The soffits and fascia boards are two of the most important parts of the roof. You should understand what they do and what types of problems you might encounter so you know what to do if issues arise.
A soffit is an exposed surface below the overhanging part of the roof eave. One of its primary roles is to ventilate the attic. It usually has a simple design and small holes to allow air to circulate. Air that enters through the soffit moves to the vents to draw heat and moisture away from the house and prevent the sheathing and rafters from rotting. Soffits are generally made of vinyl to protect them from moisture and heat.
Soffits can become cracked, develop holes, or rot. They often attract insects and small animals such as birds, squirrels, and raccoons. They can build nests in soffits and find weak spots to gain access to a house.
Fascia is a vertical piece that is connected to the ends of the rafters or trusses or where the gutters are attached to the roof. The fascia creates a barrier between the edge of the roof and the outdoor environment and provides protection against water damage. It also creates a more attractive appearance at the edge of the roof and keeps water out of the house.
Fascia boards can become damaged from moisture. The roof drip edge directs water into the gutters. If it is damaged or missing, water can rot the fascia boards and continue to the soffit. If they become rotted, they need to be replaced.
The best way to prevent damage to soffits and fascia boards is to clean your gutters twice a year. This can remove debris and keep water flowing freely. If you clean your gutters yourself, inspect the soffits and fascia for signs of damage. If you find damage or evidence of rot, get it repaired as soon as possible.
Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors can repair damaged and rotted soffits and fascia boards. If parts of your roofing system are in need of repair or replacement, contact us today for an estimate.