Repairing a Melted Soffit
When the barbecue grill gets too close to an overhang, all you can do is replace heat-damaged parts
Above is a picture of my back porch after the grill exhaust got too close to the soffit. Is there a way to repair these pieces, or will I just have to replace them?
—Bill Harris, Cache, OK
Well, the good news here is that you avoided a house fire! But you will have to replace those panels; there’s no way to reverse the melting process. Take an undamaged soffit piece to your local vinyl siding supplier and buy new material to match what you have. Then remove the melted pieces and follow the steps in this video from the Vinyl Siding Institute to put the new panels in place.
Heavy-duty straight-cut tin snips, like the Andy MV12, will come in handy for cutting the pieces to length. You’ll also need a siding removal tool, like this SideSwiper II model SRT2, to hook the new vinyl pieces onto the undamaged ones.
Good luck with the repair. Also, go ahead and move your grill at least 10 feet from the house, including any overhangs.
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