Having basic knowledge about the different components that make up your home can help you provide the best care and maintenance. For instance, your roof is composed of multiple parts, and two important parts that help keep it in top shape are the soffit and fascia boards.
In this post, Colorado Roof Toppers, the top provider of quality roofing and gutter installation in the region, discusses the purpose of soffit and fascia. We explain why you should address damage related to them ASAP.
What Are Soffit and Fascia Anyway?
Soffits are boards that cover roof overhang, finishing off its look while helping prevent small animals from accessing your attic. They also serve as intake vents for your attic ventilation system, which match the exhaust vents at the ridge area. While they are traditionally made out of wood, soffits can also use aluminum and vinyl as their main material.
Fascia boards, on the other hand, cover the rafter tails and give the roof a finished look, along with soffits. Often installed in a vertical orientation, they help solidify your system by providing a space where hangers of your seamless gutters can be fastened. Apart from wood, fascia boards can also be made from composite, aluminum and fiber cement.
How Do They Get Damaged?
The most common causes of soffit and fascia damage are constant exposure to heat and moisture. These factors can create wet or dry rot on the roof. If left unattended, these boards may also begin to crumble. This is especially true for vinyl soffits, as they are susceptible to cracks due to physical damage or freeze/thaw cycles.
When damage appears, it’s a smart move to replace your soffits and fascia boards immediately. The best contractor to do this type of work, is often not a roofing contractor unless they have a finish carpenter on their team. Colorado Roof Toppers will replace minor fascia damage, but we recommend a finish carpenter for major soffit work.
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