Understanding Your Home
Because fascia and soffit are used together in conversations and quotes, it can be confusing as to their purpose. Soffit and fascia explained as two roofing components when installing a roof. They are installed together and help prevent mildew and mold from moisture that enters the rafters. We need soffits and fascia to increase air ventilation and protect areas hard to paint.
The soffits and fascia both have distinct jobs and are installed specifically to do those jobs. Usually, the soffit is installed beneath the eaves to close the eave space. It is runs from the side of the house to the eave edge. The fascia creates a barrier between the roof edge to the outside, completing a smooth appearance that keeps weather damage from happening to the roof edge. It is on the fascia where gutters and downspouts are attached.
What is a soffit in construction?
In the construction industry, a soffit is described as an architectural feature found on the exterior or interior of a home, installed up and under, horizontally. In an archetypal form, is sometimes incorporates or implies the projection of beams, the eave’s underside to connect the retaining wall to the projecting roof edge.
When should I replace my fascia?
Soffits and fascia are like the rest of your roof, they are exposed to the elements 24/7/365 and will need to be replaced at some point. From critters, humidity, rain, sun, and wind, like the roof, the soffits and fascia are abused, which is why you need to inspect them every six months. A good time to do this is while you’re cleaning your gutters, which recommendation by experts is at the start of spring and again at the start of fall.
However, if you notice they are starting to look weather-worn in between those six-month inspections, check them over and make any repairs or replacements that are needed. Sometimes, soffit and fascia cleaning are needed like your roof and siding need cleaning, and all this can be done at the same time.
So, how do you know when they need replacing versus cleaning? Deteriorating soffits and fascia will have one or more of the following:
§ Wood rot
§ Algae, fungus, mold growth
§ Chipped or cracked sections
§ Chipped or peeling paint
§ Sections sagging
§ Rodent bite marks
§ Lose or missing boards
Often, when you’ve spotted any of these in one or two areas, a repair job is sufficient. If there are several areas, you should contact professional soffit and fascia installers provide you a quote to replace them.
Who can fix fascia?
Soffits and fascia both are at risk for damage by birds, racoons, squirrels, and water. The water damage is caused by clogged gutters that overflow or ice dams on the roof drip edge that are created during the winter. Water rots the fascia board and then will rot the soffit working on its destructive path.
So, who should you call for soffits and fascia repairs or replacement? What type of contractor is the best for this type of job? Any that are knowledgeable about what soffits and fascia are and the importance of them. You can do a Google search for a contractor that repair soffit and fascia near me. This could be a basic carpenter, a handyman, or a roofer. Other contractors to inquire about soffits and fascia repair or replacement would be a gutter cleaning and repair companies. Keep in mind basic repair may not be a permanent solution, getting several quotes is recommended and compare them.
Should I replace soffit and fascia?
Sometime cleaning them is enough, sometimes repairs are enough. Eventually, they will need to be replaced. The following are indications that the soffits and fascia need to be replaced:
- Paint Cracking and Flaking: Because soffits and fascia are functional and important to your home and provide aesthetics. Cracked or flaking paint can indicate damaged soffits and fascia, and that damage can lead to water leaking into your home.
- Sign of Pests: Pests in the home are annoying and damaging. While the Soffits and fascia are there to protect your room from them, they can find a way in and then the damage begins.
- Asbestos: This is a material that has been outlawed many years ago because of the dangers to human health. If you suspect your Soffits and fascia have asbestos, call a professional for inspection and have it dealt with immediately.
- Roof Void with Water: Water damages Soffits and fascia, as we’ve mentioned earlier. From mildew, mold, and rot, they will damage your roof often unnoticed until it is too late. With twice a year inspection, this is one of things a professional will catch before it becomes a bigger problem.
- Ventilation: If you’ve noticed the attic doesn’t have as much ventilation as it should, you need to have a professional inspect the Soffits and fascia and the roof.
If your soffits and fascia need replacing, what is the best material for fascia boards? Any of the following are common materials used:
- Wood: Popular because of their affordability. They are multifaceted and with the certain finishes or treatment, they can be water-resistant and last longer.
- Composite: Made from recycled wood chips and bonded with sawdust and epoxy resin. They are colorfast, durable, and rot resistant, and expensive.
- Vinyl: Durable and easy to install makes this a popular material for soffits and fascia.
- Aluminum: An upgrade from wood because of its durability and flexibility. Easy to install, available in many colors and is low maintenance.