How to Build Porch Skirting, Soffits & Fascias

Give your porch, veranda or deck that professionally finished look.

Porch Lattice and Fascia

Add the finishing touches to your project with deck skirt boards, a drip rail and lattice panels.

The screened lattice panels prevent wasps and other insects from nesting under your deck. And the attached heavy duty landscape fabric will keep the weeds from taking over.

These plans also include:

  • how to install vinyl soffit and aluminum fascia
  • facing structural beams with plywood
  • tips on ceiling installation
  • making a simple finish trim moulding.

Skirt Boards and Drip Rail

There are a couple of reasons for adding the skirt boards and drip rail.

  • The pressure treated structural components of the deck and fasteners are just that – structural. No amount of paint will cover screw and nail heads, joist hangers, rosebuds from hammers, or the nicks and gouges that occur during construction.
  • Besides adding an appropriate architectural detail, the Drip Rail provides a "cap" for the lattice panels below, allowing them to step out slightly from the deck, providing visual "mass" to the foundation of the entire structure.

    test fitting the skirt boardnylon screening helps to keep wasps out





Lattice Panels

Lattice Panels serve a few useful functions:

  • They keep unwanted critters from setting up housekeeping under your porch or deck.
  • They allow air to circulate, minimizing moisture accumulation which will damage the structural framing.
  • They help to visually anchor the structure to landscape

Fascia & Soffit

Although our house is over 100 years old it’s not a "preservation" project. The house had vinyl siding added in the 1970’s which is still in good condition. I used pre-formed 6" high aluminum fascia and perforated vinyl soffit on the porch to match the main structure. Installation details are included in these plans.

Installing soffits

Porch beam fascia, ceiling and soffit






While these plans include a few tips on ceiling installation, I encourage you to check out our Veranda Ceiling Do-over and Installing a T & G Ceiling by Yourself posts for more details.

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Complete your project with these Stonehaven companion plans.

Finished veranda


– How to Build Traditional Porch Railings

– Build No-Sag Gates for your Porch or Deck
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