The fascia board is the horizontal panel nailed to the tails of rafters, and the soffit is the piece covering the underside of roof overhangs. Together, they provide a finished look to a home’s exterior.
But did you know that fascias and soffits serve more practical purposes? Today, UHQ Construction explains why you should think about these construction elements when replacing your roofing or siding system:
They Support Gutters
Fascias hold gutters in place. When these boards are in bad shape, the pipes that make up your roof’s drainage system will sag or even fall down to the ground.
Many materials are used in manufacturing fascia boards, but moisture-resistant options are more worthy of the expense. Waterproof fascias last longer and require less maintenance.
They Prevent Water Infiltration
Experienced experts in exterior services, like UHQ Construction, will attest that high-quality fascias and soffits help keep the elements at bay. Your gutters can’t catch every drop of water that tries to enter your house. But your fascias and soffits prevent wind-driven rain from getting into your roof’s rafters and eaves.
They Contribute to Roof Ventilation
Perforated soffits can serve as efficient intake vents. They breathe in cool, dry outside air to regulate your roof’s surface temperature. The drafts help push the warm, moisture-ridden inside air out, usually through the ridge vent at the peak of the roof.
They Inhibit Pest Invasion
When installed in a weathertight manner, fascias and soffits keep wildlife out. The gaps in these boards are the favorite entry points for insects and critters into the house. Once pests shelter in your attic space, roof repair will only be one of your many worries.
Turn to UHQ Construction to make sure your home’s fascia boards and soffits are always in good repair. Call (317) 744-1133 now to schedule your free estimate with us in Carmel, IN or any nearby community.
Cory Getz is the Operations Manger for UHQ Construction, which has delivered effective roofing, siding, window and gutter solutions throughout central Indiana since 2004.