The soffit and fascia act as the trim around your roofing. A simple color swap can completely transform your curb appeal. Whether you’re building a new home or replacing your existing soffit/fascia, color selection is crucial. Check out this guide to learn how to choose soffit and fascia colors.
What Is the Difference between a Soffit and Fascia?
The soffit is the horizontal “ceiling” that runs underneath the overhang of your roofing. If you stand directly next to the house and look up, you’re looking at the soffit.
The fascia includes vertical trim boards that run along the front of the soffit. This creates a clean look and visually separates the roofing from the siding. The fascia boards are the most noticeable features when approaching the house, but the soffit is still visible from various angles.
Standard Soffit and Fascia Colors
The most common soffit and fascia colors are white and varying shades of cream/tan. These neutrals look great with many siding colors and styles. With that in mind, there is a whole color wheel to choose from. You could explore other neutrals, like grey, black or chocolate brown. You could also select accent colors, such as brick red, navy blue or forest green.
Neutrals are a safe bet because they can transition to different design trends, but that doesn’t mean you should feel trapped in that box. If you think a rust orange fascia is going to perfectly fit your home, go for it! Just note how it may affect your future pool of buyers.
Does the Soffit Have to Match the Fascia Boards?
The soffit and fascia boards typically match, but that is not always the case. Some homeowners choose contrasting colors for visual interest, and others choose slight variations of the same shade. If you’re looking to play it safe, matching colors would be the way to go.
How to Choose Fascia and Soffit Colors
Here are some tips to select the perfect fascia and soffit colors:
- Work around the colors in your roofing and siding. The soffit and fascia boards should tie into these colors in some way.
- Choose a color that matches your roofing, if you like. This is works best for homes with high rooflines. If you have a low-lying roof, the fascia board will bring the eye down and make it look even lower.
- Select a color that matches your trim. This is a common approach to fascia board selection, where the fascia matches the rest of the trim on the house.
- Don’t forget about your gutter colors. This will also impact the appearance of your home. You could choose gutters that blend in with the fascia or choose a contrasting color (white fascia, back gutters). This should be part of your cohesive design plan.
- Look at inspiration from similarly styled homes. You might explore Pinterest for houses with your siding color or look around your neighborhood to see what the soffits look like. This will help you better visualize your options and select the best one for your needs.
If you’d like help choosing your roofing, siding, soffit, fascia, or other exterior materials, McLean Roofing and Siding is here for you. Give us a call at (248) 524-1111 or stop by our showroom in Troy MI. Our address is:
McLean Roofing and Siding
321 E Maple Rd
Troy, MI 48083