What's the Best Soffit Material for Your Home?

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There are several materials to choose from when it comes to soffits. Here's how to pick the right soffit material for your purposes.

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So you're embarking on a soffit installation journey. But do you know what the best soffit material is for your home? Making a great decision can make a real difference in your home's curb appeal. Instead of simply choosing the first soffit material that you find, do some research and pick the best material and style for your home. Here's everything you need to know!

Steel

Steel soffit is a more expensive option, but its durability makes up for it. It's more durable than wood and even comes in a variety of colors. This makes it a perfect option for those wishing to match the soffit to their home's design or style.

Wood

Wood is another more expensive soffit option, but you pay for durability. Aside from its durability, wood soffit also offers a touch of warmth to your home with its natural elements. Do keep in mind, however, that wood soffit takes more time to install than the other materials.

Vents will need to be installed to provide better airflow, and you should plan on replacing your wood soffit from time to time as the wood might rot.

Engineered Wood

For the look and feel of wood without the maintenance, engineered wood soffit is a great choice. This type of soffit is made with strands of wood that are coated with resins and binders of industrial grade. There's also a water-resistant wax that's applied to the engineered wood keeping it more durable in humid environments.

This type of soffit resists termites and decay while available in a variety of colors.

Vinyl

Vinyl soffit is durable and affordable and works well for matching your porch's ceiling requirements. There are many different styles and textures of vinyl soffit. You can even consider customizing it to match your home how you'd like!

It's water-resistant and won't chip, crack, peel, or rot. However, do keep in mind that in humid environments, there's a chance of mold growing on the vinyl and exposure to the sun will cause the vinyl to form discoloration.

Prefinished Soffit

Prefinished wood or fibre cement soffit is a great option when wanting to make your soffit last. A special coating is applied to the soffit which then expands and contracts with the substrate. This eliminates the worry of peeling, paint loss, and cracking.

The color of your soffit will last much longer when it's prefinished.

Fibre Cement

Fibre cement is one of the least popular soffit options, but it's still an option available to you. When choosing this option, you'll be able to purchase panels in different textures, vents, and colors. It's highly durable and cost-effective, making it a great option.

It's an even better option for those living in colder environments as this material won't brittle or crack when exposes to extreme cold climates.

Aluminum

Aluminum is one of the most popular soffit options. This material is durable and lightweight. Aluminum soffits are available in multiple colors and sizes and are the perfect choice for those who have irregular-shaped overhangs.

What Soffit Material Is Right For You?

After reading this guide, you should now know what soffit material is right for you and your home. Choose the right price range and material that'll transform your home the way you'd like it!

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