Keep Your Roof and All Its Components Functioning Properly
A roof consists of different parts that work together to provide protection, increase ventilation, and improve the overall look of your home. Two important yet misunderstood components of your roof are the soffit and the fascia. The fascia and the soffit provide functional and aesthetic value to your home, but they are prone to issues that, left unattended, could compromise the integrity of your home’s roof. If your roof is in need of a soffit or fascia repair or replacement, call us at 617-481-1725. Our general contractors have years of experience in Boston, MA, and would love to serve your needs.
What is the soffit, and what does it do?
The soffit is the exposed surface beneath the hanging section of a roof eave. Soffits ventilate the attic and are distinguished by their plain design featuring small ventilation holes. The air from the soffit draws heat and moisture away from the home. Without proper ventilation, moisture in the attic can cause rafters and sheathing to rot.
Soffits are often made of vinyl. Vinyl is an ideal construction material for soffits since it is not easily affected by heat and moist conditions. Water-resistant and cost-effective, choose vinyl when considering a soffit installation.
Common Problems Affecting the Soffit
Incorrectly placed soffits are vulnerable to wind damage and other weather-related issues. If placed too closely together, soffits can’t properly ventilate your home. Another problem that commonly affects soffits are pests. Small rodents, wasps, birds, and bees can make a home in the spaces between the eaves and use the soffit to gain access into the attic. Cracks or large holes in your soffit could spur an infestation, so it’s important to seal damaged areas with caulk or mesh. Dry rot can also affect your soffit. Though it typically starts on wood, dry rot can easily spread to the soffit as well.
What is fascia, and how does it work?
Fascia is a vertical finishing edge connected to the area where the gutter attaches to the roof. It is sometimes connected to rafters or trusses. The fascia’s function is forming a layer between the roof’s edge and the outdoors. It is intended to protect the wooden boards of your home from water damage. Fascia is functional as well as aesthetic and creates a smooth, even finish on the roof’s edge. Furthermore, it protects the roof and home’s interior from weather damage by preventing water from entering into the home. Most modern homes feature a fascia board, but many older homes lack this component.
Common Problems Affecting Fascia
Fascia boards are typically made of wood, and wood rots. You can prolong the life of your fascia by regularly applying coats of primer. Fascia caps are also available. Sometimes called fascia trim, this product is often made of aluminum and other durable materials and envelops the fascia board. However, even with regular upkeep and fascia caps, you will have to replace your fascia at some point or another.
Choose Absolute Construction Group LLC for your Soffit and Fascia Repair
Soffit and fascia repair are a regular part of roof maintenance and upkeep. Both these structures are important in protecting the integrity of your home and can easily be changed by an experienced DIYer or roofing professional. Should you choose to call a professional, we provide these and other roofing services in Boston, MA. Call us at 617-481-1725 or connect with us via our contact form to book your soffit and fascia replacement services.