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Performance Based Soffit Design | Pure + FreeForm

  • Use

    Exterior, can transition to interior ceiling
  • Applications

    Facades, soffits, canopies, roofs, screen walls, column cover, interior walls, ceilings, hollow-metal doors, millwork, signage
  • Characteristics

    Lightweight, weather-resistant, rigid, single skin, non-combustible, 100% recyclable, low maintenance, VOC free, Red List free, made from at least 20% recycled content
  • Format

    Sheet, panel
  • Colors

    Any Pure + FreeForm collection finish, any custom designed finish
  • Sizes

    Width: 48" | Height: up to 177"
  • Certification

    Class A Fire Rating
  • Guarantee

    20-year Warranty

More about this product

Often the unsung heroes of buildings, soffits are, at their core, a functional and critical building element. With so many materials available today, what should be considered when designing or choosing a soffit material? Pure+FreeForm has developed four major considerations to help guide performance-based soffit design choices.

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1. Material Aesthetic

Once traditionally made from wood, modern soffits can take on a variety of appearances and materials. Our soffit woodgrains are what we call "solutions-based" designs. These finishes allow designers to capture a specific tone or species of wood and the grain size and depth. We can also add layers of texture to the topcoat to offer depth and make the appearance exceptionally lifelike.

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2. Durability and Performance

Because a soffit is open to the elements, durability is essential. An AAMA 2605 rating ensures the material will resist UV degradation, corrosion, and chemical exposure. Pairing this with a FEVE resin creates a superior performance of the color and gloss level of the finish for optimal longevity. In terms of fire resistance, a standard ASTM E84 Class A Fire Rating ensures little to no flame or smoke development on the soffit.

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3. Profile of the Panels

Soffit panels are typically flat, but designers can also use soffits to play with light. For this, a Flat Lock system (bronze) offers uniformity in the panels, the angled position of the panels allows light to reflect at various angles, while more relief in the reveals gives it the ability to create shadows. For a more traditional flat appearance, a Flush Reveal system (woodgrain) will offer uniform, clean lines, and an evenly flat surface.

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4. Does the Material Transition to the Interior?

Finally, designers should determine if the soffit will stand alone or if it transitions to an interior ceiling. If the material transitions to the interior, should the panels be acoustical or accessible? A flexible material that can be used in a variety of systems will ensure there is cohesion through the glazing. For optimal interior air quality, choose materials and finishes that are additionally VOC and Red List free.

Soffit Benefits

  • Lightweight
  • Weather-resistant
  • Single skin
  • Low maintenance

Product Features

  • Customizable
  • 20-Year warranty
  • Non-combustible
  • Class A Fire Rating
  • 100% Recyclable
  • Resists UV degradation & corrosion
  • Resists chemical exposure
  • Sustainable

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