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Installation Mistake: Fascia Before Soffit

Michael_Kalman | Posted in General Questions on

I made the mistake of installing my fascia before the soffit. Is there any safe workarounds or should I remove all my fascia?

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  1. Expert Member
    Michael Maines | | #1

    Michael, it's very common to install the fascia before the soffit. In fact the most highly crafted homes have a groove on the back of the fascia to accept the soffit boards, and from experience I can say that with that detail it's much easier to install the fascia first. Why do you think you have a problem?

    1. Michael_Kalman | | #2

      I think the fascia is too tight to install the soffit, but I might be able to use a crowbar to loosen the fascia to install the soffit. There is a lip in the back of my fascia board but I’m not sure if it’s okay to let my fascia rest on this lip without being sandwiched between the fascia and the fascia board? Am i misunderstanding the installation?

      1. Expert Member
        Michael Maines | | #5

        "Lip" and "pop them in one by one" makes it sound like you might be working with vinyl? There are many materials and approaches, so more information is needed.

        1. Michael_Kalman | | #6

          Its actually aluminum

  2. Expert Member
    NICK KEENAN | | #3

    Are you working with a manufactured soffit? I've only cut them out of sheet goods, so I don't understand them not fitting, just cut them smaller. I'd put the fascia on first because you need it to get the drip edge right when putting the roof on. I wouldn't put the soffits on until the roof was on.

    1. Michael_Kalman | | #4

      That’s true, I had put my drip edge on and it was a pain to fit the fascia in. I’ll try to pry the fascia and then I will pop the soffits in one by one

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