How do Soffits and Fascia Affect Your Home?

Soffits and fascias are two of the most neglected and underrated parts of the roofing system and often get less attention than the gutters. But as a matter of fact, both soffits and fascias play a crucial role in maintaining your house free from moisture and pests. Even judging a house aesthetically, fascias and soffits bring an enticing touch to your home. To find out how do soffits and fascias affect your home, read on.

Soffits

Walk outdoors and look upwards toward the roof. The material that forms a ceiling from the overhang of the roof and the side of your main building is called soffit. Soffits are below the eaves. Soffits are sometimes also installed under the staircases, arches and porches. They can be made up of aluminum, steel, wood, cement and vinyl.

Soffits protect the rafters from extreme environmental conditions. Exposed rafters indicate mold build-up which would result in rotting beams. Another important feature of soffits is the regulation of the temperature in the attic. There are vents or perforations in the soffits that are beneficial in the following ways:

  1. They allow the hot air in the attic stay there and making your home feel hotter than it should be. As a consequence your energy bills will increase.
  2. During the winters, the soffits perforations prevent the home’s heat and the attic’s cold to condensate. This does not allow mold to form and keep the moisture away.

Fascia

These are vertical boards that mount on the tail of the rafters, forming the exterior surface of the cornice. Traditionally, they are commonly made up of wood but can also be made up of aluminum.

Most of the homeowners are unaware about fascias which are one of the most important parts of your home’s exteriors as they assist in maintaining the structural integrity of your home. They also protect the underlying piece of wood of the rafters from external environmental conditions, such as rain water. The connection point to the gutter system of your home is also provided through fascia. Properly maintained gutters and fascias are crucial to your house if you intend to sell the house. Fascia enhance the beauty of your home as they hide the otherwise exposed rafters. You should always ask the roofing contractor to include the estimate of fascia construction in the total bill. It is because of the fascia, that the soffits and the shingles at the edges of the roof are protected, keeping them practically maintenance free.  Special care should be taken to keep the gutter systems intact as they can make the fascia damp and susceptible to wood rot.

If you are in need of roof repair, roof installation or roof maintenance call White’s Roofing today (904) 220-5546.