When speaking to your roofers during a roofing project, you’ve likely heard the term “soffits”. Some homeowners aren’t aware of what the soffit is, and that’s understandable as not every home comes with a soffit installed on it. But what exactly is the soffit, and what is its purpose?
What Are Roof Soffits?
The word soffit derives from the French word which means something that is installed underneath. The soffit is the material between the eaves of your roof, where the fascia and gutters are connected to the wall. It’s often placed by the overhang of your home, and roofs that don’t have overhangs usually do not have soffits installed in them. According to roofing pros, the soffit serves as the underbelly of your roofing system and completes it.
Purpose of the Roof Soffit
The soffit mainly acts as a passive ventilation unit for your attic. It keeps warm moisture in the air from entering the attic air and condensing and creating mold. Choosing a soffit in the style and color that suits your home can easily add some character to your building. Apart from improving aesthetics, the soffit can also protect it against pest infestation. This is because the soffit can keep pests from slipping inside your attic via the roofline, preventing them from nesting inside your space.
What Type of Soffit Is Right for My Home?
The soffits can be non-vented or vented to allow for maximum roof ventilation. A non-vented or continuous soffit works best when your roof has narrow eaves or if you need to ventilate a large amount of attic space. Vented soffit panels are good with a wider eave and a smaller amount of attic space because they have smaller vents between solid panels.
The soffit can be damaged by water saturation due to clogged gutters or a weak gutter system. When exposed to moisture, wooden soffits become vulnerable to rotting. Animals like raccoons and squirrels can cause damage to soffits if they use the area for nesting.
You can check for soffit damage by looking for signs of water saturation. You will typically see a yellow stain if water has penetrated the roof. Splintered or rotten wood or gaps where animals have chewed through are signs of physical damage.
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