Steps // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit
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Remove Shingle Mold

 
Step One // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Remove Shingle Mold

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

Pry the narrow shingle mold from the fascia using a flat bar. If it comes off without splitting, reuse it later.

 
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Remove Rotted Fascia

 
Step Two // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Remove Rotted Fascia

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

Remove the rotted section of fascia. Be careful not to damage any nearby roof shingles or flashing.

 
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Remove Old Soffit

 
Step Three // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Remove Old Soffit

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

Pull down to remove the old soffit. Note that a squirrel had built a large nest above the soffit shown here.

 
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Remove Rotted Rafter

 
Step Four // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Remove Rotted Rafter

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

Use a reciprocating saw to chop out the rotted rafter. Cut a replacement piece from pressure-treated lumber.

 
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Attach Cleat

 
Step Five // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Attach Cleat

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

5. Attach cleat

Use a powder-actuated nailer to attach a 2x4 cleat to a brick chimney. The cleat helps support the new overhang.

 
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Attach New Rafter

 
Step Six // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Attach New Rafter

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

Clamp a 1-by backing board in place and screw the new rafter to it. Screw the rafter to the chimney cleat as well.

 
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Seal Replacement Soffit

 
Step Seven // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Seal Replacement Soffit

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

Protect the edges of the plywood soffit from water penetration with a waxy sealer, such as AnchorSeal.

 
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Attach Replacement Soffit

 
Step Eight // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Attach Replacement Soffit

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

Fasten the plywood soffit to the underside of the eave or rake after priming both the top and bottom surfaces.

 
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Replace Crown Molding

 
Step Nine // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Replace Crown Molding

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

Replace the section of crown molding along the wall of the house directly beneath the rear edge of the new soffit.

 
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Attach Replacement Fascia

 
Step Ten // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Attach Replacement Fascia

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

10. Attach replacement fascia

Slide the new fascia into place, then attach it with galvanized nails. Set the nails and putty the holes.

 
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Attach Shingle Mold

 
Step Eleven // How to Repair a Rotted Soffit

Attach Shingle Mold

A rotted soffit is revitalized.

Attach the shingle mold along the top of the fascia. Use a tape measure to maintain a consistent reveal.

 

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