Getting a new roof or replacing your existing gutters? Complete the process with aesthetically pleasing soffit and fascia.
An exterior soffit is located on your home typically beneath the rafter tails, while the fascia is the exposed horizontal wood you see at the end of the rafters. These architectural elements found along your eave area do more than just add visual interest and give a finished look to your home. They help protect the exterior of your house by keeping out pests like squirrels, bats, birds, and chipmunks. If it is not maintained well, it’s a place for water to collect during heavy winds.
Did you know that the soffit and fascia around your home is one of the most neglected areas, but they provide one of the most important protections for the roof? Many homeowners don’t even know the purpose of these two products and assume they are purely of aesthetic value, but this is definitely not the case.
Soffit can be made out of aluminum, vinyl, wood, fiber cement and steel. Soffit can be used on flights of stairs, under porches and most commonly around a home’s roof. You want soffit to be vented which will allow air to flow into your roof. Inadequate ventilation causes condensation to form on your roof that can cause decay and rot.
Fascia is the trim around your roof which is seen on the exposed ends of the rafters or the top of the exterior walls. Fascia creates a layer between the roof edge and outside. It resides on your home underneath the roof line behind the gutters. Aluminum, wood and plastic are all materials that are used to create fascia on your home.