Its that time of year – Springtime and that means lots of rain. As your home emerges from the Winter, your roof’s health is very important.
The Soffit and Fascia are two of the most overlooked parts of your roof but are very important.
What is a Soffit? A Soffit is the exposed siding underneath your roof’s overhang. Since your soffit is located on the underside of your roof, it’s often not visible in terms of curb appeal. However, your soffit can still be seen when you’re close to the home and when you’re underneath it or at street level. Your Soffit is usually the same design and color as your home’s siding, but can be different depending on your own personal tastes and preferences. A Soffit can be made from wood, aluminum or vinyl. It’s important that you have soffit material suitable for the climate you live in
What is a Fascia? The Fascia goes hand-in-hand with your home’s soffit. Fascia is the area of siding directly above the soffit. It’s the exposed board you see on the front of your roof’s overhang. Your fascia is also where gutters are placed. Fascia is very visible and needs to be in good shape so your home’s curb appeal isn’t in jeopardy. Just like your soffit, your fascia can be made of aluminum, wood or vinyl.
Why Is Your Soffit Important? Your Soffit is important because it has venting that helps keep a steady airflow between your roof and attic. Your attic needs to be well ventilated or else moisture can build up causing mold to form. The last thing you want in your home is mold. Aside from keeping moisture out, soffit helps release heat from your attic during the hot summer months.
Your Soffit also helps keep animals and insects out of your home. Bees and wasps love to nestle up in soffit, so you need to keep it maintained to prevent them from invading. It’s important to make sure that your soffit has no cracks or holes in it and if it does, you should repair or replace it right away.
Why Is Your Fascia Important? Your Fascia consists of the long straight board along the lower edge of the roof, so how can it be so important? It’s the last line of support for the lower edge of the bottom row of roof tiles or shingles. Plus, it’s what your gutters are installed on. Gutters are extremely important and your fascia needs to be able to hold them up even during torrential downpour.
Fascia is also important because it’s visible to everyone. If you want to maximize your home’s curb appeal, your fascia needs to look great as well.