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Fascia/soffit at held down gable

JTyler | Posted in GBA Pro Help on

I’m trying to figure out how to frame the subfascia and soffit returns on a roof with the gable trusses held down 5.5″. I don’t want to do a wide fascia across the whole building, so right now I am planning a boxed return that steps up at the inside edges of the gable trusses, but I’m not completely sold on this solution. Does anyone have an explanation or images of how you have handled or would handle this detail? I am open to all suggestions. Thanks!

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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    First, you should share an illustration of what you have. Your description is hard to follow.

  2. JTyler | | #2

    Sorry for the lack of clarity. I will try to post images later. Just in case wording the question differently does the trick: If you hold the gable truss down 5.5" so the gable overhang can be framed with 2x6 lookouts, how do you detail the fascia and soffit returns?

  3. Expert Member


    I don't know if it is too late, but why not use a 3 1/2" drop instead? If your overhangs are very deep just decrease the spacing of the lookouts.

    If you don't want to box in the return at the eaves and carry the soffits out to the fascia, which gives a more traditional look, then you could do a modified version where you cut the sub-fascia on the ridge plumb with the bottom of the sub-fascia on the eaves. Depending on the roof pitch, that would leave you one board of about 4" or so in the same plane as the soffit before the slope started.

  4. JTyler | | #4

    I wish I had ordered them held down 3.5"; I remember reading that advice in the past and promptly ignoring it. Too late on these ones! Thanks for the advice on how to make them work, Malcolm.

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