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Question DetailsAsked on 4/9/2016

Can vinyl soffits and fascia be installed on wood?

i recently had to repair a 31 year old roof that had rotted fascia and soffit boards EVERYWHERE!!!

In addition i had over half of the back portion of my roof repaired/shingles replaced. Now i want to install vinyl gutters. And recently noticed the houses nearby have vinyl soffits and fascia as well.

Should i have not replaced the rotted soffits and fascia with wood if i wanted vinyl instead?

However, since i have the new wood work already done, can i put vinyl over it? So i don't feel like i spent unnecessary money. The roofers never mentioned vinyl would have been better or more efficient and economical.

I only repaired wood & replaced shingles on the back half my house. Now i am planning to repair/replace shingles on the front portion of my house.

Can i install gutters, soffits, and fascia on the rest of the house before i complete the rest of the roof?

I am trying to protect my house/roof from rotting any further until i can get to the rest of the house,

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Here are some related previous questions on the issues -

Generally, because the fascia board is nailed into from the roofing sheathing, it is easiest to replace them together when the roof is redone.

I am not sure why you only did a partisal roof replacement on a 31 year old roof unless for financial reasons - at that age if it needed substantial repairs you would normally replace the entirte roof and any rotted fascia at the same time.

Soffits should be able to be replaced independent of anything else - though some do tie into the fascia so it would have to be resolved first. If rotted then you have serious roof leakage at the eave overhang area, of inadequate ventilation or wet attic causing moisture buildup in the soffits or the soffits have inadequate ventilation openings - so I would be looking to tie down the source of the water before replacing anything. Obviously vinyl soffit covers are more resistant to such conditions than wood.

While you can get solid vinyl fascia, generally I would not recommend it - not as strong at supporting and holding the rafter tails in place than wood, and tends to bulge and warp.

If you want for appearance, you can get vinyl or pre-painted aluminum or steel fascia covers put on - done basically the same way "seamless" gutters are formed. Some standard sizes also come pre-formed for 2x6, 2x8, 2x10 fascia boards. Does provide better protection against fascia rot from splashing from the gutters, but properly painted wood lasts fine if the drip edge and gutters are installed properly.

Gutters should go on last - after other work and reroofing, because they have to come off for fascia replacement/covering and generally they should come off for reroofing to prevent damage during the roofing tearoff.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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