The soffit is an often overlooked component of roofing systems. See the underside of the roof’s overhang? That would be the soffit. Derived from French, the soffit or “something fixed underneath” can also be found under porches, under arches or columns and under stairs. To learn more about the function of soffits, roof and siding expert NorthWest Construction shares some important points to consider.
What Are Roof Soffits?
The soffit serves as one of the final touches to complete the aesthetic appeal of the roof. It is the material that covers the eaves where the fascia and gutters are attached to the wall. Without the skin, the rafter beams that run along the ridge of the roof will be fully exposed.
The soffit acts as the rafters’ protective barrier against harsh weather conditions. If the rafters are left exposed for a period of time, the base support of the roof deck and coverings weakens. You will also likely encounter mold buildup and rotted beams if rain water infiltrates the roof. This leads to untimely roof repairs when you just may have been prepping for a kitchen remodeling project instead.
Does My Home Need Soffits?
The roof soffit is your home’s support ventilation source. A vented soffit regulates the proper circulation of air in the attic, allowing cool air inside and pushing warm, moist air outside. If moisture content is kept at healthy levels, mold growth and other water-related damage are prevented. Since the soffit is structured to continuously outline the roofline, it was considered a better ventilation unit than the traditional gable vents or hood vents. Additionally, soffits help keep pests from sneaking into your home.
What Are the Materials Used for Soffits?
Since aluminum and vinyl are both cost-effective and easy to install, they are the most common materials used to construct the soffits. Aluminum is a significantly malleable material that can fit into varied spaces, but does not insulate as well as the vinyl. On the other hand, vinyl is the less expensive option and allots more room for customization. However, it is more easily affected by heat and can discolor over time.
Even the less obvious components of your roof perform great functions to better improve your home living condition. Make an effort and actively maintain these structural components such as the soffits to avoid unwanted damage.
For quality roofing services, turn to NorthWest Construction. We are also a trusted provider of custom porches and bathroom remodeling solutions. Call us today at (313) 277-7676 or fill out this contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve residents in Canton, Farmington Hills and Livonia, MI, and the surrounding areas.