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Timmy8 06-29-2013 11:14 PM

Are stainless steel screws necessary for installing aluminum soffits?
 
Hi, new member though I have been reading posts for a long time. Anyways, I am installing soffit and fascia on a house I am building, wondering if regular steel screws will be ok of if stainless are needed. They will be covered by the lip of the fascia, I don't really care if they change color. What say the experts? Thanks a bunch.
Tim

roofingquotes 06-30-2013 12:38 AM

This is a good article i found in handyman about installing aluminum soffits. Thought this might help you. Check it here: http://www.familyhandyman.com/roof/h...-free/view-all

joecaption 06-30-2013 06:55 AM

Use aluminum roofing nails.
Screws should not be used.

framer52 06-30-2013 08:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timmy8 (Post 1209183)
Hi, new member though I have been reading posts for a long time. Anyways, I am installing soffit and fascia on a house I am building, wondering if regular steel screws will be ok of if stainless are needed. They will be covered by the lip of the fascia, I don't really care if they change color. What say the experts? Thanks a bunch.
Tim


OK, here is the deal. Screws are not needed for soffits.

A little clew, I have stapled soffits for years and have never had a problem

Stop watching Holmes who seems to be paid by screw manufacturers to pr mote screw usage. Screws have there place, soffit is not one of them.

mj12 06-30-2013 04:58 PM

Very good article. I always make sure too nail the j channel at the very end and beginning of every piece. I have seen where the j channel is nailed maybe 8 inches from the edge and a strong wind will collapse it.

joecaption 06-30-2013 05:13 PM

No way would I use staples.
I'm the guy that has to go in after some things failed and fix it.
Every time the staples have rusted off long ago. Even if they use monel, they have pulled out.
Using staples would be a slam bam thank you and move on to the next job way of doing it.

framer52 06-30-2013 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1209554)
No way would I use staples.
I'm the guy that has to go in after some things failed and fix it.
Every time the staples have rusted off long ago. Even if they use monel, they have pulled out.
Using staples would be a slam bam thank you and move on to the next job way of doing it.


Joe, I am the one responsible for what I do.

In installing in excess of 10,000 square of siding and soffits I have never had a call back over a stapled soffit. Funny part is, I have yet to find any that have rusted.

now where you live they might, i don't know.

by the way, I have changed soffits for customers I did 30 years ago, have you?

Timmy8 07-01-2013 10:37 AM

I don't have a staple gun for soffit and I want to use screws. Just wondering if stainless are needed...

mj12 07-02-2013 09:04 PM

I want no part of ss screws, they will not stay on the drill tip

jagans 07-03-2013 03:26 PM

If you are installing a lot of soffit it is worth it for you to pick up a pneumatic staple gun. I have a Hitachi that I used to install my soffit with 1.25 x 1/4 inch plated staples. The nose gets up in the ribs and installation really goes fast. Joe is probably right about removal, but I do not intend on removing my fully vented soffit any time soon.


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