Your roof’s soffit is one of the most overlooked parts of your home. More often than not, homeowners may not even be familiar with soffits in the first place. So, what is a roof soffit is?
What Is a Soffit?
The soffit is the material between your roof’s eaves where the fascia and gutters are placed on the wall. If your roof doesn’t have an overhang, it wouldn’t have a soffit. Simply put, it resembles your home’s siding and protrudes from your home’s facade. The word “soffit” is derived from the French language and means “something fixed below”.
The cost of adding a soffit depends on the depth of your roof’s overhang, your home’s size and the materials of which it’s made. The most popular soffit options nowadays are aluminum and vinyl, which are chosen because of their strength and design. Another great alternative is steel and wood, but wood may rot easily and require roofing repairs if not maintained.
What Does It Do?
A roof soffit protects your rafters from weather damage, such as water, excessive heat and turbulent winds. If your soffit is broken, water might infiltrate it and cause mold growth and rot, which can compromise your entire roofing system. Have your soffits inspected regularly by a certified contractor.
Your soffits help improve your home’s ventilation. They allow air to flow into your attic and prevent heat from building up, which is a common cause of deterioration. The soffits also acts as a barrier that protects your home from pests and debris. If your roofing system is infiltrated by pests, they could damage your electrical system as well.
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