Many homeowners aren’t familiar with a soffit and fascia or the purpose these components serve for your home. Essentially, the soffit and fascia help your home “breathe.”
These essential pieces of “trim” don’t usually require much attention unless something goes awry. However, because the soffit and fascia are critical to your home’s ventilation, improper soffit and fascia cleaning and maintenance can lead to significant concerns.
Without a working soffit and fascia, your shingles may curl and even come off the roof. Moisture, mold, and mildew can get into your home, wood can rot, and you can face tremendous problems. Don’t let yourself get in a predicament—learn about soffit and fascia upkeep so you can keep your home protected.
What’s the Purpose of Soffit and Fascia Anyway?
The subject of soffit and fascia usually comes up when a homeowner is exploring roof replacement, siding updates, new gutters, or when they run into an issue with their home’s ventilation. Think of your roof as two sides of a triangle for those who aren’t familiar with the terms. The soffit is the bottom part of the triangle, connecting the roof to the house’s sides. Soffits are ventilated, allowing your home (and roof) to receive proper airflow.
Fascia is a trim piece that covers the “side” of your roof. The fascia may also be known as “transition trim” because it adds finish between your house and roof. The fascia also serves two essential purposes. First, your home’s gutters are usually attached to the fascia, and the fascia also helps to support shingles, protecting them from moisture.
When it rains or snows, water pours over your roof. The water typically flows down your roof and into the gutters affixed to the fascia. Without clean, functioning gutters, a well-installed fascia, and the clean, ventilated soffit, water could get inside and cause significant damage.
To see how water can damage fascia not protected by gutters, explore this Home Improvement Tips video from Tod & Todd:
As you can see, the fascia and soffit of your home play a crucial role in keeping your home safe and functioning correctly. Damage to your soffit or fascia can be catastrophic.
How Do I Keep Up on Soffit and Fascia Cleaning and Maintenance?
The good news is that properly installed soffit and fascia are virtually maintenance-free. However, older soffits may require cleaning and upkeep, especially if they feature “cheese grater” style vents that can become clogged and dirty over time.
Wooden fascia or older aluminum versions can start to look dingy and worn over time. Because these pieces protect your home from water and moisture, they can begin to peel, chip, and even rot due to constant exposure to the weather. Older soffit and fascia may require cleaning, sanding, staining, painting, and more upkeep.
That said, you shouldn’t ignore soffit and fascia cleaning and maintenance. Because they play a critical role in protecting your roof, especially in winter weather (like the ice and snow we get every winter in Wisconsin), you must ensure these components of your home are in good working order. If you have gutters, they should also be flowing well, with no clogs or debris. Gutters protect your soffit and fascia, as well as the foundation of your home.
If you’re tired of cleaning, sanding, and painting your soffit and fascia, or if you feel your gutters aren’t doing their job, it may be time to consider a replacement. We offer an array of colors and styles to help you choose the proper trim to complement the look of your home. In addition, our durable soffit and fascia options are created by Quality Edge—a leader in the industry, for long-lasting, strong soffit and fascia.
When Is It Time to Replace Your Soffit or Fascia?
If you’re a homeowner considering roof replacement, you may also want to consider replacing the soffit and fascia as well as the gutters on your home. Of course, you can replace your soffit and fascia anytime—the job doesn’t need to accompany a roof replacement. For example, if your home is older and features wooden fascia boards, you may want to replace them to avoid maintenance and upkeep.
Look for signs of discoloration, peeling, mildew, and water damage to your fascia. If you notice cracks, dents, or other damage, it may be time to replace them.
As for the soffit, your roof will tell the tale. If you notice shingles are starting to curl up, fall of, or look uneven, you may be experiencing a ventilation problem. Ice damming in the winter can also indicate that your home’s ventilation is less than optimal. It’s important to address these concerns because they can lead to big problems down the road.
Your soffit should provide continuous ventilation for your roof. That means the ventilation should be appropriately spaced and adequate for the size and style of your roof. With the proper soffit, you shouldn’t need to clean or maintain it at all. It should have a beautiful, seamless look, complimenting your home.
Finally, your soffit will help protect the warranty on your roof. If your roof isn’t properly ventilated, you may not be covered under warranty, should something go awry. Most roofing manufacturers require that all ventilation meets a certain standard, which means that the soffit and fascia must be up-to-date and well maintained.
If you’re considering an update to your home, don’t overlook these crucial components. Contact us today to explore how the right trim can complement your roof replacement or new siding. We have options to give every home the right new look and a beautiful, maintenance-free finish.