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!
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.
Before buying a camera you want to mount to the soffit, keep these in mind –
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 –
The tools you need will vary according to the type of camera and soffit you have. Below are some of the must-have tools –
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
You can use silicone to make the attachment even stronger.
You’ve done the tough part. Now to test out your new camera.
For wireless cameras –
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.
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.
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.
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.