One of the most vital parts of your roofing structure is the roof overhang. This is the part of the roof that protects your home from water damage and excessive debris. However, the overhang itself is also at risk. Water and moisture can lead to deterioration of the roof overhang, requiring you to pull it down and install a new one. Here are some easy tips for removing a roof overhang and preparing for a new one.
Gather Your Supplies
Before any home remodeling project, you should begin by getting together your tools and materials. While most of the items needed for installing a roof overhang are likely in your tool box or garage, it still helps to know what you need so you aren't halfway through the project when you figure out what you are missing. Gather the following supplies before you begin:
- Nail gun or hammer
- Galvanized nail
- Paint primer
- Trim paint
- Epoxy wood filler
Remove the Molding and Fascia
The first thing you need to do for this project is remove the shingle molding and fascia. The molding is found around the edge of your roof, located near the top of the fascia. You can use your crowbar to pry it loose. The fascia will include boards that are under the roof's edge. If you can't access these and pull them loose as is, you may need to temporarily remove the gutter and re-install it later. Both the fascia and molding can be removed with nothing more than a crowbar. When removing the fascia, be careful not to damage the other roofing materials.
Remove the Soffit
The roof's soffit is located under where the fascia was located, and provides bracing for the overhang structure. It will be right against your home's structure. Since the soffit provides an enclosure within the roof's overhang, you want to be careful with possible insect or bird nests inside of it. Look at it closely before you start removing it. You should be able to pull it off by hand, but you can use your crowbar for assistance. Once the soffit is off, look around the underside of the rafters and make sure new fascia and soffits can be supported.
Install the New Soffit
If everything looks good so far, you can start installing your new overhang, beginning with the new soffit. Cut the soffit to fit, using the old soffit you pulled off as a guide for measurements. Use your wax-based sealant coating to apply to the edges of the soffit. This will allow you to secure it in place against your roof's edge. Once you have secured it, give it some extra security by nailing it to the bottom of the rafters. Do this with either a hammer or a nail gun and galvanized nails. Install the new fascia and nail it to the rafters once the soffit is up.
For more information, contact Allen Roofing & Construction Inc. or a similar company.