There’s a good chance your home has a soffit installed—just step out of your door and look upward. Typically made of aluminum, vinyl or wood, the soffit connects the roof overhang and the side of your property. It is not as visible as the shingles and the other roof components, but it affects the aesthetics of the system. Today, Vertex Roofing Contractors, experts in roof repair, explain what you need to know about soffits.
More Than a Roof Overhang Cover
Your roof’s soffit is the skin that covers your eaves. Without it, the rafter beams would be exposed. By covering them with the soffit, you instantly add some character to your home. Soffits come in different styles and colors, giving you plenty of options when designing your home’s exterior.
Also, with the soffit, you protect the rafter beams and other structural components of your roofing system from the elements. This reduces the spread of moisture, which could cause the roof’s wooden materials to rot.
The soffit contains perforations, which allow air to circulate in the vents, drawing heat and moisture away from the attic. This is one of the most effective ways to promote ventilation throughout the roofing system. Before soffits became popular, homes utilized gable or hood vents to establish airflow, neither of which were effective, because they could only circulate air in specific locations. Mold would grow and multiply in the insulation where the air didn’t circulate.
The soffit also helps keep critters from finding their way into your home through the roofline or gutters. Pests, birds, and four-legged rodents like squirrels can damage your roof, as well as the electrical systems running within your attic, which could lead to premature roof replacement.
For your roofing needs, turn to Vertex Roofing Contractors Inc. With a thorough roof inspection, we can find and address any issues your roof may have. We check every roofing component, including the soffits and fascias, and recommend the appropriate solution.