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There’s a good chance your home has Soffit installed. If you walk outside your door and look up, you will see it. Soffit is the material which connects the roof overhang and the side of your home. So when we go out and do quotations one of the many questions our Calgary siding team get asked are why is it called soffit?

The word “soffit(s)” is derived from the French language; it literally means “something connected underneath.” Soffit can also be used under decks, porches, under posts, under a stair, balconies.

 

SOFFIT MATERIALS

There are many different material options that you can use for Soffit – Beaded Vinyl, Perforated Vinyl, Aluminum, Fiber Cement, Cedar, Pine and other wood.
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Soffit is both an aesthetic and functional purpose for your homes siding system. Soffit adds character to your home and complements the siding you have used.
Soffit adds durability to your home it protects your rafters from the weather. If your rafters are exposed in some areas, you could have mold build-up and rotting beams to replace.
Soffit allows your home to breathe; this is a very important piece of the building envelope.

Which Type of Soffit Should I Choose?

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VINYL SOFFIT

Based on sales volume of homes and buildings across Canada, Vinyl Soffit is one of the winners. It is cost effective to manufacture, the easiest to install, and weighs much less than the alternatives.

Below are the Pros and Cons for Vinyl Soffit, Aluminum Soffit, Cedar Soffit, Pine Soffit, and Fiber Cement Soffit:

 

PERFORATED VINYL SOFFIT

Pros of Vinyl Soffit:

• The most affordable option.
• With the new styles of Vinyl Soffit it looks less and less like Vinyl.
• Will not rot like wood. Very resilient against cracking and chipping.
• Resistant to water. Very good for high moisture areas.
• Very easy to clean.

Cons of Vinyl Soffit:

• Easily affected by heat. Tendency to discolor over time.
• Possibility to become brittle if exposed to regular sunlight.
• Some feel Vinyl is a cheaper looking product.

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ALUMINUM SOFFIT

Pros of Aluminum Soffit:

• Durable. Won’t rot, chip or crack.
• Non-combustible.
• Water resistant.

Cons of Aluminum Soffit:

• A bit more expensive than Vinyl Soffit.
• Can easily dent if enough force is applied.
• Lower R value than vinyl.

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CEDAR SOFFIT

Pros of Cedar Soffit:

• Much higher quality of a look.
• Can be stained to bring out the natural color of the Cedar.
• Higher R value than Vinyl Soffit.

Cons of Cedar Soffit:

• More expensive than Vinyl Soffit.
• Much more susceptible to rot if exposed to moisture.
• Needs to be repainted/re-stained approximately every 5-7 years, adding additional cost.
• Harder to clean.

 

Cedar Soffit

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PINE SOFFIT

Pros of Pine Soffit:

• Much higher quality of a look at a fraction of the price of Cedar Soffit
• Can be stained to bring out the natural color of the Pine.
• Available in 6 pre-stained colors

 

Cons of Cedar Soffit:

• More expensive than Vinyl Soffit.
• Much more susceptible to rot if exposed to moisture.
• Needs to be repainted/re-stained approximately every 5-7 years, adding additional cost.
• Harder to clean.

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FIBER CEMENT SOFFIT

Pros of Fiber Cement Soffit:

• Much higher quality of a look.
• Comes with a 15-year paint warranty, with a baked on enamel paint.
• Higher R value than Vinyl Soffit.

 

 

Cons of Fiber Cement Soffit:

• More expensive than Vinyl Soffit.
• Much more susceptible to rot if exposed to moisture.
• Harder to clean.

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People who typically go for soffit outside of vinyl and aluminum do so for curb appeal. Cedar Soffit or Pine Soffit will be more expensive than Vinyl Soffit. If not properly maintained, it may rot over time, however as the soffit is much more protected than siding, it is still a viable option and is relatively low maintenance.
Wood Soffit is natural and timeless. It adds character and warmth to your home.
Hardy / Fiber cement is less common and among the pricier options in soffit, but there are suppliers that carry panels in varied wood grain textures, vents and colors.
Still have questions?

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