Title:
Roof Fascia Soffit Trim
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A trim piece that encapsulates the roof, soffit and fascia of a building is described in addition to methods of making and installing the trim piece. The trim piece member provides, among other things, wind protection for buildings. The single piece of shaped trim is installed over roof members, fascia and soffit, and is attached to the wall. The trim member includes among other things, drip edges, ventilation holes, and a features that allows for condensation to collect and drip out of the inside of the installed trim. The trim is preferably comprised of a corrosion resistant aluminum-zinc alloy applied on steel by a continuous hot-dip process.


Inventors:
Collinsworth, Barry Jay (Duncanville, TX, US)
Application Number:
13/792149
Publication Date:
09/12/2013
Filing Date:
03/10/2013
Assignee:
COLLINSWORTH BARRY JAY
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
52/741.4, 52/745.21, 72/362
International Classes:
E04D13/152
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Claims:
I claim:

1. A single-piece soffit and facia plate comprising; a roof nailer; a side piece extending downwardly from said roof nailer; at least one drip feature on said side piece; a horizontal piece extending inwardly from said at least one drip feature or said side piece; said horizontal piece having a series of bends positioned end-to-end, a final piece extending downwardly from said series of bends.

2. The single-piece soffit and facia plate of claim 1, wherein one of said at least one drip features is a corner wherein said corner comprises a ninety-degree bend from said side piece, a horizontal section, a second ninety-degree bend from said horizontal section, a vertical section extending upwardly, and a third ninety-degree bend from said vertical section to said horizontal piece.

3. The single-piece soffit and facia plate of claim 1, wherein said horizontal piece further comprises at least one v-bend, wherein said v-bend further includes at least one weep hole.

4. The single-piece soffit and facia plate of claim 1, wherein said horizontal piece includes a plurality of vent holes.

5. The single-piece soffit and facia plate of claim 1, wherein the single plate is made of corrosion resistant material.

6. The single-piece soffit and facia plate of claim 1, wherein the single plate is made of zinc-aluminum alloy.

7. A method of encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building comprising: attaching a single piece of material to the roof of a structure, wherein said single piece of material comprises; a roof nailer; a side piece extending downwardly from said roof nailer; at least one drip feature on said side piece; a horizontal piece extending inwardly from said at least one drip feature or said side piece; said horizontal piece having a series of bends positioned end-to-end, a final piece extending downwardly from said series of bends; and, attaching said final piece to a wall of said structure.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein the attaching steps further comprise using corrosion resistant attachment materials.

9. The method of encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 7, wherein one of said at least one drip features is a corner wherein said corner comprises a ninety-degree bend from said side piece, a horizontal section, a second ninety-degree bend from said horizontal section, a vertical section extending upwardly, and a third ninety-degree bend from said vertical section to said horizontal piece.

10. The method of encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 7, wherein said horizontal piece further comprises at least one v-bend, wherein said v-bend further includes at least one weep hole.

11. The method of encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 7, wherein said horizontal piece includes a plurality of vent holes.

12. The method of encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 7, wherein the single plate is made of corrosion resistant material.

13. The method of encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 7, wherein the single plate is made of zinc-aluminum alloy.

14. A method of creating a single piece of material for encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building comprising: bending material to create are obtuse angle creating a first a roof nailer and a side piece; bending said material on said side piece to create at least one drip feature; bending said material on said side piece with an approximate right angle to create a horizontal piece extending inwardly from said at least one drip feature or said side piece; and, bending a series of bends end-to-end in said horizontal piece.

15. A method of creating a single piece of material for encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 14, wherein bending one of said at least one drip features comprises bending a ninety-degree bend on said side piece, bending a second ninety-degree bend, a bending a third ninety-degree bend in the opposite direction of the first two ninety degree bends.

16. A method of creating a single piece of material for encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 14, further comprising at least one v-bend on said horizontal piece, and further comprises removing material on the fulcrum of said v-bend to create at least one weep hole.

17. A method of creating a single piece of material for encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 14, further comprising removing material between said series of bends and said approximate right angle to create vent holes in said horizontal piece.

18. A method of creating a single piece of material for encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 14, wherein the single plate is made of corrosion resistant material.

19. A method of creating a single piece of material for encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 14, wherein the single plate is made of zinc-aluminum

20. A method of creating a single piece of material for encapsulating the roof decking, soffit and facia of a building of claim 14, further comprising attaching said single piece to a structure.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This is a non-provisional application of provisional application 61609316 filed Mar. 11, 2012.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

Not Applicable

REFERENCE TO SEQUENCE LISTING, A TABLE, OR A COMPUTER PROGRAM LISTING COMPACT DISK APPENDIX

Not Applicable

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is in the technical field of combined fascia and soffit members. More particularly, the present invention is in the technical field of combined soffit and fascia members that are used to provide weather resistant features for buildings.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is a trim piece that encapsulates the roof, soffit and fascia of a building. The trim piece member provides, among other things, wind protection for buildings. The single piece of shaped trim is installed over roof members, fascia and soffit, and is attached to the wall. The trim member includes among other things, drip edges, ventilation holes, and a features that allows for condensation to collect and drip out of the inside of the installed trim. The trim is preferably comprised of a corrosion resistant aluminum-zinc alloy applied on steel by a continuous hot-dip process.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a side view of the apparatus installed.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the apparatus.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to the invention in more detail, FIG. 1 shows the trim piece 100 installed onto a building. Trim piece 100 is installed over roof elements 120, continues downward past the fascia board 150, under the soffit 160 and continues to the side wall of the building 140.

Referring now to the trim piece in more detail FIG. 2 shows the preferred embodiment. Roof nailer 10 is the section of the trim piece intended to fit over roof decking. Side piece 20 is the vertical section of the trim piece extending downwards from roof nailer 10. First drip feature 30 is shown and provides an angled section that encourages fluids to drip off of side piece 20. Corner 40 transitions the trim piece from a vertical section to a horizontal section, and in the preferred embodiment has an additional feature that forbids water from traveling from side piece 20 to horizontal piece 45. In the figure, said additional feature is the use of two additional ninety degree bends. Horizontal section 45 is shown and extends from corner 40 to the end of the trim piece. FIG. 2 shows the trim piece in the installed shape, where the trim piece has been folded at bends 80 to fit the particular soffit length.

Still referring to the trim piece shown in FIG. 2, v-bend 50 is shown. V-bend 50 is a feature that is used to channel condensation, and is also added to provide additional rigidity for the trim piece. FIG. 2 shows two instances of v-bend 50, but more or less v-bends may be used. Weep holes 60 are sections of material that have been removed from v-bends 50 that allow for condensation drainage. The preferred embodiment uses ⅛″ holes every six feet.

Still referring to the trim piece shown in FIG. 2, vent holes 70 are shown. Vent holes 70 are generally a series of holes placed long horizontal section 45 that allow for ventilation of the building through the trim piece after the trim piece is installed. Final section 90 is shown and is the end piece of horizontal section 45 that is fastened to the wall of the building after horizontal section 45 is bent along bends 80.

The preferred embodiment is a trim piece made from steel having a corrosion resistant aim. zinc alloy applied by a continuous hot-dip process. One such product has the trade name Galvalume.

The advantages of the present invention include, without limitation, a trim piece that encapsulates the roof decking, soffit and fascia, such that a building has additional protection from wind and rain.

in broad embodiment, the present invention is a single trim piece that may be installed on a building to encapsulate the roof decking, soffit and fascia of a building.

While the foregoing written description of the invention enables one of ordinary skill to make and use what is considered presently to be the best mode thereof, those of ordinary skill will understand and appreciate the existence of variations, combinations, and equivalents of the specific embodiment, method, and examples herein. The invention should therefore not be limited by the above described embodiment, method, and examples, but by all embodiments and methods within the scope and spirit of the invention.