Soffits and fascia are generally found along the eave area of your home. Oftentimes, they are regarded mostly as visual elements that give homes a more finished look. However, if you ask your roofing contractor, you’ll learn that these architectural components also offer crucial protection for your home’s exterior.
To help you gain a better understanding of the purpose of soffits and fascia, Thompson Roofing and Construction shares more information about them below.
Basic Facts About Soffits and Fascia
Soffits are located beneath the rafter tails. If you live in a region that experiences high winds, you’ll know very well that rain could swirl up under your eaves. Fortunately, soffits keep the water from blowing into your home, preventing water from collecting in these areas.
Traditionally, soffits and fascia are made from materials like wood and aluminum. However, today’s homeowners mostly prefer synthetic or composite materials such as vinyl and UPVC — which are generally more durable and easier to maintain.
Caring for Your Soffits and Fascia
Ensure your soffit and fascia are properly installed and waterproofed so that you can avoid problems in the long run. Have a professional inspect your soffit and fascia at least once a year, usually at the same time that your gutters and roofing are due for cleaning and inspection. When checking your soffit and fascia, your contractor will typically look for peeling paint and make sure these parts of your home are sealed and caulked.
Below are a few other things that you should keep in mind to ensure the proper upkeep of your soffit and fascia:
- Check your soffit for mold and mildew. If you find these on the material, you can use a soft brush and a cleaning solution made with bleach and water to clean your soffit.
- Avoid installing your fascia yourself. Hire a qualified professional so that you can ensure correct installation.
- Look out for bee, wasp or hornet nests. Make sure to let professionals handle the removal of the nests.
Thompson Roofing and Construction is a reputable contractor with several years of professional experience. We perform a variety of jobs including roof replacement, roof repair, roof maintenance and more. Our team is also qualified and skilled in handling siding and gutter installation projects.
Call us at (256) 952 – 3309 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve customers in Huntsville, AL, and other nearby areas.