Your roofline is made up of all kinds of parts, some better known than others. Fascias and soffits are important terms – but do you know one from the other? In this article, we’ll run through the basics of both.
What are fascias?
Fascia are straight boards that make up part of your roofline.
They run along the side of the house at the top of the wall, directly under the very edge of the roof. The fascia on a traditional property are attached straight onto the roof trusses.
The main job of the fascia is to carry the guttering around the house, and to support the weight of the bottom row of roof tiles. Naturally, guttering can collect all kinds of debris, and this can place a strain on the fascia that has to hold it up.
Over time, fascia can start to develop holes and decayed areas due to water ingress and damage, so they need to be checked by a professional on a regular basis. A soft spot in the fascia is a common symptom that this is a problem waiting to happen.
This is also why we recommend having your gutters cleaned and inspected at least twice a year.
What are soffits?
Soffits are also a type of board in the roofline. They are the long, straight pieces of board you see when you look up at the roof. Soffits sit underneath the fascia boards; this is the part that is easy to see when you are at street level.
Ventilation is required in the soffits, otherwise condensation is a real problem. The result of lack of ventilation is damp. Water can start to appear in the void of the roof; if left unattended, it can then lead to decay of the surrounding timber. Products offer ventilation to allow air in and out of the roof area, or through a system over the top of the fascia.
It is important to get a professional to check the soffits for you. Soffits are a popular nesting area for squirrels and birds, and you might not be able to spot the signs of a nest if you don’t have a trained eye. But once you have cracks, holes or rotten areas in a soffit, small animals will burrow in to make the area their home and cause even more damage.
Who can help?
Don’t leave your soffits unchecked. If it’s been a while since an inspection, or if you’ve just bought a property, get someone to inspect the whole roofline and pick up on trouble before it starts.
Talk to South Thames Windows about your fascia and soffits now. We’ve been removing old fascia and soffits for years, and we’re able to replace them with durable and high quality materials that will last for many years. Call today and get a quote before your roof starts to give you a headache.