Replacing vinyl soffit is a simple task and a great do-it-yourself project. If you believe it's time to do some replacing, look no further than below for your answers. The first thing you will want to do is to see if the fascia needs replacing as well. These are two items that are very easily replaced, and can be done together very easily!
Below are the materials you will need to complete your soffit project, as well as the step-by-step directions to guide you through the process. As long as you have the correct materials, and follow the order in which to replace the soffit, you shouldn't run into any problems along the way.
Step 1 - Remove the Old Soffit
The first thing you will need to do to begin this project is to remove any of the old nails that are holding your present soffit in place. You should be able to pull out most of the nails by hand, and then finish with any other nails that are still intact, using the nail puller.
After you have removed all of the nails holding the old soffit in place, you can loosen, and actually take off all the old soffit that is present, so you can start replacing with your new soffit.
Step 2 - Measure and Cut
Take out your tape measure and measure the new soffit to the area it will fit into. You will take the soffit joints of the new, and split them in order to make them fit properly.
Take the soffit, and fit it into the "F" channel. This is the channel that secures it to the house. Click it into place, and be sure to wait for the clicking sound. This tells you that it is interlocked, adding extra security to your soffit.
This is one of the most important things you will need to do. There are other steps that can be taken to add security to your soffit, however, interlocking it into place is the best way to have it securely fastened in the position that it needs to be.
Step 3 - For Added Strength
Even though you have cut, fit, clicked, and interlocked, you are able to add yet another form of added security to your soffit. Take out some box nails, and place them in the soffit using your hammer securing your soffit even more into place.
Then you should remember to cut some openings for the vent as most manufacturers will recommend that you do. You will want to use your skill saw for this step, and make sure to space the openings about four feet from one another.
There you have it. A pretty simple, and fast do it yourself project. Finished and ready to move onto the next project, as long as you have followed the directions, and taken your time, you should have finished with no problem, and pretty fast too! Great work.