Soffits and fascias may seem like they play a minor role with your roof, but they are very important. These two components do more than provide a finished look and neat appearance to your roof, they keep it and the rest of your home from damage. When they go bad, then the rest of your roof will follow. Here is more about your roof’s soffits and fascias and how to tell if yours are going bad.
What Are Soffits and Fascias?
Both soffits and fascias are parts of your roof’s eaves and overhangs. The term fascia refers to the vertical boards immediately under your roof material where the gutters are attached. The soffit is the horizontal area that extends from the fascias to your home’s siding or base. Modern soffits are made of vinyl, aluminum, or wood and have vents to let air into the attic or under roof area.
What Are the Soffits and Fascias For?
The main purpose of soffits and fascias is to control the amount of air and moisture that enters the inside roof area. Without this protection, wooden areas may begin to break down, become weak, and cause problems for the roof and the rest of your home. The soffit also has the added job of keeping debris and moisture from blowing up into your house during a bad storm.
What Are the Signs of Bad Signs and Fascias?
Your gutters will be the most affected if your fascia begins to rot or weaken. When this piece begins to fail, you will notice the gutter pulling apart from the building or sagging. This makes your gutter much less effective and could inadvertently direct water through the soffit and cause further roof damage.
When your soffit goes bad, you may see soft, wet, cracked, or broken pieces of material. Rodents, insects, and other pests may take advantage of these soft spots to break into the area under your roof and further into your home. Because soffits provide ventilation, your home may feel stuffy if a significant portion is blocked or damaged.
What Are Ways to Protect the Soffits and Fascias?
The best way to protect your soffits and fascias is to keep your gutters in good shape and clean. When you take care of your gutters, the rainwater flows more freely and keeps off your roof structures. Check into installing a leaf guard for your gutters, especially for those that are located under trees and large bushes. Make sure that the drain pipes that lead to the ground are not dented and blocked.
Whatever you do to your attic, don’t block your soffit vents from inside your home. These vents allow air to flow throughout your home to regulate moisture and temperature. Soffit vents keep your roof’s surface temperature low, especially during the summer, and this will extend your roof’s life.
What Happens if You Don’t Repair Your Soffits and Fascias?
Because soffits and fascias are protective, you could put your home at risk for further rain and wind damage if they are not kept in good condition. Weak fascias and soffits are more likely to blow away and take a portion of your roof with them.
Blocked vents also mean more moisture in your attic or roof area that could lead to rotting wood that could cause further roof damage and leaks. Mold in attics, caused by wet, rotting wood and insulation, can lead to health issues.
Since Tulsa, Oklahoma, is prone to strong storms and even tornadoes at certain times of the year, your soffits and fascias can take a beating. Have them inspected whenever you have your gutters checked and cleaned.
If you find that your soffits and fascias are failing, or you need other roof repair and maintenance, then Precise Roofing & Contracting can help. Check out our website and call or email us for a free estimate.