The Importance of Soffits and Fascia for Your Home

Soffit and Fascia

Any builder or home renovator knows a good-looking house is a top priority for their homeowner. There are countless elements in home design to consider when talking on a home construction project. But one of the top architectural elements that should take precedence is your soffits and fascia.

These two home design elements are not purely aesthetic, though. They work together to keep your home functioning properly. Below, we explore the benefits of fascia and soffits and the impact these elements can have on your home.

What is Fascia?

There is likely a spot where your roofline hangs beyond the edge of your house. The space underneath this hang is called the eave. And the eave is commonly flanked by two elements: fascia and soffit.

The edge of the roof eave is likely boxed in by a diagonal board or strip. This part of the eave is known as the fascia.

Fascia board is typically covered with:

  • Aluminum
  • Fiber Cement
  • Vinyl or UPVC

What is Soffit?

Like fascia, the soffit makes up another part of your eave. Acting as an exterior ceiling of sorts, soffits are the boards or strips that line the bottom of your eave.

Soffits are typically covered with:

  • Steel
  • Fiber cement
  • Aluminum
  • Wood
  • Vinyl.

The Benefits of Soffits and Fascia

Now that you understand fascia and soffit, we can discuss the benefits.

Every one of your system’s designs is intended to work together to keep your home functioning well. These are the distinct benefits offered by roof fascia and soffit design elements:

Pest Control

Your home is an enviable thing to creatures of all kinds. It is dark, temperate, protected, and much more. It’s not without reason that so many pests love to invade an exposed home, including:

  • Wasps
  • Bats
  • Birds
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Termites
  • And more

The problem with these creatures is many of them can cause damage to your home as they nest. This can cost enormous amounts of money when affecting structural areas like your roof or exterior walls.

By sealing up your eaves with fascia and soffit, you make your home less available to pests. Properly installed roofing, fascia and soffit materials will ensure animals can’t enter your home to make a home for themselves.

Hidden Ventilation

Your attic needs to be ventilated to work properly. It might be odd to think of flowing air as maintaining a core temperature. But the key elements of home temperature require constant airflow to work properly.

But ventilation doesn’t need to come at the cost of good looks. Soffit panels commonly come with perforated portions that offer a means of airflow into the attic. Thus, you get the benefits of ventilation but in a subtle package.

Reduced Moisture

For homeowners in climates that regularly experience rain and snow, the fascia and soffit combo works wonders to reduce water infiltration. Sometimes, wind gusts will blow rain into an over-and-up pattern. This is referred to as wind-driven rain.

When this occurs, rain will invade spaces that haven’t been properly sealed from the elements. Without soffits and fascia installed, an exposed roofline, attic, or crawl space will absorb moisture. This can lead to wear, rot, and eventually degradation of your home’s structural integrity.

Find the Right Material for Your Next Soffit and Fascia Installation

At TruLog Siding, we know why durable soffit and fascia boards are important. Our customers love our steel soffit and fascia materials for their durability, easy installation, and peerless warranty. Get an estimate today!

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