Replacing Your Gutters? Don’t Forget About The Oh-So-Important Soffit and Fascia

José R. Mendoza
Written by José R. Mendoza
Updated December 8, 2021
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Gutters are great, but your soffit and fascia should come first—literally

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When it comes to keeping rainwater away from your home’s foundation, gutters get all the credit. But did you know there are important parts to your gutter system, called soffit and fascia, that play a vital role in protecting your roof and home from water damage?

The soffit helps ventilate the attic, and the fascia acts as a layer between the roof’s edge and the outdoors, shielding the wooden board from water damage. It also makes for a smoother, more beautiful appearance to your roof’s edge.

When tackling a gutter replacement project, make sure the soffit and fascia are in good condition and, if they’re not, replace them before installing your new gutter system. Read on to find out why and when you should replace soffit and fascia.

What to Know When Installing Gutters

Your roof system is comprised of materials like asphalt shingles or metal, underlayment, fascia, soffit, and gutters, all of which play a crucial part in protecting your home from water damage and moisture. As a homeowner, you want to install each part properly—that includes installing everything in the right order. 

Before installing gutters, you should first place the fascia board, followed by the soffit. After those two components are successfully in place, you can tackle the gutter installation. 

You can opt for several kinds of materials and styles for your fascia, soffit, and gutters. Regardless of the type you choose, your fascia board must be strong enough to secure both the gutters and soffit weight and withstand the elements.

What Are Soffit and Fascia?

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Let’s take a deeper dive into what soffits and fascia boards are, and how they function. 

Their primary purpose is to ventilate your roof and protect your home from wind, rain, hail, sun, and snow. The fascia is a board that runs horizontally at the end of your roof edge and is made from wood, vinyl, aluminum, or PVC.

The soffit is located underneath the eaves of your roof and against your siding. It not only helps with ventilating your roof, it also keeps away critters like squirrels and birds. Vinyl is one of the most common soffit materials, as it is low maintenance and easy to install.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Fascia and Soffit?

Over time, you may need to replace your fascia and soffit, especially if there are signs of rotting and you’re already planning to install new gutters. The average cost to replace fascia and soffit is around $2,300, though the price varies depending on labor and the size and type of material. Fascia and soffit don't need replacement often, though you should inspect them once or twice a year.

Why Should You Replace Soffit and Fascia Before Installing New Gutters?

The fascia board is where the gutters and soffit are secured. Therefore, it’s important that when installing your gutters, the fascia board is in good condition and able to withstand the newly added weight while also protecting your home from moisture. Failing to replace your damaged fascia boards before installing the gutters could potentially result in costly repairs down the line.

What’s the Cost of Replacing Gutters?

The average cost to replace gutters is $1,900. Whether you decide to install seamless gutters or sectional gutters, doing so is a significant investment in your home. It’s crucial that your gutter contractor installs them correctly and makes sure that all of the parts are in working condition. They should make any repairs or replacements before installing the gutters to avoid extra costs in the long run.

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