Customary practice for painting soffits?


I hired a contractor to paint the exterior of my house, including trim. They were clear about certain exclusions – the (aluminum) fascia, the vinyl window trim – but the contract calls for them to paint the “eaves” (we agreed that referred to the bottom of the area where the roof overhangs the house).  They power washed and painted but did NOT paint the soffit vent area (6″ wide soffit venting that runs from front to back of the house).  Contractor claims that’s not wood (which is true) and it is therefore not included.  To me it seems crazy to say “we’ll paint the soffits” but not a 6″ swath on either side of the house.    Question:  Am I being unreasonable in insisting that this was part of the deal? 

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