You probably check your plumbing, maintain your air conditioning and keep up with your yard. Those areas of home maintenance require regular attention and if you don’t stay on top of things, they break or get out of control. Other parts of your home or business do their job year after year and you hardly ever have to think about. If you’ve been overlooking your soffit and fascia, set aside time to perform a checkup.
What Are Fascia and Soffit?
Fascia and soffit are part of your roofing system. They protect your home’s exterior and make it look good.
Fascia is the board that covers your rafters and supports rain gutters. It is vertical just like the exterior walls of your home.
Soffit is the horizontal board that goes from your fascia to the exterior wall. They can be made of wood, vinyl or other construction materials.
Both fascia and soffit are usually painted your home’s trim color. They are all a part of your roof’s drainage system.
Why Fascia and Soffit Matter
Your soffit helps with attic ventilation. It has small holes or vents that allow exterior air to flow through to remove heat and moisture. Fascia protects interior rafters and trusses from water damage and creates a smooth and pleasing home exterior.
Healthy soffit and fascia keep out rain, birds and rodents. They add to your home’s curb appeal and keep underlying structures from deterioration.
DIY Soffit and Fascia Checkup
Make sure your home is in good shape by setting aside time to do the following:
- Walk all the way around your home’s exterior and visually examine soffit and fascia. Look for holes, splinters, flaking paint and sagging wood.
- Check for evidence of pests. Remove wasp or hornet nests.
- Inspect soffit vents. If you haven’t checked in a while, pests and organic debris could be obstructing air flow.
- Examine ceilings. Sometimes discoloration inside indicates water is coming in through damaged soffit and fascia.
- Climb in the attic. Look at soffit and fascia from the inside to see if there’s evidence of damage, moisture penetration or rot.
- Clean mold and mildew. If your soffit has anything growing on it that shouldn’t be there, use a bleach and water solution and apply it with a soft scrub brush or sponge. Allow it to sit for up to fifteen minutes, then rinse clean.
Soffit and Fascia Repair
If you find deteriorating exterior materials, schedule repairs before the damage gets worse. Advantage Roofing has experienced professionals that can help evaluate the problem and help find a solution that protects your home and fits your budget. Contact us to talk to an expert.