Vinyl Soffit Repair


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Old 10-01-08, 02:23 PM
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Vinyl Soffit Repair

My 1 story home was built 7 years ago with perforated vinyl soffit applied to a 2 foot roof overhang. Within 2 years high wind gusts lifted a 2 foot section free of the retaining strip at the house side, which I found out through trial and error how to reclip. Every year since this chore has had to be repeated with the original 2 foot section now out to 8 feet, the breach occuring with only moderate wind gusting, multiple times per year.
I've been told there is no repair system available and that I must replace the strip at the house side. Does anyone know of an on line instruction or booklet article(s) on removal and proper reinstallation of this strip? Or, is there a way to secure the installation as is? The area that is lifting is in the middle of a 35 foot long wall run.
 
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Old 10-01-08, 03:52 PM
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I've never worked with vinyl soffit before, but if i understand the problem correctly, i would just buy a bunch of 3/4" screws, painted the soffit color if possible, and screw straight through the channel and each piece of soffit. Put only one screw through the center of each piece

There are certainly better solutions out there, but that would be my easy fix.

The biggest drawback is now one end is unable to expand/contract. You can expect a 2' piece of PVC to expand a bit more than 1/16th of an inch for every 100 degrees fahrenheit, so hopefully it will never be an issue.

Hope this helps


edit: i'm assuming the channel is made of plastic. if it's aluminum, just bend it by hand to hold the soffit more tightly
 

Last edited by Rob_C; 10-01-08 at 03:55 PM. Reason: can't mix steel screws with aluminum
 

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