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Old 10-13-2009, 10:56 PM   #1
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Is using Luan to overlay soffit a good idea?


I called a handyman my plumbing friend recommended because I have some soffit that needs to be replaced. When I talked to him on the phone, he said it was usually easier for him to overlay the existing soffit with some luan.

Does this sound like a legit way to do things or should I look for another guy?

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Old 10-14-2009, 03:40 PM   #2
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Sounds like a hack job to me.



Call a local reputable contractor, not a handyman (at least not that guy).


Incorrect repairs like that WILL lower the value of your home, and cause more damages as a result.




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Old 10-15-2009, 06:23 AM   #3
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Yikes! Luan does not belong outside!

Hire a real carpenter,You know leaving rot buried under the cheapest interior ply is dumb.

Check with your nearest real, old fashioned lumber yard.They usually have knowledge of skilled carpenters.
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I knew that didn't sound right. I don't want to cover up the problem...I want to fix it and make sure it doesn't happen again.

My problem is I have no idea who to call.

CCCo, I see you're a contractor. What's the best material to use to replace the soffit?
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1/4 or 3/8 Exterior ply,If you like a rough sawn look, There is a plywood called cedar rough tex.

I too,am a contractor,but I do mostly interior work.

Let's see what CCCo has to say.

Seriously ,check with a local lumber yard for a referral,They know who's a pro and who's not.
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Great. Thanks for the info oh'mike.

I have another question. I noticed all the soffit around the house has vents every 6 feet or so, but there are zero vents in the soffit on the gables. There is a decorative vent on the peak of the rear gable. (You can see in the pic I attached.) Should I have some vents in the gable soffit?

Also, the gable soffit is mostly damaged at the bottom/base. To me it seems like any moisture would run down the slope and collect at the base, causing this problem. Is that normally the case and what can be done to stop it?

It seems to me I need to fix a moisture issue that caused this or I'm going to have the same problem again in a few years. Is that correct?
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Are you looking to replace the soffit or the fascia or both? If you want to replace the soffit I would install aluminum or vinyl. The fascia can be replaced with cellular PVC or dimensional lumber treated or non-treated. If you use lumber prime all surfaces and wrap with aluminum or vinyl.
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Just the soffit...
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CCCo, I see you're a contractor. What's the best material to use to replace the soffit?

I would match whats there, soo you can cut out the bad section, replace with new, caulk, paint, etc...

They sell rough sawn soffit, it comes in 4x8 sheets of plywood, cut it to your deminsions, and replace.

After you remove a little of it, or get a closer look at it, you should be able to tell style, thickness, etc.


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I don't want to cover up the problem...I want to fix it and make sure it doesn't happen again.

My problem is I have no idea who to call.

CCCo, I see you're a contractor. What's the best material to use to replace the soffit?
Where are you located?

If you are local, I could come look at it, I doubt you are though.

Whoever you call, make sure they are going to remove, replace, seal, paint, etc.

And don't pick a contractor from CL, because 90% of them are cons, only about 10% are legitimate, and determining the legit ones can be hard.

I would rather spend an hour online helping you and explaining the whole process to you, than see you hire a hack to fix it, Honest! James


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hah! I haven't heard that one. Overlay with luan?

Not a good idea. The guy is trying to make his job easier at the cost of your property. Find someone else.

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There is a decorative vent on the peak of the rear gable. (You can see in the pic I attached.) Should I have some vents in the gable soffit?

Also, the gable soffit is mostly damaged at the bottom/base. To me it seems like any moisture would run down the slope and collect at the base, causing this problem. Is that normally the case and what can be done to stop it?

It seems to me I need to fix a moisture issue that caused this or I'm going to have the same problem again in a few years. Is that correct?

That decorative vent should still be cutout behind it, and be functioning as a gable vent, possibly is enough ventilation for that particular area, but is hard to say without actually checking it out closely.

Has the regular painting, caulking been maintained. Doesn't really look like it in the picture, but is hard to tell. If it hasn't been maintained I would say thats a good chance why there is rot.
You can't seal out the elements if the paints life expectancy is up. Make sense?

Closer pics would help, But if your uncomfortable getting up there to take them, DON'T!


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It comes down to your budget; if it was my house I would put in aluminum soffit. If your budget is prohibitive to this then follow CCCs advice and cut out the damaged sections and replace.

Venting should be (I'm going from memory so you may want to verify this) at a ratio of 1 to 150 of the area of the space ventilated. You can reduce to 1 to 300 if between 50% and 80% of your venting is provided by ventilators located minimum 3 feet above the cornice (roof overhang at eves; look outs, fascia, soffit).
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Where are you located?

I would rather spend an hour online helping you and explaining the whole process to you, than see you hire a hack to fix it, Honest! James
I'm in Oklahoma City, OK. I really appreciate the help James.
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Has the regular painting, caulking been maintained.
You can't seal out the elements if the paints life expectancy is up. Make sense?
The house was built in 1996 and it probably has the original paint. I'm in the process of repainting the house. I've gone around the entire house and caulked all the joints, around the windows, & doors, etc... Once I get the soffit fixed, I'll paint everything.

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Closer pics would help, But if your uncomfortable getting up there to take them, DON'T!
I can get some better pics.

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