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Vinyl soffit comes in several varieties – solid, beaded, ventilated and hidden ventilated – and is specified by reveal and style. Vinyl soffit is available in a variety of colors, the most popular choice being white.
Some solid vinyl soffit can also be used for vertical siding applications.
Provides channels to receive siding at the inside corner of two adjoining walls.
Used in conjunction with 31⁄2" – 5" lineals and J-Channel to create a custom-molded window or door header.
Typically 5" – 6" reveal, can be used as a starter course for siding, a frieze board, a bold line separating levels of a house, or a transition piece in installations where siding alternates between horizontal, vertical and/or specialty profiles.
Decorative eave trim used as an architectural accent. Available in a variety of styles.
The most striking features of this style are usually its windows and distinctive cornices below low-pitched or flat roofs. Cornice lines under wide, overhanging eaves feature large brackets in a wide range of shapes and spacing.
Italianate houses can feature vinyl siding in traditional clapboard (with a choice of 3” to 8” reveals), beaded (with a choice of 6” to 7” reveals), or Dutchlap (with a choice of 3” to 5½” reveals). Not as common, but seen in modern interpretation, is board & batten (available in vertical reveals of 6” to 8”).
Accents for the façade, window bays and/or other portions of the exterior include a diverse selection of shapes, including scallops, hexagon, octagon, fish scale, and half cove.
Historically, a light to medium palette in all colors except reds, greens, and browns. Modern interpretation may include darker colors, especially for trim elements. Vinyl and polypropylene siding come in hundreds of colors certified to withstand fading.
Options suited for Italianate style include crown and dentil molding on fascia or friezes; simple to elaborate vertical eave brackets; pediment window crowns; band boards at the foundation or between floors; and beaded soffit.
Large brackets, either singly or in pairs, commonly embellish the wide eaves of Italianate houses.