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With traditional soffit and trim material such as wood, building owners often have to deal with the hassle of continually needing to scrape, prime and paint the underside of their roofing. This is why aluminum soffits and trim are becoming so popular. When people choose aluminum, they get soffits and trim that will last for decades without any rotting, peeling or maintenance. In fact, people can even use aluminum to cover up wooden soffits and trim that are in bad shape. Aluminum materials are relatively cheap and widely available in many colors and styles, and it is easy to find Newport News roofers who will install them for you.

However, home and building owners should make sure that their roof is in good shape before installing aluminum soffits and trim. If the existing roof framing or soffits show signs of water damage, that damage needs to be fixed before beginning the work on the soffits and trim. While newly installed aluminum trim and soffits will not be affected, they will hide any real structural problems, and this can lead to further deterioration without the owner noticing.

A roofing professional from Jayhawk Exteriors of Newport News would be happy to answer any questions you have about siding or windows.

Typical problems include shingles that sag and create a trough behind the fascia, shingle edges that do not project far enough and ice dams.

Aluminum soffit panels are either unvented or vented with a large number of tiny perforations that keep insects out yet allow air to flow through, and they generally come in 16- or 12-inch widths and 12-foot lengths. To make things simpler, faster and easier during the installation process, it is generally best to use 16-inch wide ventilated panels so that large areas can be covered more quickly.

The installation process begins by measuring the drip edge, J-channel and fascia. After that, the old roof edges are prepped by removing existing gutters, shingle moldings and soffit vents. The new drip edge, fascia, soffit panels and J-channel are then nailed into place. Installers will generally use stainless steel or 1 1/2 inch aluminum nails that match the trim.

While the process of installing aluminum soffits and trim is relatively straightforward, building owners should always be thinking about the return that they will get on their investment. With aluminum building materials, this means how long everything will last without requiring significant maintenance or replacement. It is best to make sure that installers use soffits and trim with sturdy metal that has a thick gauge. Quality materials will hold color longer and are less likely to wear off or get scratched.

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