Every component of your roofing system plays a valuable role in upholding and maintaining its structural integrity. This includes the soffit, one of the most underrated parts of the roof.
What Is the Soffit?
The soffit can be found on your roof’s underside. In terms of aesthetics, it is the skin that covers the eaves. Without it, the rafter beams are fully exposed when seen outside. With it, your home is given a more seamless, polished appearance, thus boosting your home’s character and overall curb appeal.
In terms of function, the soffit protects the rafter beams from the elements as well as pests and critters that may take up residence in the roof’s framing. More importantly, the soffit allows your home to breathe. An integral part of a residential roofing system’s ventilation, the soffit allows air to flow through the vents, keeping warm, moist air from staying longer inside the attic. This prevents condensation from forming, which can lead to mold growth that causes rot and structural damage.
There are various material options available for soffit boards. Aluminum is one of the most popular materials – it doesn’t rot, chip or crack and is water-resistant, making it an ideal choice for homeowners living in wet regions. These qualities are also evident in vinyl soffit boards. The material tends to be the most affordable option and is well-known for insulating the home.
The soffit can both complement your home’s architecture and help maintain the function of your roofing system. To make sure the entire system’s life span is preserved and even prolonged, regular roof maintenance is a must.
Having the roof on your home regularly maintained and repaired will save you more money over the long term. Resolving small problems right away is far less expensive than repairing severe water and wood damage. Sign up for our roof maintenance program, and our pros will regularly visit your property to maintain your existing roofing system.
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