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How to Install Soffit and Fascia

Installing soffit and fascia can add increased value to your fresh DIY home remodeling project. Soffit and fascia can also add protection from the elements as well. Not to mention it will also keep pests out of your attic such as birds, squirrels and wasp’s etc. The expense of installing soffit and fascia is relatively cheap for the DIY individual.

Before starting your soffit and fascia installation a material list will need to be developed. Measure the length the roof over hangs your wall in a horizontal manner. Next measure your total length of all walls. In convert all measurements to inches and multiply the total length of walls times the amount of roof overhang. This will give you your total amount of soffit needed. Convert your final number to feet by multiplying by 12. The amount of J-Channel needed will be your total wall length and the same length of fascia will be required as well.

When shopping for soffit and fascia I prefer to use a store that is dedicated to supplies of this nature. I used a store such as “ABC Roofing and Siding”. The folks that work at these stores are experienced and will generally provide useful advice when purchasing soffit and fascia supplies. They will also be able to provide a lot more choices of types and colors of soffit and fascia available. I was able to take a complete diagram of the exterior dimensions of my home and have them figure what was needed to complete my soffit and fascia installation. A specialized store of this nature for the DIY home remodeling type persons can be  a huge help compared to the big box stores such as Lowes and Home Depot. I think you will find that you get a lot more value from a specialized store as well.

The Soffit F-channel is installed onto the home wall horizontally from the roof overhang edge. Install the soffit F-channel in a level manner all the way around the home. Once the F-channel is in place the soffit can be cut to the desired length. Soffit usually comes in sheets of 10 foot in length. The soffit widths can vary from 12 or 16 inches typically. Soffit is cut length wise using the measurement from the wall to the roof eave overhang edge measurement. The cut soffit is made to join at the ends.

Soffit is then inserted into the F-channel that was previously installed onto the wall. Using screws or nails you can then fasten the soffit to the roof edge. Continue this process all the way down each wall.

Once all the soffit is installed, fascia can be hung into place which overlaps the soffit nailed to the roof edge. Fascia will  finish off the project hiding all the soffit edges. Fascia is installed up under the roof drip edge and overlaps the soffit nailed to the roof fascia board.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by muellerd - April 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

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Make Money in Real Estate

It would be nice if making money in real estate was easy. Unfortunately to make money in real estate requires a lot of time and effort. The only way to really profit buyiing and selling real estate is to do the work yourself. DIY home remodeling will yield the most profit for your labors.

Finding the right property in the right location is key as well. The old saying “Location, loacation, location” has a lot of truth behind it. Typically your property search should be for a home in a desired location that is relatively cheaper than surrounding properties. Buy low and sell high is what we’re after here. Things to consider would be accessibilty to interstates and convience stores. How good are the schools? Are the taxes reasonable?

I was able to find a home close to shopping, interstates and great schools. Luckily there was also a couple of home centers close to help with buying supplies for my home remodel. My small two bedroom one bath home was in a great location for a DIY home remodeling project. The plan was to remodel and live in the house for a couple years then sell and hopefully make money in real estate for the first time.

Initially the old home was going to need lots of remodeling. I was able to purchase the home cheap as it was in need of alot of repair. I think one  must really strive to have a open mind when looking at real estate. I kept a vision of how I wanted it to turn out and made it happen. Keeping my goal in mind the whole way through the remodeling project kept me on track. I new the payoff would be good in the end and my labor would be worth the effort.

The cost to remodel a home would have to be limited in order to keep the selling price reasonable for the real estate market at the time. I took a good look at the scope of the entire project and all my resources to keep my cost to remodel at a minimum. Fortunately I created a list of all my expenses of the cost to remodel a home. Check it out, it may give you an idea of what it would take financially to do your own home remodel.

Throughout my remodeling project I took lots of pictures. People have different tastes but hopefully you will find my remodeling pictures useful to give you inspiration to make money in real estate with your home remodeling projects.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by muellerd - April 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

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