Roof Soffits: What Do They Do For Your Home?

If you happen to see the point where your roof overhang and the side of your home connects, that's what you call the roof soffit. The word soffit is derived from the French language which means something fixed underneath. While it isn't as prominent as other parts of your home, such as the shingles or sidings, they help your roof perform and maintain its integrity nonetheless.

In today's post, your local roof and seamless gutters expert, Colorado Roof Toppers, explain the functions and importance of a roof soffit. Read on to learn more.

What Is a Roof Soffit?

The soffit is located between your roof eaves below the fascia and your gutters. However, if your roof doesn't have an overhang, it wouldn't have soffits.

The cost of a soffit board installation depends on your home's size, overhang depth, and the materials you plan to use. One of the most common options is aluminum and vinyl soffits. These are popular due to their durability, ease of use and clean design. Other options include steel and wood. Wood, however, tends to rot easily but provides a warmer look if maintained regularly.

What Does a Roof Soffit Do?

Your roof soffits protect your rafters from weather damage. If your home has a faulty soffit, chances are that you'll have mold growth and rot in other parts of your home which can be costly to replace. Aside from damage, mold growth can cause health problems if it reaches parts of your home that can expose your family to respiratory complications. 

Your roof soffits help improve your home's ventilation. They allow fresh air to enter your attic to keep its temperatures at normal levels. This prevents moisture buildup from occurring and prevents mold spores from spreading around your home. Additionally, soffits serve as a protective layer against debris and pests from entering your home. These pests can ruin the electrical circuits within your home and compromise other components which can be costly to repair.

by Denise Bart August 11, 2020