Before we go any further, it is probably best that we define soffit and fascia. Many homeowners are not familiar with these terms. Soffit and fascia are some of the most important parts of the overall function of your roofing system.
A soffit can be both an interior and exterior part of your home. For our purposes here we will concentrate on the exterior soffit. An exterior soffit is the area that is directly under the overhang of your roof. A soffit can be made from various materials such as wood, fiber-cement board, or aluminum. Typically, your soffit will have vents installed at various points. These vents help provide air circulation in your attic. The vents are especially important in the summer months as they help keep your attic cooler, which helps make your electricity costs more manageable.
The fascia is strictly a part of the exterior of your home. The fascia is the front edge of the roofline and is installed directly beneath the shingles. The fascia can be made from the same materials as a soffit. The fascia is typically more visible from the street than the soffit.
Why is the Fascia and Soffit so Important?
A properly maintained soffit and fascia are a part of the “curb appeal” of your home. More importantly, they help prevent any structural damage to your home.
Both the fascia and soffit are important because they act as a barrier against water infiltration. All of which can cause severe damage to your roofing system. Water will warp and rot wooden rafters and beams. Water infiltration can also lead to the formation of mold, which is a health hazard.
The fascia and soffit also act as a barrier against the entry of pests such as squirrels or roof rats into your attic. This is important because those pests tend to chew on any wiring in your attic, as well as wood. It is important to note that there is a lot of wood located inside your attic. Items such as rafters, struts, and support beams are all made of wood. These items are a crucial part of your roofing system because they support the roof itself.
How Will I Know That my Fascia or Soffit Should be Repaired?
There are some outwardly visible signs that your fascia or soffit are damaged and in need of repair. It is recommended that you inspect these parts of the exterior of your home on a regular basis. For example, you could inspect them at least once each year.
When inspecting the fascia and soffit you should look for things like peeling or bubbled paint, rotting wood, moldy wood, or wood that has been chewed. If you see any of these things, it is best that you do not wait to have them repaired. The cost of repairing damage caught in an early stage can be less expensive than if you waited until the damage was severe.
How Should I go About any Necessary Repairs?
Repairing these items is not something you should attempt on your own. Repairing them can be complicated, and it is best that you call a professional to perform the work.
The professionals at Stanley Exteriors are trained and experienced in repairing these parts of your home. Please contact us, and we will provide you with a repair estimate at no charge. Thank you for your interest in Stanley Exteriors!