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Comparing Vinyl & Aluminum Soffit and Fascia

Comparing Vinyl & Aluminum Soffit and Fascia

Posted on 27 Sep 2017

Many homeowners in Metro Vancouver face tough decisions about home restoration projects as many houses in the region begin to age and require renovations.

Upgrading your home’s exterior soffit and fascia is important for a variety of reasons, including curb appeal because they add visual flair to your house. But soffit and fascia also provide important functions, such as protecting your home from critters and pests, as well as concealing ventilation outlets for attics.

Of particular benefit for the Vancouver area, which of course tends to get quite wet and windy at times, soffit and fascia help prevent rainwater from blowing up through the exterior of your house. When properly maintained and renovated, soffit and fascia will thwart water accumulation, decreasing risk of humidity damage to your home.

Choosing Between Vinyl and Aluminum Soffit and Fascia in Metro Vancouver

What Are Soffit and Fascia?

Soffit is material used for home under-siding. It can be installed underneath eaves and cornices. Fascia is the term for exposed, vertical boards underneath a roof edge, commonly seen at the end of rafters.

Two of the most popular materials for soffit and fascia are vinyl and aluminum. They are both more affordable then cedar and they each provide a range of advantages to homeowners. But which material is best for you, vinyl soffit & fascia or aluminum soffit & fascia?

Pros of Vinyl Soffit & Fascia

The biggest advantage to vinyl soffit and fascia is that vinyl is relatively affordable, which will positively impact your budget. Vinyl is also low maintenance—you don’t need to paint it, and cleaning is a breeze with a quick spray wash once or twice a year.

Additionally, vinyl is flexible and therefore easy to bend for tight fits, easing the installation process. Highly durable and resistant to degradation and fading, vinyl is an adaptable choice that many homeowners prefer!

Cons of Vinyl Soffit & Fascia

When it comes to the downsides of vinyl, some people consider vinyl an inferior aesthetic look, which might temper the boost to both your home’s financial value and visual appeal. Plus, over extended time periods, vinyl is mildly susceptible to both mould and sunlight damage.

Pros of Aluminum Soffit & Fascia

Many homeowners desire aluminum soffit and aluminum fascia for a variety of reasons. Like vinyl, aluminum is malleable, making it easy to install, and it is highly durable, so it is water resistant for at least a decade or two.

As well, aluminum naturally deters cracking and rotting; plus it is non-combustible, which means it will slow down the progression of a fire should disaster strike.

Cons of Aluminum Soffit & Fascia

Aluminum soffit and fascia is not without its disadvantages, however. Aluminum is more expensive than vinyl, and also runs the risk of driving up your insurance costs. It is possible for the material to become dented if impact against it is strong enough. Lastly, aluminum offers slightly less insulation protection than does its vinyl counterpart.


Installing Soffit and Fascia in Metro Vancouver

As you can see, the choice between vinyl or aluminum when it comes to renovating the soffit or fascia on your home can be a difficult. Both materials offer unique benefits but neither one is perfect.

Call Weatherguard Exteriors in Metro Vancouver for a free consultation today. Our exterior experts can provide knowledgeable feedback on which option is the best fit for your Vancouver home and then install soffit and fascia on your house in a professional, high-quality and cost-efficient manner!