Two of the most crucial segments of any rooftop are the fascia and soffit. Many homeowners don’t even know what they are, let how to care for them. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who’ve never been taught about your home’s fascia and soffit, here’s a quick guide for you.
About Your Fascia
Look on the side of your home’s roof system. Do you see the horizontal panel your gutter system attaches too? That’s your fascia board and it offers a point of attachment for your home’s gutter system. The side of your roof serves as a shield against critters and heat trying to sneak in under your rooftop. A well-installed fascia will be sealed, sturdy and tightly connected to your gutter system.
When Fascia Requires Maintenance
Clogged gutters can spill over onto the fascia board and corrode it. If you see cracks in the board or gaps in the sealant, your fascia needs maintenance. Be sure the gutters are also tightly attached.
The Soffit Underside
Your soffit lies beneath the section of the roof that protrudes beyond your home’s wall. You’ll know you’ve fond the soffit when you spot vents beneath the roof. A roof’s soffit has the important job of ventilating the attic, releasing the natural heat that builds up during sunlit hours.
Caring for Your Soffit
Ensure the vents in your soffit are unobstructed. This will prevent your roof from swelling with hot air and kicking your HVAC system into double time. If you spot wood rot (for wooden soffit) or rust in your soffit, it might be time to consider a replacement material.