The Roof’s Soffit and Fascia: Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Them
The soffit and fascia play a critical role in making sure your roofing system is properly ventilated. Today, local roofing company Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co. explains why you shouldn’t overlook these important roofing components.
What Are Soffits?
The soffits are located under the roof’s eaves. They are usually perforated or have small openings for cool outdoor air to enter and pass through the attic. As this happens, the warm, moist air building up inside the attic gets pushed upward, escaping the roof through the exhaust vents located at the ridge and other high points.
Without the vented soffits, the attic can become too hot and moist, leading to issues that can compromise the longevity and durability of the roofing system. A qualified roofer will ensure the roofing systems they install or replace have adequate ventilation to avoid the premature aging of shingles and the formation of condensation that can result in mold and wood rot.
What Are Fascias?
Attached to the vented soffits are the fascias or the horizontal bands or strips of material that extend to the front of the roof’s overhang. These have the critical job of protecting the area under the rafters from wind-carried debris and small animals like insects and rodents that might nest or penetrate the inside of the roof.
Soffits and fascias aren’t always noticeable when viewed from the street. Fascias, in particular, are hidden behind the eavestrough or rain gutters. The latter keeps the gutter system secured to their attachments, which is why they need to be made of a strong, durable material like vinyl or aluminum.
If you notice any signs of damage to your roof soffit and fascia, get in touch with the roof replacement experts at Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co. Give us a call at (781) 826-7663 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate.