Most people seem to understand that underlayment is an additional layer of protection for your roof and shingles, tile and metal roofing keep the weather out of your home. However, not everyone understands the importance of the other parts of your roofing system. Two parts in particular are fascia and soffits. Deteriorating fascia can lead to extensive roof leak repair and poor soffits lead to all sorts of issues in your attic as well as to your shingles.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the vertical boards that ties the roof to the siding. It often supports the last few rows of shingles. Gutters are attached to fascia as well. Typically, fascia is made out of wood or a composite wood material but can also be vinyl or aluminum.
How Does Fascia Get Damaged?
The most common cause of damage is water overflowing your gutters. If you have clogged gutters and the water runs over the top of them, it’s likely it’s also running down the back. The constant stream of water against the fascia will lead to rot. Because it’s wood and, when hidden by gutters, it’s not always well maintained. As that wood deteriorates, water begins to get into your home leading to a roof leak that damages your walls, ceilings, floors and more!
Your soffits are much easier to spot and inspect, however, not everyone does. Just walk around your home under the eves of your roof and look up. That plastic or metal vent that runs under your roof’s edge is your soffits. They’re part of your roof’s ventilation system. You want to make sure they run in a continuous manner all the way around. Even the smallest of cracks and holes lead to pests like bees, wasps, bats, and rodents in your attic. Once they’re inside, they can do all sorts of damage.
Also, make sure your landscaping isn’t obstructing the soffits. Because they’re part of your roof’s ventilation system, they help your attic breathe. When it can’t, your shingles will age more rapidly and humidity can get caught in your attic which will lead to mold and mildew.
If you think you have fascia and soffit damage, call the roofing experts at Russ Noyes Roofing. We’ll provide you with a complete roofing inspection and quote for all the necessary repairs. Plus, unlike other roofers, our quotes are final. If we find additional damage, it’s our problem. You pay what’s on the quote. That’s how sure we are of the thoroughness of our roofing inspections. Call 407-388-7700 today to schedule your appointment.