How to Repair a Broken Wood Soffit

What You'll Need
Flat bar nail puller
Pry bar
Utility knife
Measuring tape
Replacement soffit
Acrylic caulk
Wood-based primer

Prompt repair of wood soffit helps to check further damage to your installations. You may install wooden soffits to complete installation of your eaves, cornices, stairs or cabinets. This prevents entry of moisture and wind into the house. It also helps to keep out dirt, insects, birds and small animals. It is not uncommon for wooden soffits to break at some point. The guide below will help you repair a broken wood soffit in the roof area.

Step 1 – Remove Molding

In most cases, molding is used to secure the soffit to the exterior walls as well as fascia. Remove the molding that holds the soffit with the help of a utility knife.

Step 2 – Remove Broken Soffit

Trace the seams in the soffit. Usually, 2 or more strips will be installed to complete an installation under the eaves. Cut through the seams with a utility knife to separate the individual strips. Pull out the nails that secure the soffit to the roof rafters. A flat bar nail puller will come in handy for this task. It helps if you have a small bag with you to place the nails as you remove them. If you drop them onto the ground below, they could easily cause injuries to you or others. Remove the broken soffit from the roof with a pry bar. In some cases, you may need to cut out the damaged sections. Make a square or rectangular patch with a jigsaw. It will allow you to install the replacement more easily.

Step 3 – Clean

A lot of dust and dirt is common in the roof area. It helps if you clean the soffit area before you repair. This will ensure that repairs are made on a clean surface which facilitates effective repair. Clear the dust and loose debris away from the soffit with a soft broom. Wipe the area carefully with a damp cloth.

Step 4 – Take Measurements

Be sure to obtain wooden material of the same type as the one installed on your roof. Uniformity in installment is vital to a smart appearance and also enhances durability. Use a measuring tape to take the dimensions of the section to be fitted with new soffit. Transfer the measurements to the new soffit panel and cut to size.

Step 5 – Installation

Place the new soffit into the cut out area. Use a hammer and nails to attach the soffit to the rafters. Dispense some caulk along the seams. A minimal amount works best as it will not leave you with a messy surface. It also makes it easier to paint over. Spread the caulk with your utility knife and let it dry completely.

Step 6 – Painting

Brush some primer over the repaired area. It is a good idea to apply 2 coats but allow sufficient time for the first coat to dry properly. Paint over the area with a color that blends with the rest of the soffit.