Your roofing system is more than just the shingles. It has other important components working together to make sure it does its job the best way possible. Two of the most essential parts of your roof that you probably overlook are the fascia and soffit.
What Are Fascia and Soffits?
The fascia refers to the finishing edge that’s attached to the ends of trusses, rafters or the area where the gutters are connected to the roof. Apart from finishing the look of the roof, it also plays a key role in protecting your home against severe weather conditions by blocking its entrance to your interior. While new homes come with fascia boards, some older homes lack this feature.
On the other hand, the soffit is the exposed surface underneath the overhanging section of the roof eave. It features small holes to help ventilate your attic. This is essential because moisture in the attic can rot the sheathing and rafters.
Why Should You Maintain Them?
Any general contractor will recommend including fascia and soffit on your roof maintenance list. Otherwise, your roof will be exposed to damaging weather conditions, which could involve costly repairs.
How Do These Boards Get Damaged?
If you have wood fascia and soffit, prolonged water and sun exposure can cause them to rot over time. Pests and insects might also chew and gnaw on the board.
Nowadays, most homes are equipped with vinyl soffit because it’s water-resistant. While it is better than wood in this aspect, it can sustain cracks due to physical damage or freeze cycles.
Once your soffit and fascia start to show signs of damage, have a certified roofing company like 3JM Exteriors repair them as soon as possible. Doing so will help prolong your roof’s life span and keep your home protected all year round.
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