Before You Begin
Tools Of The Trade
Designing Your Home
Building Permit Plans
Excavating Home Site
Laying Drain Pipes
Prepping For Slab
Pouring The Slab
Installing Sill Plate
cutting Outside Wall Parts
Building Outside Walls
Framing & Raising interior Walls
Exterior Wall Sheathing
Cutting Out Openings
Wrapping The House
Preparing For Roof Trusses
Gettin Roof Trusses Ready
Raising Roof Trusses
Sheathing The Roof
Preping For Shingles
Shingling The Roof
Preparing For Siding
How To Select Siding
Siding The House
Installing Vinyl Siding on Soffits, Eaves, and Fascia, is the last step in siding the house. This will add the finishing touches to the exterior of your new home. You can choose from a variety of colors and types of panels, to complement the look of your home.
How to select a Soffit panels.
Soffit panels come in a variety of styles and colors.
The basic question to ask yourself when choosing a Soffit type is, how much ventilation do you want to create in your attic area?
Basic Soffit panels come in vented and unvented styles. The vented panels as in the image below have tiny holes throughout allowing air to circulate up through the Eaves and into your roof area.
Some Soffit panels are perforated in the center and solid along the edges.
You can also interlock some perforated panels with solid panels.
You can select any one of the above options as long as you have enough air circulation in the roof enclosure. Failure to do so will result in wet conditions in your roof, and eventually structural deterioration.
How to select the color of Soffits, Eaves, and Trim.
Selecting color is based solely on personal taste. However that being said, Trim color needs to complement not only the color of your exterior walls, but also the style of your house.
Trim color serves to accentuate the design of the house. It brings out the detail of the lines in the shape of the house. It is similar to using a frame around a painting. The frame is not used to dominate the painting, but to accentuate it.
If you have built a traditional house then use traditional colors.
If you have a more contemporary style house, then try to select colors that accentuate the various shapes of the house.
There are many exotic colors of Vinyl Siding out there. Have fun browsing through them.
How to install Soffits.
How to install vinyl panels along the Eaves of the house.
Installing siding on the Eaves is basically a repetition of the procedure you followed for the Soffits.
Attach the F-Trim along the bottom of the Fascia board, as you did with the Soffits.
Measure the distance between the F-Trim and the wall, then subtract 1/4". That measurement will give you the dimension of the eave panels.
Cut Soffit panels to that measurement and install one end of each panel into the F-strip. Place the other end of each panel over the top of the J-channel holding the wall panels in. Interlock each panel into the next one and continue along the entire surface of the Eaves.
Repeat on the other side of the house.
How to install Fascia Trim.
First you must install a strip of Under Silll Trim along the very top of the Fascia boards. This applies to the Trim on the Eaves as well.
Be sure that the Under Silll Trim faces down towards the bottom of the Fascia Board.
Measure the width of the Fascia board from the bottom edge to the inside of the Under Silll. This will give you the width of the Fascia Trim.
Cut the Fascia panels to those dimensions.
Notch out the straight edge of the fascia panels 16" on center, with the Snap-lock Punch .
Start at the same end of the house that you started the Vinyl Panels at. This will make the joints less visible from the high traffic areas.
Insert a Fascia panel into the Under Silll Trim until the notches catch.
Wrap the bottom channel of the panel around the bottom of the F-Trim and snap it into place. Continue this process along the rest of the Soffits.
You must repeat the same procedure for the Eaves. the only difference being, the peak and the bottom of the Eaves are angled. Therefore, you must cut the Fascia panel at the same angle as the roof line on both ends.
You must install Fascia panels from the bottom up so as to overlap panels from the top down. This will allow water to flow over the overlap joints, instead of into them and onto your house.