When it comes to the exterior of your home, reliable soffit and fascias are crucial to the performance of your roof. They are the part of a roof structure that is closest to the gutters, making them the first to become damaged by water should the gutters be clogged. If you start to notice peeling or discoloration on your soffit or fascia boards, it could be a sign that they’re due for repair.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a long, straight board that runs along the lower edge of the roof. These boards are fixed to the lower trusses of a roof. The fascia board supports the lower edge of a roof’s shingles, as well as carries all of the guttering around a home. In the photo above, the blue board that follows along the outline of the roof is the fascia, and the white on the underside is the soffit.
What is soffit?
You can locate the soffit of a house directly under the fascia. The soffit usually has ventilation pockets in order to allow air flow into the roof. Without proper ventilation, moisture and condensation can become stuck inside the roof, increasing the chances of wood rot and decay.
Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Soffit and Fascia
Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to know when it’s time to replace your soffit and fascia, as most indications of damage are visible from the outside of your home. If you notice any of these signs of deterioration, it’s time to contact your local roofing contractor to assess the level of damage.
Flaking or Peeling Paint
One of the most obvious signs it’s time to replace your soffit and fascia is cracking or peeling paint. Aside from not being aesthetically pleasing, cracks in the paint can lead to leaking and water damage - none of which are good for the roof of your home.
Water in the Attic
The attic - also known as the roof void - is the space between the roof structure and the ceiling joists in the uppermost part of a home. While this sign of damage can be a little harder to detect, it’s important to have your attic inspected for any signs of water intrusion. Water in the attic can lead to a multitude of costly problems - like rot or mold - that could be unsafe for you and your family. Be sure to keep an eye on your soffit and fascia to make sure they are not letting water into your roof.
Evidence of Rodents and Debris
We all know how annoying pests and debris inside our homes can be. If you think bugs, rodents or other outside intruders are causing damage to your roof or attic, it’s probably time to check your soffit and fascia boards as this system was designed to keep those things out.
Little to No Ventilation
The main purpose of a soffit and fascia system is to provide ventilation to your roof. If you notice your soffit is missing a soffit vent - or a vent installed into the underside of your eaves (where the soffit lives) - this is a sign of an improper installation and should be evaluated by a roofing professional as soon as possible. The soffit vent pulls fresh air into the attic, while hot, humid air is released through the roof vents at the top; lowering air conditioning costs in the summer and preventing moisture buildup in the winter. In order to check your soffit for ventilation, simply walk around your house and look under the eaves of your home. If you see regularly placed vents along your soffit, you’re fine. If you don’t see any, however, you need to get some installed. If you do see vents but are concerned there might not be enough, Superstorm Restoration is happy to advise you.
How much does it cost to replace soffit and fascia?
While the total cost of replacing your soffit and fascia system depends upon a number of factors - like the materials used and the size of the project - a general rule of thumb to keep in mind is a soffit replacement costs about $20 to $30 a linear foot installed, and a fascia installation costs about $15 to $25 a linear foot. Here is another great resource from HomeAdvisor to help estimate the cost of installing new soffit and fascia.
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If you notice any of the above warning signs on your existing soffit and fascia, contact Superstorm Restoration to schedule a FREE property inspection today.