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Why You Should Never Ignore Damaged Soffit and Fascia
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Why You Should Never Ignore Damaged Soffit and Fascia

Are you under the impression that soffit and fascia are merely aesthetic additions to your home? Unfortunately, that viewpoint is a bit misguided. While soffit and fascia certainly function to give the exterior of your house a more finished appearance, they also play critical roles in your roofing system. And if you ignore signs of damage or deterioration to these roofing components, you risk more serious roof damage down the road.

Let’s cover the importance of soffit and fascia repairs while explaining their purpose!

What Are Soffit and Fascia?

Before we get into the potential problems damaged soffit and fascia can cause, it might be helpful to explain what exactly these roofing components are. Here’s the breakdown:

Soffit.

This is the protective cladding material situated beneath the eaves of your house to protect your rafter from the elements. If your home doesn’t feature eaves, it won’t have soffits either.

Fascia

This is the straight piece of trim that extends from the edge of your home’s eaves. It should sit perpendicularly to the soffit, and the two components should meet at the edge of the eave.

What Purpose Do Soffit and Fascia Serve?

Soffit and fascia both serve their unique purpose. Though they might look like nothing more than a nice finishing touch on the edge of your roof. However, they provide more than just aesthetics. Here’s what they’re designed to do:

●        Soffit. Because the soffit is situated along the underside of your home’s rafters, it protects the rafters from moisture intrusion, debris collection, and other environmental impacts reducing the chance for mold and further damage. 

●        Fascia. This roofing component is designed to prevent water from penetrating the decking of a roof; however, it can also serve a couple of different purposes, depending on the exterior design of your home. If you have a tile roof, the fascia along its edge serves to support the bottom-most row of roof tiles. And, if you have gutters on your home, the fascia serves to secure them to the edge of your roof.

Soffit and Fascia Damage: Why You Should Never Ignore It

Why are prompt soffit and fascia repair essential if you observe damage to these roofing components? Below, we’ve listed potential issues that can crop up when you ignore deteriorated soffit and fascia:

Mold

When moisture penetrates through damaged soffit and fascia, it can encourage mold growth on the underside of your roof. Not only is mold a health hazard, but when it’s allowed to proliferate unchecked, it can also contribute to roof deterioration.

Pest Infestation

Deteriorated soffit and fascia no longer provide a sealed barrier against insect intrusion. If moisture can make its way into your attic, pests can find a way inside too. The worst part? You probably won’t notice a pest problem in your attic until it becomes severe.

Roof Rot

When moisture continually penetrates the edge of your roof through partially exposed rafter tails, it can gradually rot away the wood framing. If you fail to notice the deterioration, it can lead to major structural problems with your home.

If you notice minor damage to these important roofing components, hiring a reputable contractor to perform soffit and fascia repair can usually solve the problem. However, if you observe cracking, warping, or other signs of water damage to these components, replacing them is typically the best course of action.

Soffit and Fascia Repairs

When you opt for Soffit and Fascia repairs, you can do it independently if you are skilled enough. However, for the highest quality work, it’s best to contact an experienced roofing contractor.

First, the shingles over the top of the fascia are removed using a pry bar. The rotted or damaged facia is removed carefully so that shingles and flashing are not damaged. Next, the damaged soffit is removed, and the rafter is cut out by a saw.

Now, installing the new soffit and fascia parts goes in reverse order, starting with the rafter. The new soffit gets a coat of sealant before installation to create a water-tight seal. After the new soffit is in place, the crown molding and replacement fascia install with galvanized nails. The nail holes are then filled with putty to keep them out of sight and create a tighter seal.

Need Soffit and Fascia Repair? Contact Eastern Roofing & Siding

If you believe you need soffit and fascia repairs, being proactive is the best way to avoid further damage to your roof. At Eastern Roofing & Siding, we’ve proudly served homeowners throughout the Twin Cities for over 25 years, and we’re here to help you too.

To learn more about our services or request a free estimate, give our Cottage Grove office a call today at 651-238-1313 or contact us online.

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