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Do Soffits and Fascias Matter to Your Roofing System?

The answer is simply, YES.

The material that connects the roof overhang and the side of a home or building is the soffit. Exterior soffits can be found in the span beneath rafter tails while the fascia is the horizontal band that lies exposed at the end of the rafters. These architectural elements are important because they do more than give your home a finished look. They serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose.

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Functional and Aesthetic Roofing

Aesthetically, they cover your eaves, keep rafter beams from being fully exposed and disguise attic ventilation.

They also protect house exteriors and keep wildlife at bay, like squirrels, birds and bats.

Functionally, soffits protect your rafters from high winds, rain and other weather elements.

They prevent water from blowing into your home, preventing mold buildup and rot beams.

So When Do You Replace Soffits and Fascias?

Regularly inspect your soffits, fascias or other roofing components for any needed roof repair to prevent issues in the long run.

During the inspection, watch out for signs of any damaged gutters or flashing that may create problems.

Clean gutters keep backed up water from going onto the fascia boards.

Once water seeps in, rot can spread.

Pro Tip: It may be time to replace your soffit or fascia when you notice cracks and flaking paint, the presence of pests or water in your roof void.

Universal Roof & Contracting offers free inspections and estimates! If you are looking into repairing or replacing your roof, or just want to learn more about our services and how Universal Roof & Contracting can help you, call us today at (407) 901-4444 or fill out a contact form here. We are open Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For urgent project needs, please feel free to email us at urappointments@UniversalRoof.com.