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Any reason to not paint soffits & fascia dark color?

Posted by BAVE (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 9, 12 at 16:00

We're about to sign off on a very dark brown paint for our soffits and roof fascia as well as corbels. The fascia is all primed Hardie board material. Is there anything I should be concerned about if painting the soffits and fascia a very dark, near black, color? BTW, we're in the deep South with plenty of sun, heat, and humidity.

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RE: Any reason to not paint soffits & fascia dark color?

Many homes in our neighborhood (central AL) have dark soffits and trim. Many used Hardi board materials. No one has had problems. We've been in our home 7 years and owned land 2 years before building.

RE: Any reason to not paint soffits & fascia dark color?

Great to hear! Most homes here have white or off white trim but the GC said not to be concerned.

RE: Any reason to not paint soffits & fascia dark color?

One of the reasons lighter colors are popular on houses is that they do not fade as fast as dark colors in strong sunlight. Also, the use of white on architectural detailing makes them more distinct and prominent. Brown contains some red so it sometimes fades to a soft muddy color. I would also be concerned about fungus on dark soffits in damp climates. Be sure to look at similar colors on the soffits of other houses. If the contractor has never used this color range in this manner before I would be skeptical of his advice.

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