the soffit.
6 – Installation
The J channel needs to be fitted to the wall in the first instance so that the soffit can be fitted into it. Nail the J channel in place along the length of the wall, ensuring that there are no gaps present. Follow this by sliding in the soffit and securing it in the same way. The top edge of the fascia should be slotted beneath the shingles and the roof plywood.