What is Soffit:
The underside of an overhang, when given a finished appearance, is known as the soffit, which means “something fixed underneath”. The soffit is basically, any finishing material, such as wood, vinyl, aluminum or fiber cement, that is installed to cover the underside of your roof overhang.
Types of soffit:
Vinyl soffits are very affordable. It protects against water, rotting, cracking, and chipping. Homeowners and builders don’t have to maintain it all the time. It is efficient in terms of insulation and energy used. The costs of energy are not high. Over time one realizes how beneficial it can be, regarding normal weather, the environment, ecology, ambience, and so on as it can be customized according to individual specifications. Also, it is easy to clean.
Avg cost of vinyl soffit is $8-$15 per linear foot depending on depth of soffit, and length of soffit being replaced.
Aluminum soffits are easy to clean as it doesn’t gather dirt. It is water-resistant. It is resistant to rotting, cracking, and chipping. It protects against moisture. It is very low-maintenance compared to wood. It doesn’t require painting or staining, and it only needs occasional, easy cleaning with your garden hose.
Avg cost of aluminum soffit is $8-$15 per linear foot depending on depth of soffit, and length of soffit being replaced.
Wood soffit is a popular choice among builders and homeowners. However, wood soffit can also be very high-maintenance. It is prone to rot when exposed to the elements, resulting in costly repairs or replacement. It’s also susceptible to insect infestation.
Wood soffit has to be scraped, treated or stained every few years to help protect it from weathering and to keep it looking its best. Wood tends to be quite expensive, as well, both in the original purchase and in maintenance costs.
Avg cost of wood soffit is $15-$25 per linear foot depending on depth of soffit, and length of soffit being replaced.
Fiber cement can be found in a variety of colors, woodgrain textures and vents. Choosing fiber cement for your soffit comes with several advantages:
- Low-maintenance: Fiber cement is resistant to damage from a number of sources, including fungus, insects and UV rays. All you have to do is clean it regularly using a power washer. And when you want to refresh its appearance, fiber cement can be easily painted.
- Durable: Fiber cement siding lasts a long time and is fire-resistant, which makes it among the most durable soffit materials available.