A soffit is a material that connects the roof overhang and the side of your home. It covers your eaves, and, without it, your rafter beams would be too exposed. This role is often overlooked, but it is nonetheless vital to safeguarding the integrity of the roof and the home.
Ventilates Your Attic
Soffits vent the attic and keep your roof’s surface cool. Vented soffits help to circulate the air in your attic. This reduces energy consumption and costs, especially in the summer. In winter, it prevents moisture from snow and rain that could lead to rot and mold.
Keeps Animals Away
Soffits seal the gaps between the rafters/joists to prevent entry by rodents and insects, which can damage the roof deck/frame and attic insulation and thus lead to roof repair expenses. They can also expose family members to unhealthy air quality and health hazards.
Adds Curb Appeal
Soffits add a finished look to the home’s exterior and an element of curb appeal. Without them, you would be looking at the rafters making up the underside of your roof’s overhang. They come in a range of colors and materials that add instant and easy character to your home. Invest in soffits that match the rest of your exterior to give your home a cohesive and polished look.
Provides Weather Resistance
Soffits are usually secured to the rafters, which are the frame of the roofing. When installed well with a drip edge, they keep wind-driven rain from getting into your home. Considering how important this function is, make sure that they are waterproof. Otherwise, they will deteriorate and create gaps where moisture could infiltrate your roof.
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