Soffit and fascia are two of the most important and often overlooked external features of any property, providing protection for your roof and home. Despite this, they are frequently neglected, left to rot and deteriorate, with many home owners thinking that their purpose is purely an aesthetic one.
What are they?
Fascia – is a vital part of proper roof construction and is found underneath the roof line just behind the gutters. Think of fascia as trim around your roof which is mounted on the exposed ends of the rafters or the top of the exterior walls to create a layer between the edge of the roof and outside. The most commonly used materials for fascia are wood, vinyl and aluminum.
Soffit – is derived from the French language literally meaning “something fixed underneath” which is exactly where it resides tucked away underneath the fascia board. It can be used under porches, flights of stairs and most commonly around a home’s roof. Soffit can be made out of aluminum, vinyl, fiber cement, wood and steel. Soffit can be vented to allow the flow of air into your attic space which is ideal.
It isn’t all about appearances! Fascia and soffit are a dynamic duo in home protection.
1. When properly installed by a professional company, fascia and soffit boards act as your first line of defense against the weather. They stop wind and rain ingress, helping to keep your home warm and dry.
2. They not only make your home more comfortable to live in, but they also protect the rafters from structural damage that could be caused if they were left exposed to the elements.
3. Secure fascia and soffit protect your home so completely. When your attic space is ventilated properly it will also help your home to become more energy efficient and can reduce your heating bills and help you to run your home more economically.
4. You don’t want to give moisture any room to creep in and cause condensation or dampness! Without blocking off the edges of your roof, that is exactly what will happen. The biggest problem with that is it could go unnoticed for quite some time before it is discovered, which will lead to mold and mildew and eventually, cause rot.
5. Last but not least, they add the finishing touch to the appearance of your house, thus increasing the overall curb appeal and value to your home.
The old saying, “the devil’s in the details” is certainly true concerning soffit and fascia. Wilson’s Home Improvement specializes in those detailed, finish areas of your home’s exterior and understands that the role they have goes far beyond just appearances. If you are considering vinyl siding, call us today and set up an appointment for a free estimate.