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How to Choose Between Vinyl and Aluminium Soffit

Are you planning to upgrade the soffit of your home? Here are the pros and cons of aluminium vs vinyl soffit, and how to decide which one is right for you.

Oftentimes, your roof will extend over the walls over your home. This overhang is referred to as the house eaves or the rafters of your roof. The underside of the rafters, which gives them a finished appearance, is known as soffit, which means ‘something fixed underneath.’

While soffit is most commonly used around a building’s main roof, it can also be used under:

  • Porches
  • Arches or columns
  • A flight of stairs

While you may not pay much attention to it, soffit has important aesthetic and functional purposes for your home.

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At Chinook Exteriors, our team is equipped to deliver top-quality exterior home services including soffit and fascia installation, as well as gutter maintenance, to add protection, value, and improved air circulation to your Calgary home.

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Do I Really Need Soffit?

While you may not pay much attention to your soffit, it is a very important feature of your home and works to:

  • Prevent mold growth, mildew, and rot.
  • Improve attic ventilation.
  • Add a finished look to your home’s exterior.
  • Protect the structural integrity of your home.


Vinyl vs Aluminium Soffit: Which One Should I Buy?

Based on sales volume of homes and buildings across Canada, most people opt for either aluminium or vinyl soffit. Why? They are the most cost-effective to manufacture, the easiest to install, and both are very lightweight.

If you are deciding between aluminium and vinyl soffit, here are the pros and cons for each:


Aluminium Soffit

Aluminium, with its unique properties, provides an aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective finish to the eaves of any building.


  • Aluminium is malleable and good for fitting into many different types of spaces.
  • It’s very durable and will not crack, rot, or chip.
  • It’s non-combustible.
  • Aluminium is very easy to keep clean and requires very little maintenance.
  • It’s water-resistant, so it’s ideal for wet regions.


  • Aluminium is more expensive than vinyl, and this can become a factor if you’re covering up a large area.
  • If a large enough force is applied, aluminium can dent.


Vinyl Soffit

Vinyl soffit is a popular choice for homes across Canada, due to its affordability and durability. Some of the benefits of vinyl soffit include:


  • It comes in a variety of colors and textures
  • Vinyl is durable and long-lasting
  • It’s more affordable than aluminium
  • It requires very little maintenance and only needs to be cleaned once a year.
  • Vinyl is very easy and quick to install.


  • Vinyl is more easily affected by heat compared to aluminium.
  • It can develop mold in damp climates.
  • It’s not as malleable as vinyl, making it harder to cut, bend, and install in varied spaces.
  • Vinyl can become brittle if exposed to regular sunlight.


Enhance the Function and Aesthetics of Your Home With Soffit Installation

Do you want to learn more about the costs and benefits of our siding repair and replacement services? Visit our Calgary office at Chinook Exteriors, Calgary, Alberta. T3M 0A9. Alternatively, you can contact us at 587-999-7170 or fill in our online contact form, and get a FREE estimate today!

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