Soffit & Fascia Replacement: 5 Signs It’s Time to Consider It
Intact soffits and fascia are essential to keep your roof protected from moisture and pests. Soffits also serve to ventilate your attic, which helps prevent ice dams, mold growth, other damaging roof issues. If you think your soffits and fascia are looking a little rough, keep an eye out for the following five signs that indicate the need for soffit and fascia replacement.
Evidence of Insects or Rodents
If you’ve heard the pitter-patter of tiny feet in your attic or noticed evidence of insects around the eaves of your roof, it’s time to inspect your soffit and fascia. When these roof components are damaged, insects and other pests can easily find their way inside your attic and cause extensive damage if the problem goes unnoticed or ignored.
To determine whether pests may have entered your attic through damaged soffits, you’ll need to perform a quick inspection. Here’s what you should look for:
● Bite marks around your roof eaves
● Insect or rodent nests inside or near your gutters
● Evidence of pest droppings
If you notice any areas of your soffits or fascia that aren’t fully intact, call a repair specialist to schedule a thorough inspection. If the damage is minor, you may be able to get away with a few simple repairs. But if there are large holes or cracks, soffit and fascia replacement is usually the more cost-effective long-term option.
Flaking or Cracking Paint
Cracked or flaking paint on your fascia or soffits typically indicates significant aging of these roof components. And as these components continue to age and deteriorate, they’ll eventually allow moisture to enter your attic. Don’t allow the deterioration to progress this far — moisture in your attic can cause mold growth, rot, and a host of other problems that typically necessitate extensive roof repairs.
If you have wood soffits and fascia, they become vulnerable to moisture damage as they age. Warping, swelling, and cracking are the most common signs of moisture penetration into these roofing components, and if the issue is severe, you might notice mold growth too.
When you can clearly see moisture damage, contact a roofing contractor to schedule an inspection as the issue may have spread to the interior of your roof. If the problem is extensive, you may require soffit and fascia replacement, along with a few roof repairs.
Loose or Leaky Gutters
Your gutters are designed to protect your home from moisture, but when they’re in poor condition, they can allow water to make contact with your fascia and soffit boards. And if water contacts these roof components over an extended period, it’ll inevitably cause some degree of damage. If you notice your gutters wobble or leak, schedule gutter repair or replacement promptly to prevent roof damage.
Inadequate Attic Ventilation
If you deal with ice dams on your roof every winter or you notice your attic is stifling in the summer, your soffits may be a culprit. Soffits are designed to circulate warm air out of your attic while pulling cool, outdoor air in. But they can only do their job properly when they’re intact and in good condition. If you think your attic may have poor ventilation, contact a roofing contractor who can determine whether soffit and fascia replacement may help improve it.
Schedule Soffit and Fascia Replacement With Eastern Roofing & Siding
If your soffits and fascia are looking rough, let our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding help. For over 25 years, we’ve proudly served the roofing and siding needs of home and business owners throughout Woodbury, Inver Grove Heights, and Cottage Grove, MN. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 651-238-1313 or send us a message.