Silencing Siding Soffits
Posted Jan 27th 2014 | By:
There is nothing like a gentle breeze on a pleasant day. A rush of air against your skin can refresh and invigorate you, filling you with a sense of calm and peace. There can be relaxation in the wind and such relaxation is enjoyed by many. That is, unless you live in a home with siding soffits that rattle in that wind.
When you had your aluminum siding installed, you probably figured it was a low-maintenance choice that you would not have to put much thought into ever again. As luck would have it, however, with time you started to hear a noise. As time progressed, the noise grew louder. Present only on windy days, that noise grew more and more disruptive. Your sleep was interrupted, your sleeping baby was awakened from much needed naps, all thanks to aluminum siding soffit panels that were not fixed to your home as firmly as they should have been and were promised to be by the manufacturer and installer.
A soffit is basically the eave of your home. It exists where there is a flat section comprising a ceiling of sorts that extends from the outer walls of your home to create an overhang to which your roof attaches. Soffits should be fixed into place during building and installation, but sometimes they do come loose, especially those that have ventilation slats. While this is extremely inconvenient in terms of noise production, it is a problem that can be easily fixed.
The main problem with a noisy soffit is that it probably has excess space in which to move. They are intended to fit into grooves but the grooves can be too wide, allowing movement that creates sound. To solve this problem, all you need to do is narrow the grooves. In the process of doing this, you disallow the soffit the freedom to move and the noise stops.
The easiest way to stop a soffit from moving is through the use of screen spline. All you have to do is push it up into the groove space where the noisy soffit exists. You can do this with a glazer's knife, putty knife, or even a spatula. Push the screen spline up into the groove with the tool of your choice, being careful to push only far enough to prevent visibility; you do not want to push your screen spline too far and have it disappear into a void of uselessness. While doing this, be careful of your finger placement (to avoid injury) and that of your tools (to avoid scratches to the soffit panels themselves).
With a little bit of screen spline and time, you will be able to give yourself the gift of silence. Restful sleep will return, both to you and your family, and all will be peaceful and sound-free within your home once again. Sleep tight; don't let the soffit panels continue keeping you up all night!
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