Do I need soffit and fascia?

Soffit & Fascia along roof

Parts of your home and roofing system

Your house has several structural components. Ceilings, flooring, walls, and a roof, and each of those things have components with them when they are constructed. Like the roof example, it has rafters, decking, shingles, and the soffit & fascia. Today, we’re going to discuss two of the components in the roof: the soffit & fascia.

Let’s start by discussing what do soffits and fascia do, because to the unknowing person, they may just seem like decorative parts to the roof. Both the soffits and fascia on a house have important functions for the roof.  

The soffits keep the attic ventilated so that moisture doesn’t build up in the attic and rot the rafters. The roll of the fascia is different but just as important in preventing damage and rot to the attic and roof by covering the ends of the rafters. With out the soffit & fascia, the roofing would go bad faster and need replacing way before the 20, 25, or 30 year warranty was expired on the shingles! 

Do I need to vent my soffits?

If you haven’t got the message yet, attic ventilation is important to the health of your roof and your home. One reason, for homes in warm climates and hot summers, you’ll have a cooler attic with soffit vents. They help keep your home cooler so that you need the air conditioning less.  In the winter, soffit vents keeps the moisture build up minimal by providing attic ventilation. This keeps the water condensation all but eliminated and that keeps mildew, mold, and rot away. 

When soffit & fascia are installed on a home, the soffit is typically an aluminum, vinyl, or wood. There is non-vented soffit and standard for homes with a narrow eave. There are two primary types of soffit vents, one is the continuous soffit vents. They are long and narrow vents running the entire length of the soffit and used for homes with narrow eaves. The other soffit vents is the more common and are individual vents that are cut to size when installed between the soffit joists.

Does roof replacement include fascia?

The original timing for soffits and fascia installation is during construction of the house. Then when the roof is replaced, usually 20 to 30 years later, the roofing contractor will inspect the soffit & fascia and determine if they need repairing, replacing, or can be left alone. While a roofing contractor can certainly replace the fascia & soffit while replacing the roof, if they only repairing, the contractor may sub that job to general handyman contractor.  

What goes on first fascia or soffit?

When deciding if the soffit and fascia or siding first, in most cases the fascia is installed first. This is the long straight piece that runs along the lower edge of the roof and is fastened to the trusses. The job of the fascia is to protect to support the bottom row of roofing material. The fascia board is also where the gutter runs are fastened.  

Next, the soffit board is positioned so that it tucks under the fascia board. When you are standing on the sidewalk, you see this as you look up at the roof. The fascia board protects the eaves and keeps things out of the attic. Without a fascia board, your attic would be open to all the critters and insects. 

Is it OK to pressure wash soffits and fascia?

Because of the importance the soffit & fascia are to your home, it is recommended to have your home, including the soffit and fascia cleaned by a professional service. They will have the proper equipment and tools with the experience on how to wash them without damage. 

fascia along roof

 How do you clean soffits and fascia?

However, if you choose to do this yourself, follow these tips:

  • Water Pressure: Use a low pressure setting. Hard setting can bust through the fascia board and into your attic. 
  • Make sure your ladder is firm and secure in place, climb with caution.
  • Wear rubber sole shoes with a good tread. 
  • Watch for falling debris as you wash.

As you can tell from our piece the soffit & fascia may appear to be nothing more than cosmetic features for your home. They are more than a place to fasten the gutter run and Christmas lights. They have a strong purpose and if you left them off your home for a week, you’d find out quickly why you need soffit & fascia on your home.

While your roofing material may have a 25 to 30-year lifespan, the soffit & fascia may need repairs or replacement earlier. They are just as important at the roof itself, so when you see any rot or sagging areas, call a professional contractor to for repairs or replacement. Call (314) 786-3732 today for your roof’s fascia and soffit in Chesterfield and St. Louis, MO.