Your home’s soffits and fascias work together to enclose the underside of your roof eaves and protect your roof’s inner structure from costly water infiltration. The area under your roof eaves are called the soffits, which often contain small holes that allow your roof to “breathe”. Your roof’s fascia connects the edge of your roof eaves to your soffits.
When considering a roof replacement, some terms contractors refer to may sound foreign—like soffit and fascia. Craftsman Exterior Remodeling will take the mystery out of these words and help you gain understanding of their importance to your roof.
Soffits: Why They Are Important to Your Roof’s Longevity and Performance
Location of Soffits
Soffits are fixed underneath your roof’s eaves (or overhang).
Soffits on older homes were typically made of wood. Today, they are commonly made of aluminum, vinyl, fiber cement, or steel.
Vented and Non-Vented Soffits
Without proper ventilation, condensation forms in your roof and attic, opening the door to moisture damage and deterioration like rot and mold growth. Soffits come either vented or non-vented. Since your roof needs ventilation, if soffits are not vented, your roof will be ventilated another way. When soffits are vented, they consist of tiny holes, allowing the air to flow into your roof while keeping unwanted critters out of it.
Benefits of Soffits
- They help extend the life of your roof.
- They ensure your roofing functions at peak performance.
- Soffits assist in preventing potential roof damage caused by moisture intrusion.
- They make the underside of your roofing’s overhang look finished.
- Soffits help lower your home’s energy usage in the summer, preserving your HVAC unit.
- They prevent birds and animals from entering your roof eaves and nesting in your home.
- Soffits are hidden from the curb, but are visible when you are right next to your house and look up.
Fascia: Why Your Roof Needs Them
The Location of Fascia
Fascias are found just behind your gutters. They are visible from the street and look like trim around your roof. They are mounted on the exposed ends of your rafters. They connect the edge of your roof eaves to your soffits.
Fascias on older homes are usually made of wood. Most homes today use vinyl or aluminum for their fascia.
Benefits of Fascia
- They deliver a finished look to your roof’s edges, enhancing your home’s curb appeal.
- They prevent your roofing system from encountering moisture intrusion and pest damage.
- Fascias provide a place to mount your gutters so water can be ushered away from your home effectively.
- They protect your siding from costly water infiltration, rot, and mold.
- Fascias are traditionally plain, but they can also be decorative if you choose attractive curved edges.
- They are visible and contribute to your home’s overall aesthetic.
Why Homeowners Choose Vinyl or Aluminum Soffits and Fascias
Vinyl or aluminum are preferred over wood soffits and fascias for a variety of reasons:
- They only require minimal maintenance compared to wood.
- They are easy to clean, ensuring they will enhance your home’s looks over the years.
- They don’t need to be finished with stain or paint regularly like wood does.
- You can rely on their longevity because their makeup ensures that the weather elements they are exposed to won’t cause them to become damaged.
- Pests aren’t attracted to them, so you will bypass the hassle of termite damage.
- Their moisture resistance ensures you won’t be bothered with the expensive damage caused by water intrusion.
Ensure Your Roofing System Is Functioning at Peak Performance
Now that you understand the importance of your soffits and fascias, do a visual inspection of yours and ensure they are in good condition. If you are concerned that they may be worn out or if your roof needs an inspection to help narrow down how many years may be left on it, our qualified team is here to serve you.
At Craftsman Exterior Remodeling, we emphasize quality with our unmatched attention to detail. We focus on the small things that other contractors overlook. We don’t get in a hurry when installing a new roof, because we want to deliver the best possible outcome for homeowners.
Take a minute to learn how our roofing services can enhance your home’s beauty and protect it from the elements with top performing roofing components installed with precision by our team of experts.