Why You Can’t Neglect Your Soffit and Fascia

September 18, 2016 / Author: Colin Gibson

Soffit and fascia are similar to eavestrough in that, although they can both add a unique aesthetic accent to your home, for the most part they go unnoticed. That is, until they cause you problems.

Your soffit and fascia play an important role in the health of your roof and attic. For starters, your soffit is a big part of what allows your attic to ventilate. Many think that having the right amount of roof vents is enough to ventilate an attic, but it’s not; if you don’t have perforated soffits every 4-5 feet, you won’t have enough air circulating through your attic. This can cause a number of problems:

  • Soffit protects your home’s rafters from the elements. Without it, they can grow mould and rot. Replacing rafter beams typically costs thousands more than replacing or fixing your soffits.
  • The same ventilation issues that can cause your rafters to develop mould can also affect your attic. Mould in your attic can go undetected for years. If not discovered and removed promptly (an expensive endeavor it in itself), mould can turn into rot, resulting in your roof sheathing needing to be replaced.
  • Proper soffit ventilation doesn’t just affect your attic; it affects the air circulation of your entire home. If your attic is sealed tight, it will retain heat, causing your utility bill to skyrocket in hotter months. The same poor ventilation will also cause moisture to build up in cooler months, leading to mould in your attic, which, as stated above, is expensive to remove and can eventually cause rot.

The good news is that you need never experience any of these issues. Follow these two rules when having new soffits installed:

  1. Make sure that at least one out of every four soffit panels are vented. At Edmunds, we install a 1 vented panel for every 3 panels to ensure maximum ventilation.
  2. When choosing a material for your soffits, choose heavy gauge aluminum. It may cost a little more than lighter gauge aluminum, but it will be far more durable in the face of high winds or animals trying to build a home in your attic.

One of the secondary benefits of aluminum soffit is that it comes in a number of styles and any colour you can think of. When combined and coordinated with your eavestrough, window capping, and roof, new soffit and fascia can act as the perfect aesthetic compliment to the rest of your home.

Don’t Forget About Your Fascia

Fascia is usually installed with soffits. Aluminum fascia stops water from rotting the wood boards that support your eavestrough. If these boards rot, your eavestrough may lose its slope and stop working, or fall off altogether. Rotten fascia boards also provide easy access to your attic for critters such as raccoons and squirrels.

For more information or to get a free estimate on soffit & fascia repair and replacement, call Edmunds at 905 472 0276 today.