Fascia Boards, Soffits and Why They’re Important

Category: Posted on: 03/7/16 2:01 PM


Along with roofing shingles, flashing, and gutters, soffits and fascia boards are two of the most important components of your roof’s anatomy.

The planks fitted to the underside of your home’s overhanging eaves are called soffits. Most often, they are constructed of vinyl and contain small openings that allow your attic to breathe. Stagnant heat and moisture can wreak havoc on attics and roofs. Soffits ventilate the attic and prevent your rafters from rotting.

Roofing fascia serves a different but equally important role in preventing roof and attic damage due to moisture. Fascia boards are fitted over the end of your home’s rafters or trusses and serve as a barrier between your roofline and the elements.

While the use of panels on your home might seem like a minor consideration, these products offer a number of indispensable benefits.

They make your home comfortable, safe and condensation-free.
Soffits cycle heat and moisture out of the attic, keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This ventilation system and the protective barriers provided by fascia boards help to correct the air circulation in your home, specifically the attic, where heat and moisture can lead to condensation and ultimately mold. Condensation in an attic is often misdiagnosed by homeowners as a roof leak, but it’s actually much worse. It can lead to a host of unsavory issues including ineffective insulation, damage to rafters and trusses, and ice damming which can lead to interior water damage. Water infiltration, whether in the form of leaks or condensation, can result in thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home. Any type of water protection is a plus.

They protect your home from structural damage.
In the winter months, snow and rain will ultimately lead to moisture buildup in your home unless you take steps to prevent it. Without protection, this moisture penetration will result in mold, which will lead to rotting in your rafters and sheathing. Soffits and fascia fortify water entry points, thereby preventing damage to the frame of the house. By failing to keep moisture, mold and rot at bay, homeowners may face irreparable structural damage.

They add value to your home.
Not only do they add value in terms of protection they provide, soffits and fascia give your home a clean appearance that can greatly improve curb appeal. Meanwhile, they also reduce your energy bills by allowing your home’s airflow to operate more efficiently. The long-term benefits of lower utility costs far outweigh any up-front investment.

Soffits and fascia boards protect against moisture, mold and rot, increase energy efficiency, and prevent against irreparable structural damage. If your home is missing these critical elements or they are in need of replacement or repair, call the roofing specialists at Century Home Improvements to get a free estimate today!