An exterior soffit is located on the span beneath the rafter tails, while the fascia is the exposed horizontal band you see at the end of the rafters. These architectural elements found along the have area do more than just add visual interest and give a finished look to your home. They help protect the exterior of your house by keeping out pests like bats, birds and squirrels, and give you a way to disguise ventilation for your attic.
Soffit is important because it has venting that helps keep a steady airflow between your roof and attic. You're probably thinking, why do I want outside air in my home? Your attic needs to be well ventilated or else moisture can build up causing mold to form. The last thing you want in your home is mold. Aside from keeping moisture out, soffit helps release heat from your attic during the hot summer months. Soffit also helps keep animals and insects out of your home. Bees and wasps love to nestle up in soffit, so you need to keep it maintained to prevent them from invading. It's important to make sure your soffit has no cracks or holes in it and if it does, you must repair or replace it right away.
Fascia consists of the long straight board along the lower edge of the roof, so how can it be so important? For starters, it's the last line of support for the lower edge of the bottom row of roof tiles or shingles. Plus, it's what your gutters are installed on. Gutters are extremely important and your fascia needs to be able to hold them up even during torrential downpour. Fascia is also important because it's visible to everyone. If you want to maximize your home's curb appeal, your fascia needs to look great as well. After finding out what soffit and fascia are, you might notice that yours needs replacing. In such a case, Eco Shield Home Design has you covered. Contact the experts at Echo Shield Home Design by calling (224) 520 8106 or fill out the online form for a free inspection and estimate!