Proper attic ventilation keeps your roof from overheating and deteriorating early. It also helps maintain the comfort of your living space and reduces the likelihood of ice dams. To achieve good airflow, installing soffits is essential. Soffits protect the rafters and give your roof a more pleasing and finished look. They are typically made from wood, aluminum, vinyl or fiber cement.
Here are some common issues to look out for in soffits.
Roof systems all require proper care to last long. Water will eventually penetrate soffits if your roof does not receive regular maintenance. Areas near gutters are especially prone to water damage. Cracks, peeling and blisters are often signs you need to have your soffits checked. If they need replacement, consider a material that offers excellent moisture resistance like vinyl.
It is not water that causes dry rot, but a type of wood fungus that consumes wood fiber. This issue usually occurs in wood siding, but can reach the soffits. Contact a professional immediately if you notice signs of dry rot. A replacement might be necessary if it is starting to crumble.
Even high-quality materials can deteriorate faster and fail early when not installed correctly. Poorly installed soffits are more susceptible to damage from high winds. They may not also help with ventilating your attic. These are just some of the many reasons why you should be careful in choosing the roofer you are going to work with.
Only trust an experienced contractor like Certified Roofing Solutions, LLC for your roofing project. We specialize in both residential and commercial roofing. Our skilled team installs shingle, metal and silicone roof coating systems. Call us at (800) 647-0986, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.