Even if you rely on a contractor’s expertise to maintain your roof, it is important to be a responsible homeowner and keep an eye out for problems. After all, a lot can go wrong between yearly inspections. Two parts of the roof that often get overlooked are soffits and fascias. These architectural elements do much more than simply add a finished look to your home. Soffits and fascias are located on the part of the roof that protrudes away from the side of your home. The fascia is the lining on the bottom edge of the roof (typically what you attach gutters to), and the soffit is the flat section underneath your roof. Knowing when to replace soffits and fascias can protect your roof from other costly repairs. [Read more…]
As you likely know, soffits connect your roof overhang to the side of your house. Although the underside of any element of a building can be called a soffit, typically we reserve the term for the area under the eaves of a roof. Soffits provide coverage and protection, shielding the eaves and rafters from weather damage. Plus, they improve the appearance of a roof and decrease the likelihood of mold, rot, and other forms of moisture damage. However, to improve the ventilation in your attic, you may wish to add vents to your soffits. Use the guidelines below to learn how to install soffit vents.
Your whole roof will undergo some wear and tear over time, but—between erratic weather and pesky animals—a soffit is usually the first part of the roof to bear damage. When you notice your soffit beginning to mold or rot, it’s important to take care of it as quickly as possible in order to avoid further damage to your home. If your roof has this problem, read below to learn how to repair a rotted soffit in less than ten simple steps.
Of all the various parts of a building, the soffit might be the least well known. Even now, you might be asking, “What is a soffit, anyway?” A soffit is the underside of any element of a building, but it generally refers to the area under the eaves of a roof. These soffits connect the roof overhang to the side of the building. Other examples of soffits include the underside of a porch roof, the underside of a flight of stairs, and the underside of projecting cornices.