It can be fairly easy to mistake the soffit and fascia of your residential roofing system as one and the same. That’s because both of these elements serve to protect the rafter system of the roof. But each one of these two items serves a very specific purpose apart from each other, and can be made with a variety of materials that can improve the way each part does its job.
In this article, we will discuss the difference between the two, and the materials they are commonly made from.
The fascia is a horizontal board that goes to the end of the rafters. This is usually what you will see around the trim of your roof, and is commonly covered by the gutters. The actual purpose of the fascia is to protect the interior of the roof from outside elements that may trickle down from the rooftop.
ans that anything that overflows from the shingles and the gutters splashes against the fascia instead of into the roof interior. This makes the fascia instrumental in preventing the need for interior roof repair.
The soffit, meanwhile, is the material that covers the rafters from underneath. Think of it as an extension of your ceiling, except it is designed to be outside of your home, and made of materials that can better withstand the elements. It usually connects to the fascia by virtue of both elements being in roughly the same spot.
But while the fascia protects the rafters from water dripping overhead, the soffit protects the interior from the elements from below and the side. This usually means water pouring in from the fascia, but can also include dust, pollen, debris, and creatures of any kind, be they insects or animals.
As with every other portion of the roofing system, soffits and fascias can be made with wood, but recent developments in material manufacturing have yielded a variety of alternative materials. Aluminum has become a popular choice for people who want a durable alternative.
For those who want a more cost-effective roof repair solution, PVC has also been used as a base material for soffits and fascias.
Find out more about your soffits and fascias here at American Roofing, Inc. We will be happy to let you know how we can improve your home’s roofing system and curb appeal with an updated soffit and fascia. Give us a call at (216) 226-0123 or fill out our contact form to get started. We serve clients in Ohio, including Mentor and Cleveland, OH.