Aluminum soffit panels are used to cover the eaves and underhangs on homes to protect them from the elements. The soffits are held in place by a J-channel attached to the side of the house and by screws on the underside of the eaves. Removing aluminum soffit panels doesn't require any specialized equipment, but a tall ladder is usually necessary to reach high spots.
Things You'll Need
- Screwdriver/power screwdriver
Remove any downspouts or gutters attached to the outside of the trim panels by prying out the nails or loosening the screws attaching them in place with a hammer or prybar. Use the ladder, if needed, to reach high areas.
Pull off the trim panels on the exterior face of the roof. Depending on their installation, these might be connected with screws or nails.
Loosen the screws on the soffit panels connecting them to the underside of the roof.
Lower the soffit panel and slide it out of the J-channel at the rear. Set the panel aside.
Continue working your way down the side of the roof, unscrewing the soffit panels and pulling them out of the J-channel until you have removed all the panels.
Tips & Warnings
- Use caution when using ladders or extension ladders. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Wear safety gloves when handling aluminum soffits, as the edges are often sharp.
- Home Improvement 1-2-3: Expert Advice from the Home Depot, The Home Depot, 2005
- Jemstar Builders: Soffit Installation