How To Mount Security Cameras To The Soffit: Ultimate Guide

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Mounting a security camera to the soffit can seem daunting at first. Especially you need to consider a lot of things such as your camera specs, the tools you have, the type of soffit of your house, and what you want to do with the camera.

This extensive step-by-step guide will show you how you can install your security camera on the soffit without messing up your home decoration.

Even if you’re a beginner, you can follow this article and set up your home security in only a few hours. I will also share some tips you can follow and some rookie mistakes you should avoid.

So then, let’s mount your security camera!

Types of Security Cameras

Different types of security cameras will have different setups. Depending on which type you own, you may need to take extra precautions and a different approach.

Some cameras are easier to install than others. Some devices require fewer tools than others.

Below are some of the most common security camera types for your convenience.

Connectivity

  • Wired Camera: Needs to be wired to a power outlet for functioning.
  • Wireless or IP Camera: Uses batteries for power.

Shape

  • Bullet Camera: Cylindrical shaped and usually wireless. Easier to install.
  • Dome Camera: Mounted on ceilings and require connecting to a central recording device using cables. Harder to install. Provides a wider view.
  • Turret or Eyeball Camera: Small, ball-and-socket design. Can be mounted at any angle because the camera can pivot around. Easy to install.
  • PTZ Camera: Panning, tilting, or zooming for more flexibility to monitor what you want.

How to Choose the Right Camera for Soffit Mounting?

Before buying a camera you want to mount to the soffit, keep these in mind –

  • The camera shouldn’t be so heavy it falls off the soffit.
  • More wires mean more drilling and more mess. Wireless might be an easier option
  • The camera should have mounting equipment out of the box so that you can mount them without buying any extra parts.

Types of Soffits

Just like the variety in cameras, there are several types of soffits depending on the material. The difficulty of installing the camera varies due to the material. Check which material your soffit is made from and take the provided necessary steps to mount to it.

Some of the most common types of soffits are –

  • Vinyl Soffit
  • Aluminum Soffit
  • Wooden Soffit
  • UPVC Soffit
  • Fiber Cement Soffit

Tools Needed For Mounting Security Cameras on Soffit

The tools you need will vary according to the type of camera and soffit you have. Below are some of the must-have tools –

  • Drill
  • Cables and connectors
  • Screws
  • Drill bits
  • Pencil or marker
  • Cutter
  • Tape
  • Fish pole
  • Hammer
  • Aluminum or wooden strip
  • Metal Blade
  • Siding removal tool
  • Silicone
  • Small or medium ladder

Mounting The Camera To A Vinyl Soffit

Installing security cameras under eave with vinyl soffit. If you have a vinyl soffit, this will be a pretty straightforward process. Follow each step and you will be done in no time.

Step #1: Choose A Suitable Location

First thing you need to do is choose the best location (or locations if you want to install multiple) for your camera.

Once you’ve chosen the location, it’s time to decide on the height and angle.

Try to install the camera high enough to get detailed footage of front view. Keeping it too low will make it easier to get damaged or stolen. A good height can be between 8-9 feet.

For the angle, use your view to determine how wide you want it to cover. You can use a pencil or marker to mark the angle on the soffit.

Step #2: Prepare Your Aluminium Strip

Measure the soffit length from the outer side towards the inner side. You will need this for cutting your aluminum strip.

Cut the aluminum according to this measurement. Remember to keep it an inch or so less than the actual length you measured. This will allow you to fit the aluminum to the soffit easily.

You can use spray paint to give it the same color as your soffit

Step #3: Install Your Mountain Bracket Onto The Strip

Most cameras will have a drill template for you to follow. If not, you can still put the mountain bracket on the strip and mark the screw positions.

Use the drill to make some holes on the strip that match the screw positions. Put your mountain bracket on it. Now screw the holes. Make them tight and sturdy.

If you’ve followed everything carefully, you should have something like this

Screwing the mountain bracket

Step #4: Setup the Strip to the Soffit

Now is the tricky part. Remember I said to keep your aluminum strip a bit shorter than the soffit length? You’ll know why soon.

Take the aluminum strip and try to enter its one side to the inner side of the soffit. Try to do it at an angle. Once it’s in, try to fit in the other side to the outer side of the soffit.

If you’re done, try to pull the strip toward the ground. This will help you understand whether the strip is attached sturdily. If not, try to fix the angles to make it fit properly.

If you think the length is too short to fit in, you will need to go over this step from the beginning. You can drill some extra screws on both sides to give it a solid standing.

Step #5: Managing Your Wires

If you’re going with a Wireless camera, you can skip this step. For you wired folks, you need to deal with this extra painful step.

Drill big enough holes on the soffit so that the wires can move without resistance. You can measure this using the connectors that you will need to go through the holes. Use the correct drill bits to make the holes.

You may need to remove some portion of the soffit so that you can see inside. This will help you decide where to make the hole.

Find a way to reach the attic of your house. You should find little space between the eave and the side wall. If not, you will need to drill to make one.

Tape the wires to your fish pole. Now try to enter the fish pole through the space into the attic. It will be a bit difficult since you can’t see where exactly it’s going. Just push around and you will get it inside in no time.

The reason we’re using a fish pole is to make it easier to get all the needed wires inside. You can reach longer this way.

Go to your attic and pull in the fish pole. You now have all the wires.

Take them inside to finish all the connectivity. If you don’t have a power outlet nearby, you will need to use extenders. This is why choosing the correct position to place your camera is important.

For NVR cameras, connect your cable to the hard disk.

Step #6: Attach Your Camera

You have an aluminum strip fit to the soffit. Now carefully attach your camera to the mountain bracket. Tighten up the screws properly.

Make sure you get the correct angle. This may take a few attempts to get right. If everything went according to plan, you should have a setup like this

attach your camera to soffit

You can use silicone to make the attachment even stronger.

Step #7: Power Up The Camera

You’ve done the tough part. Now to test out your new camera.

For wireless cameras –

  • Download the official app on your phone
  • Connect the camera to your Wi-Fi
  • Connect the camera to your phone app. You’re done.

For wired cameras, it depends on the power source. Read the manual to find out the power source of your specific model. Turn on the switch of your power outlet. Setup the hard disk system and you’re good to go.

Mounting the Camera to An Aluminum Soffit

For the most part, you can follow our Vinyl Soffit guide to mount the camera to an Aluminum Soffit. Here are a few things you should consider though. Since aluminum is more durable than vinyl, you can directly drill and mount your camera onto it.

In case you think your aluminum soffit is not strong enough to hold the camera, you can use a wooden strip on top of it.

  • Use the siding removal tool to remove some of the aluminum.
  • Get a correctly measured wooden board.
  • Install the wooden board on top of the aluminum soffit.
  • Place the aluminum back in its place and fix the position using a hammer.
  • Drill holes and mount your camera onto the wooden board.
  • Follow the previous instructions to manage the wires and power up your camera.

Common Mistakes When Installing Security Cameras To Soffits

If you’re new to installing security cameras, you may end up making one or more of these mistakes. Try to avoid them at all costs so that you don’t have to face any brutal consequences.

  • Mounting the camera too high or too low: Too much height will make it difficult to identify faces properly. Mounting too low can cause damage to it from people or animals.
  • Drilling other wires or components: You need to be extra careful when using the drill. If there are other electric wires or devices near the attic or wall, you may end up with holes in them.
  • Not aiming the cameras well: Try to aim the cameras in the right direction. The Camera’s focal length and view angle will determine how you aim it. Make sure to cover any blind spot so that you don’t miss anything.
  • Blocking the camera vision: If you’re using cameras with IR features, make sure nothing gets in its way. Wall or close objects can create unwanted IR reflection, causing foggy or distorted footage.
  • Not weatherproofing your cables: Since you’re mounting your camera outdoors, weatherproofing your connections is a must. Put on weatherproof connectors before you crimp your cables.

Conclusion

Installing surveillance cameras is a superb way to monitor the outdoors. But when it comes to mounting security cameras to the soffit for the first time, it can seem quite challenging. Especially if you don’t know the ins and outs of security cameras.

Choosing the perfect camera type, mounting location, and installation method are the three most important steps in the process of installing a security camera on a soffit.

This guide shows you exactly how you can achieve it without making mistakes. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know in the comments down below.

Palash is an entrepreneur in the tech industry and the author of the Smart Home Protector. As a tech entrepreneur & reviewer of a home safety gadget store, his job helps customers remain on top of what's coming next in our rapidly changing world.

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