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Spiff-Up Your Soffits

Posted on 26th Apr 2011 @ 1:20 PM


Get the look of beautiful wood soffits and eaves without the ROT!

One of the most dramatic enhancements you can give your home (without making structural changes) is adding detail to your soffit and roof eaves.  Nothing is prettier than the look of stained wood soffits, rafter-tails, cornices, or corbels.... except for the maintenance and rot.  Until now!  We offer a complete line of beautiful wood look products that are durable, maintenance free, and rot proof.
Add Rot Proof Spiffy "Wood" Soffits:
Dress up your soffits with rot proof faux wood panels.
soffit_panel.jpgSoffit_Detail.jpgIf you have overhangs, you have a soffit, and this is often a much overlooked but important part of the home’s appearance.  To better complement our line of faux wood corbels, rafter tails, brackets, and cornices, we developed a line of faux wood soffit panels and faux wood ceiling panels.  The richness of wood creates a look that would be be beautiful but a maintenance nightmare…. unless you use the ceiling or soffit faux wood panels from  These panels are easy to install, beautiful, and rot and pest resistant. Check them out HERE.


Add Rot Proof "Wood" Corbels:
Create a more formal appearance with Corbels.
WBKD-0608040.jpgcorbel-detail.jpgOne of the biggest differences between corbels and rafter tails is that corbels are almost always flat at the top, whereas rafter tails follow the slope (angle) of the roof.  They are used to “support” arches, beams, and roofs.  Under the roof’s overhang, corbels are often combined with cornices, and frieze boards.  Corbels can be very simple in design or very ornate (depending on the style of the home) and can be either wood or stone. Stone corbels are often very expensive, heavy and difficult to install.  Wood corbels often suffer from high maintenance and rot/pest problems. solves all those problems with our (proprietary) high density expanded polyurethane – faux wood and faux stone corbels.  The corbels look real, but are light, rot/pest resistant, and are easy to install. Check out our beautiful rot free corbels HERE.

Add Rot Proof Exposed "Wood" Rafter Tails:
 Create a Casual Style with Exposed Rafter Tails.
Rafter_Tail_Detail.jpgraftertail.jpgSome homes have a more casual feel created by exposed rafter tails.  Instead of covering the end of the rafters that stick out beyond the wall (creating the eave or overhang) – many homes have left the rafter tails exposed, and either painted or stained (depending on the architectural style).  To enhance the design, some carpenters cut designs into the end of the tails to give the home a unique look.  Often brackets are added to support larger overhangs or are added to corners for added effect. Exposing real Rafter Tails has lost favor over the years because the wood has a tendency to rot, and paint over wood becomes a high maintenance area of the home. offers rot-proof and low maintenance faux wood rafter tails that can be installed under the overhang directly to the existing soffit.  We even offer some that wrap around exposed rafter tails – giving new life to a formally high maintenance area.  Since our Rafter Tails are made from a (proprietary) high density expanded polyurethane, rot, pests and maintenance are no longer a problem.

Check out our rot free and easy to install rafter tails HERE

Add a Rot Proof "Wood" Cornice:
Create a clean and classy look with a cornice.
cornice-and-frieze-detail.jpgWhile rafter tails, brackets, and corbels will add a fantastic level of detail, sometimes a very classy and clean look can be accomplished with a cornice.  A cornice is basically a crown molding for the area where the overhang meets the wall.  Cornices can be made of wood or stone, and can stand on their own or be combined with corbels. Stone cornices are expensive and heavy, making them hard to install, whereas wood cornices have a tendency to rot and be prone to pests. solves all those problems by providing faux wood cornices and faux stone cornices made with our (proprietary) high density expanded polyurethane.  Rot, pests, and maintenance will no longer be a concern, plus they are easy to intall!


Some History:
entablature_detail.jpgThe soffit / eave area is a very important part of any home or building as it helps to define the architectural style.  Different styles of homes have completely different ways of handling this area. For example, bank and federal buildings often have very formal and strong entablatures based on classical architectural styles.  The Romans and Greeks developed the Doric, Corinthian, Tuscan and Ionic orders.  Each one of these styles has a particular height, design, and spacing ratio unique to its vernacular. In typical North American homes, we borrow from some of these standards but are greatly influenced by the styles, materials, and construction methods native to our regions and the people that first settled there.  In the Southern and South-Western areas, the Spanish influence is found in stucco homes with exposed wood rafters or ornate stone cornices and corbels.  In the North-East, colonial homes sport an English influence ranging from simple exposed rafters to ornate corbels and friezes on estate homes. Although some soffit areas might be very elaborate to build, many homes can be dressed up by just adding some brackets, corbels, rafter tails, cornice, frieze boards or soffits quite easily with light-weight and durable FusionKast Products offered by

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