Safeguarding your soffit and fascia is an essential part of caring for your home’s roofing system. But where are they located on your roof, and what is the difference between soffit and fascia? These two form the extremities of your roofing: the exposed underside and the edges.
What is the Purpose of Soffit and Fascia?
If you take a moment to examine your soffit on the underside of your roof (next to the wall), you’ll notice vents installed all the way across this section. These play an important role in cooling your attic, which grows very warm during the day as your roofing material absorbs solar rays. Without working soffit ventilation, your HVAC system would have to work overtime to address the excess heat accumulating just above your ceiling.
Your fascia, on the other hand, performs a very different function. Besides keeping pests and precipitation out of your roof, fascia boards serve as the primary points of attachment for your gutter system.
How Do I Maintain Them?
Ensure your soffit vents are free of obstructions. Keep an eye out for moisture accumulating or rotting your wood (or whatever material your soffit is made of). For your fascia, you’ll need to make sure your gutters are firmly attached to the boards. Loosely connected gutters are much less effective at directing water away from your house, leading to higher risk of soil shifting (and by extension, slab leak damage).
On a side note, your gutter system is also dependent on properly working roof flashing. If the flashing on your roof isn’t directing water into the gutters, talk with your local roofer about scheduling roof flashing repair.
Schedule Your Professional Soffit and Fascia Repairs!
Keeping both your soffit and your fascia in good condition will protect your attic and your foundation from unnecessary damages. If you’re looking to schedule maintenance for your roofing system, our experts at 12 Stones Roofing would be happy to help you. Feel free to call our office at 832-815-9463 to schedule service for your home!