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What are the Soffit and Fascia?

There are so many pieces and parts up on your roof that you probably never think about, but they all serve important roles in protecting your home from the elements. Seams and openings in your roof present all kinds of potential hazards to your home, so it’s important for these sensitive areas to be well-protected. Your exterior soffits and fascias help keep the edges of your roof dry and secure.

These edge-guarding panels are most commonly made from wood or aluminum. However, in recent years, there’s been a surge in synthetic panels on the market made from materials like PVC or vinyl. Not only are these options very durable and eco-friendly, but they can be made to fit the style of any home. Gotcha Covered Contracting can help you make the best choice for your home.

Soffits

Soffit

The soffit refers to the paneling (usually white) found on the underside of your roof eaves, where the roof extends out over the edge of the home. Particularly in areas that get a lot of rainfall like Texas or Pennsylvania, the eaves can be exposed to a lot of splash-back and debris blowing up from the ground. Your soffits act as a shield against these elements. Not only that, but they help keep your attic and roof properly ventilated by helping air circulate in from outside.

In many cases, you’ll have gutters over some or all of your soffits. It’s very important to regularly clean out your gutters. This way, you’ll keep gutter gunk from dirtying and damaging your soffits. Replacement soffit paneling can cost upwards of $30 per foot, meaning a full reinstallation can quickly add up to a few thousand dollars. Keep your roof clean, protected, and regularly inspected!

Fascia

Fascia boards are covers that protect the rafters and end boards exposed around the edges of your roof. Like soffits, they also play a key role in keeping water out of the home. However, they also act as the seal between the house and the roof, keeping out pests and debris, as well. Your gutters are attached to a fascia panel, too.

Good fascia boards are important to the efficacy and longevity of your roof. They also play a big part in completing the look of your home’s exterior. Oftentimes, fascia boards serve as an attractive highlight that bring out the beauty in your home’s architecture. Not only do they hide the ugly roofing materials behind them, but they can be customized to look however you want them to.

Fascia Board

Issues and Repairs

Your soffits and fascia boards are prone to the same types of damage that your roof itself is. Anytime there’s a big storm, it’s a good idea to check out your soffits and fascia panels to make sure they’re intact and secure. Repairs can be relatively inexpensive if the need is caught early, but the longer it’s left alone, the more the costs can add up. If you notice any signs of damage, you can schedule a free inspection with your neighborhood experts at Gotcha Covered Contracting.