Your home’s soffit is the exposed surface beneath the overhanging section of a roof eave or the finished surface below the fascia and rafters. The soffit helps provide air circulation so it can cycle to the vents and draw heat and moisture away from your home and prevent rot in the sheathing and rafters. But like the rest of your roofing system, your soffit can also encounter problems if it isn’t maintained well.
To understand how your soffit can be properly maintained, our professional experts on roofing and replacement windows at ARCH Exteriors, LLC explain what you need to know:
While damaged/missing shingles and rusted/loose flashing are common issues found in many roofing systems, roof rot can often start at the soffit. This is because of its vulnerability to mold, rot, and water damage if your roof isn’t maintained properly. A damaged soffit can also be caused by clogged gutters that have water pooling and leaking through. When small animals such as birds and squirrels take up residence inside your soffit, they can also contribute to damage and rot.
What You Can Do
While most soffits are made from vinyl since it’s water-resistant and cost-effective, others are made from more traditional materials such as wood. Either way, it’s important that you inspect your soffit, and that can be done while cleaning your gutters. Make sure to check for cracks, rot, and holes to avoid an easy entrance for water or insects and small animals. You can also call in a professional roofing company to check it for you so you’ll have a more thorough inspection.
What Your Trusted Professional Can Do
Even if the damage to your soffit isn’t that extensive, the affected area should still be repaired or replaced immediately to avoid further damage to your roof’s internal structure. This type of job shouldn’t be done as a DIY project, so you need to call in your trusted roofing contractor to take care of it for you. And with our services, you can be sure your roof stays in its best condition!