As a homeowner, it's important to inspect soffits at least twice per year.
This is essential for uncovering water damage, pest infestation, or replacement needs if they're present. When it comes to replacement soffits, you'll want to replace them if you're noticing signs of deterioration.
Keep reading to learn more about replacing soffits!
What You Should Know About Replacement Soffits
Since soffit is such an important part of the exterior of your home, how you replace them is going to make a big difference.
Here are our tips for replacing soffits:
Choose the Style You Want
Soffits are available in a vented style or a solid style.
Vented soffits are a great option for those who don't want to mess with installing air vents. If your soffit requires venting, it would be best to purchase the vented soffits to save yourself a headache later on.
On the other hand, solid soffits are great if your soffit simply acts as an accent. If vents aren't necessary you can choose the more simple and versatile design of the solid soffits.
Keep in mind that your attic needs proper air circulation. If your soffits are connected to your attic, plan accordingly. While it requires more work, you can also vent solid soffits later on.
Decide on a Material
Once you've decided on a soffit style, narrow down the material you'd like to use.
You have a few different soffit material options. They are:
- Fiber cement
Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, aluminum won't rust or split and it's easy to clean. Paint can be painted to match the colors and style of your home.
Before you choose a material, weigh the pros and cons of each and decide what is the best fit for your exterior.
Plan Out Your Cost
Like all home improvement projects, you'll want to know what the cost will be before you start.
Do some research on your favorite materials and styles. If you're planning on hiring a professional to replace the soffit, look up their prices online.
Also, measure the soffit and check for any other issues that may need to be fixed. Look for pests that need to be taken care of. If you find pests, call an exterminator to get rid of them.
If you don't have experience with pests, the last thing you want is to be dealing with them while standing on a ladder! Once you've figured out the cost of material, labor, and repairs for any other damaged components around the soffit, you can begin to plan out your project.
To save some money, you may consider replacing the soffit yourself if you're a pretty handy person.
What Will You Replace Your Old Soffit With?
Replacing soffit regularly is important for maintaining the structural integrity of your exterior.
Replacement soffits can be as inexpensive as you need, or, if you have a higher budget, you can get a little fancier with them.
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