How can I repair this sagging soffit board (pic attached)?

by Walker

I don't see any water damage here that would have caused this. Only thing I can guess is simply being old and gravity doing its thing. The wood still seems to be in pretty decent shape on the fascia and soffit. I do not see anywhere in the corner where there are any nails or trim screws that would indicate where a board is to tack the sagging soffit board back up into. I was hoping to just use trim screws to get it back into place. I just don't want to start screwing screws in and them not have anything to grab into. Any suggestions?Thanks in advance.

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  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 09, 2019

    We had something very similar with our soffit. There was no water damage the wood just seemed to warp due to it's age. Hubby just nailed it back in place and I slapped a fresh coat of paint on it and it just fine now. This was a few years ago.

  • William William on Jul 09, 2019

    Yep, do what Betsy suggests. Pry the wood down a little and look into it with a flashlight.

  • Michelle Baumeister Michelle Baumeister on Jul 10, 2019

    Our house was made with your kind of soffit. After doing all that was suggested above, it kept getting worse over time. Bite the bullet and get aluminum soffit. It looks better and lasts (and doesn't allow critters to get into your attic), and makes the value of your house go up instead of down.

  • Steven Steven on Jul 10, 2019

    The real problem might be that you’re trapping too much damp air that’s causing the soffit to warp. I would be inclined to cut out several areas along each side of the house and put in vents. The also make soffits that are ventilated.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jul 10, 2019

    I do agree with all who've said pry it down and be CERTAIN there is no dry rot, etc. behind there. If not, nail or screw it in place. You can add a little caulk to the hole prior to putting in the screws to keep all moisture out.

    And yes, you should definitely have soffit vents installed! It not only keeps air moving along the soffits to keep this type of issue from happening, it moves air in/out of the attic to help keep the extreme heat under control. If you have no soffit vents or ridge vents, you run a risk of an attic fire. Plus, you will help your utility usage.