What is Soffit Siding?

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Soffit siding
Soffit siding is frequently used in roof construction and renovation.

Whether or not you realize it, the building or home you are in right now most likely has soffit installed. What exactly is soffit? Next time you are outside, look up at the roof. The material between the roof overhang and the side of the building is known as soffit or soffit siding. It is frequently used around a building’s roof, underneath porches, underneath arches or columns, or almost anywhere with a visible ceiling. Soffit can be made of aluminum, vinyl, fiber cement, wood, or steel.

Why Is Soffit Used?

While soffit looks nice and ties a building together visually, it also serves a functional purpose. Soffit siding covers the eaves in your building’s roofing so that the beams of your rafters are not exposed. Why is covering the rafters so important? First, soffit protects your roof and rafters from the elements. When rafters are exposed to moisture, sun, and snow, mold can flourish and build up. The wooden beams that keep the roof over your head will rot and need to be replaced (not an inexpensive project!). Beyond the expense, mold in your direct environment is never healthy for you or your family.


Soffit also helps air to circulate in and out of your home or business. Vented soffit siding allows air to enter the vents and give your attic or top floor much needed air circulation. You can also use solid soffit with vents to allow for air circulation that you are in control of, which is especially useful if you live in a hot or cold climate.

Which Type of Soffit Siding is Right For Me?

Soffit can be made from a variety of materials and designed in many styles and colors to suit your home’s aesthetic. Aluminum and vinyl soffit are the two most popular types for their affordable cost, easy installation process, and lightweight.


Aluminum soffit is easy to shape, so it can be adapted to fit a variety of spaces. Aluminum is an incredibly reliable and durable material that doesn’t suffer from issues with rotting, chipping, or cracking. Soffit made of aluminum is easy to keep clean and water resistant, so it will do an excellent job of protecting your wooden rafters.


Vinyl soffit siding is the most affordable option and excellent for insulation purposes if you are using soffit to insulate your attic. It offers unlimited customization options for people seeking exciting colors or styles of soffit to match their home’s personality. Vinyl, like aluminum, won’t rot and is resistant to cracking or chipping. Vinyl soffit is also very easy to clean and maintain.

We Can Protect Your Home Through Brand New Soffit

Whether you are searching for a new type of soffit siding to protect your home or looking to install soffit to protect your business’s roof, Chandler Remodeling can help. With our excellent installation, it’ll be the best investment you’ve made in your home. Contact us online, by calling 410-628-2214, or email us for a free estimate and assessment of your needs. All of our work is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We look forward to meeting your remodeling needs for years to come! To see examples of our work and get information on specials, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Houzz.