Like every other homeowner, you also make sure to keep the prominent features of your home in top condition. The exterior walls, windows, doors, appliances, and other major features receive your full attention. But what about the small elements that often remain unnoticed?
Just like your doors and windows, your home’s roof and its components are also equally important. The roof system of your home comprises different parts such as fascias, soffits, and guttering. All these individual components function together to protect your home from different elements. Soffits and fascia are a crucial part of your home’s structure as they protect your roof by keeping out water, rodents, and debris. The fascia is exposed horizontal blade at the end of the rafters while soffit is located beneath the rafter rails. Both soffits and fascia holds structural importance and gives your home a more finished look.
Although soffits and fascia are sturdy, still like every other thing, they deteriorate over time. Since these parts are exposed to extreme weather elements like wind, humidity, sun, rain, and snow, fascias and soffits don’t last forever. But sometimes, due to lack of maintenance, these parts fail prematurely. And when it happens, it’s better to replace them rather than attempting a repair.
Now you may wonder how to figure out that it’s time to replace soffits or fascias. Below, we’ve listed some common signs that indicate it’s time to replace your soffits and fascia.
1. Cracks and Flaking Paint
Ideally, you should inspect your fascias and soffits twice a year. But if before the scheduled inspection, you feel that your soffits and fascias don’t look as beautiful as they used to, it might be time for a replacement or a repair. Fascias and soffits hold a great aesthetic value. So, when you notice cracks or peeling paint, hire a professional roofer to replace the damaged pieces. Flaking or bubbling paint indicates a water leak which can lead to other serious issues. So, make sure to fix this problem.
2. Evidence of Pests
Uninvited guests like pests and rodents are not only annoying but also troublesome. Pests, especially in colder months, look for shelter that can become a big issue for you. Unusual noise, nests or droppings in your attic, all indicate that bugs and rodents have taken shelter in your home. These uninvited guests can cause severe damage to your roof. The soffits and fascia are designed to keep pests at bay but when they get damaged, pests can make their way to your roof and attic.
3. Lack of Ventilation
Soffits perform a crucial function of providing ventilation to the attic. Besides ventilation, installing soffits and fascia helps in limiting heat, moisture, and the build-up of condensation. If you start noticing a lack of ventilation, it means that possibly your soffits and/or fascia are blocked or damaged. You should call a soffit and fascia specialist for an inspection. When soffits and fascia get damaged, it results in other issues like rotten wood and impaired energy efficiency. So, when this happens, you need to consider replacing them right away.