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Old 2010-08-30, 09:25 AM
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Hi all, I know i asked this before and said I'd post pictures, but I can't find my original post anymore. Anyways, there is a gab between the aluminum siding (ceiling) and the brick of my home. I'll put that on my one year list, but I just want to know how you'd expect them to fix this. Here are some pics:
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Old 2010-08-30, 01:08 PM
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looks like they installed the soffit too high, and you can see some exposed structure. you could ask them to lower it if it's a porch roof, but not sure if they can do much with a regular roof overhang/soffit. even lowering it a half inch would cover that, but you'd want it lowered evenly all around.

i wouldn't ask them to caulk it as it would just hold moisture in the space above.
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Old 2010-08-30, 01:43 PM
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yes it is a porch roof. what is a soffit? is there anything wrong with leaving it like that?

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looks like they installed the soffit too high, and you can see some exposed structure. you could ask them to lower it if it's a porch roof, but not sure if they can do much with a regular roof overhang/soffit. even lowering it a half inch would cover that, but you'd want it lowered evenly all around.

i wouldn't ask them to caulk it as it would just hold moisture in the space above.
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Old 2010-08-30, 03:16 PM
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My soffit above my garage was crooked as well and they were able to fix it. So yeah put it on your one year.
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Old 2010-08-31, 11:36 PM
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what is a soffit? is there anything wrong with leaving it like that?
The soffit is the horizontal panels under the overhang of your roof and the ceiling of the porch. Is there anything wrong with it? Really it's just an aesthetic concern if you're standing there looking straight up. Trying to caulk the gap will likely look worse. The soffit could likely be lowered. It's quite a bit of work to dismantle it piece by piece and then put it up again. Maybe a piece of trim could be installed above or below to conceal the gap.
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Old 2010-09-01, 09:25 AM
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i don't think lowering it will do much. there will still be a gap between the soffit and the bricks, but at least you won't see the wood above it. what would you want them to do?
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I'm a siding installer so I thought I'd chime in
You can do a few things, caulking would seal it, and it wouldn't hold it moisture. You wouldn't have to worry about that, but it is the cheapest, easiest and also probably the least visually appealing option.
You could also ask the siding installer to bend a piece of trim in the shape of an "L" to close it up. It would come out 1/2 inch to 1 inch over the soffit and back down the brick wall the same distance.
Or you could also get a mason to fill in the gap with motor, make it look like a motor joint in the brick.
Myself I'd be happy with either of the last two options.
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Old 2010-10-05, 09:14 AM
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thanks for your reply WCN. I'd prefer the last option, but considering the horrible brick/mortor job they did on my house, they'd probably make a mess of it.

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You can do a few things, caulking would seal it, and it wouldn't hold it moisture. You wouldn't have to worry about that, but it is the cheapest, easiest and also probably the least visually appealing option.
You could also ask the siding installer to bend a piece of trim in the shape of an "L" to close it up. It would come out 1/2 inch to 1 inch over the soffit and back down the brick wall the same distance.
Or you could also get a mason to fill in the gap with motor, make it look like a motor joint in the brick.
Myself I'd be happy with either of the last two options.
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Old 2010-10-05, 11:30 PM
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Maybe you could express that concern to the builder, see if they can get in a different mason, and mention to do something to protect to soffit from them smearing motor on that as well....something as simple as painters tape.
Most of the mason's I know would make a mess of the soffit as well.
But bending a "L" piece to cover the gap is a livable option as well in my opinion.
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Sorry to raise this from the archive. I have the same problem in my new house, all around the perimeter there are large gaps. I now have wasps entering the attic.
Builder refuses to fix it.
Are there any references in Tarion that this is not acceptable quality? I can't seem to find any, but I don't believe this is considered normal.
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