The terms soffit and fascia are probably not familiar to many people, despite the fact that we look at them every day. Most homeowners understand the importance of maintaining their roof, their windows, siding, and even their gutter system, but the soffit and the fascia is just as important for maintaining the security and integrity of your home. Gleason Home Improvements is dedicated to the education of homeowners on the maintenance of their home, just as much as we are for helping to maintain it. We are going to go over terms, so you know when it is time for a soffit and fascia repair.
What Are the Soffit and the Fascia?
The soffit is the underbelly of your roof. The exposed portion that you often find icicles hanging off of when it is really cold, or the part that bugs, such as spiders, integrate their housing into. The soffit is in charge of ventilating your home, especially your attic. A damaged soffit can cause moisture to build up in your attic, which will lead to mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew are bad for your health, as they can cause complications such as a sore throat, nasal congestion, and headaches. They also harm the materials and possessions in your attic.
The soffit also aids in keeping critters out of your home. As mentioned earlier, the soffit is a favorite spot for insects, such as spiders or wasps to build their home. Regular maintenance of your soffit will help prevent insects from turning your soffit into their paradise.
The fascia is the board that connects your roof to the soffit. Most gutter systems are installed on the fascia, and it is a part of your house that helps dictate curb aesthetic. The fascia has to be well maintained, as it is the last line of support for the bottom row of shingles on your roof. It is also is in charge of keeping your gutters supported. Keep in mind when it rains, that your gutter and fascia are forced to take on gallons of water, which if you have ever weighed a gallon, it’s surprisingly heavy, coming in at eight pounds per gallon.
As mentioned before, the soffit is an ideal location for insects and even smaller animals such as birds to seek shelter. A crack or hole in your soffit is an open door for these animals to hunker down during the harsh cold of the winter or even avoid the heat during the summer. If you notice cracking or a hole in your soffit or your energy bill is starting to climb, it is time for a soffit repair. Call your trusted team of roofers, Gleason Home Improvements, at (336) 823-6156 to help you with your soffit repair. We are also able to offer soffit installation for instances where a repair may not be enough, or you are building a new home.
We offer a variety of different soffit materials, such as wood, vinyl, and aluminum. All of these have their strengths and advantages.
The Wood Soffit is a great option for homeowners who are aiming to give their home a more natural look. The lumber can be dyed to match the color of your home and it looks great. Wood soffit are the most expensive type of soffit and require regular upkeep, as they are prone to problems such as rotting and insect infestations.
The Vinyl Soffit is a popular choice among homeowners as they are one of the cheaper options, can be matched to compliment the siding on your house, and aid in better ventilation for your home. They require minimal upkeep and are extremely durable, making it harder for insects and birds to make a home there.
An Aluminum Soffit is water resistant, making it harder for them to suffer from water damage. This makes aluminum soffit ideal for wetter areas. They are not as durable as vinyl soffit though, and they are a bit more expensive.
Roof Fascia Repair
The fascia board often get weathered down by water, due to its close connection with your home’s gutters. Leaks from your gutter, clogs, or excess water runoff can cause your soffit to sustain water damage, rotting the wood. When this happens, not only is the fascia in risk of failing but your gutter can become damaged as well. It is important to maintain the health of your fascia and get it repaired if you notice warping, stains, or cracks.
Soffit and Fascia Installation
When it comes time to replace or repair your soffit and fascia, put your trust in Gleason Home Improvements. We are the leading experts when it comes to soffit and fascia repair and installation. We can take care of both areas for you or just focus on one if the other one is in proper working condition. We only use the best materials and work with you to decide the right look for your home. Call us today at (336) 823-6156 in High Point, NC for a free estimate, or if you have anymore questions.