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Old 04-18-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
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I am ready to install vinyl soffit and aluminum fascia.

The vinyl soffit has slots to fasten the edges, but what is used to fasten the portion that will be under the fascia lip ? If fastened, that part will not be able to expand or contract.
Is there a tool that will cut a slot in the front part of the soffit ?
Or is it totally supported by the fascia lip ? YouTube videos show mostly screws to fasten every 2 feet or so.
Is it necessary to use rust proof hardware in this installation ?

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The vinyl soffit has slots to fasten the edges, but what is used to fasten the portion that will be under the fascia lip ?
an angle or channel formed into the fascia is the simplest option...
the vinyl slips into that just as it does with the angle at the house

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when i install vinyl soffit i use roofing nails through the nailing flange into the sub fascia and every 2nd peice of soffit i drive a stainless steel cladding nail in teh channel back where it will be hidden by the fascia. by doing this is helps reduce sag plus keeps the soffit running square by having more than just one fastener in it. if you dont want to use cladding nails 1/2" panhead stainless steel screws also work
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you can hard nail the soffit tight to the fascia and let it expand towards the back j channel
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you can hard nail the soffit tight to the fascia and let it expand towards the back j channel
Exactly...the expansion/contraction issue with Vinyl isn't really an issue with a one or two foot piece if it's only pinned on one side.
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When I did my vinyl soffit, I didn't use use sub-soffit nor fasten the soffit panels in any way.

I just attached a row of F-channel to the wall sheathing and another row
of F-channel to the inside of the facia board at the bottom.

The interlocked soffit pieces just rest within the F-channels.

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you can do that too,but you need to fasten the starter and the finish piece or it could unhook
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Remember to vent the soffit, if required/needed.

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Why are you installing vinyl soffit. The solution would be to install aluminum soffit with a pneumatic narrow crown stapler. It is a more durable product. It has a better finish so it stays clean longer and washes off better. It installs flatter and more securely. Most importantly it doesn't shatter like vinyl. I think that vinyl siding is a legitimate product but there is a reason why soffit is still made of aluminum all these years later. The only reason I can think o install vinyl is to get a bead board look. I don't think it is worth it.

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