Soffits and fascias are essential for preserving and sustaining the structure of your roof, yet they are sometimes neglected.
Soffits are installed beneath the rafter’s tail, while fascias are the horizontal bands you can see at the end of the rafters. Soffit and fascia are both parts of the roofing system, defining the overall design of the roof, while also safeguarding your property from water damage. Use these steps to keep your home’s soffit and fascia in good shape so that they can do their job.
PROBLEMS THAT OCCUR WITH DIFFERENT SOFFITS AND FASCIAS TYPES
Most moisture problems occur with wood soffits when rainwater splashes up into the soffits and onto the fascia from overflowing gutters. Cleaning the gutters at least twice a year will assist in protecting the soffit and fascia from becoming damaged. Mold and mildew can grow on vinyl or aluminum soffits if moisture infiltrates them. Rust is a problem with older metal soffits and fascia that have lost their protective coats (corrosion) over time.
CLEANING SOFFITS AND FASCIAS
Solid and vented soffits are the two most common forms. Don’t spray water directly on vented soffit areas. About every two years, you should use compressed air to clean the vented soffit to remove dirt, dust, and debris. Soffits and fascias like most external finishing features such as gutters have a moisture-resistant protective coating. Grime, filth, and pollutants are cleaned from soffits and fascias with a mild detergent, preventing soffit surface damage. Clean soffits and fascias carefully using a solution of mild detergent or dish soap, water, and bleach as soon as mold or mildew appears.
CHECK FOR PESTS
When soffits or fascia break and are not fixed, these spaces can become homes for mice, other rodents, insects, and birds. Shaded areas under the eaves, in the attic, or the insulation of inner walls are highly appealing, especially at this time of year when most species are looking for a safe nesting spot. If you notice signs of a pest infestation, including droppings, chew marks, or wasp or birds nests, call your local pest control company immediately. It’s not easy to get rid of pests. If one or two home treatments fail to work, or if the issue is potentially dangerous, it is probably safer to contact a professional to handle the matter for you.
INSPECT FOR DAMAGES
Inspect the soffit and fascia panels regularly for minor holes caused by rust, decay, or flaking paint. If the colour of vinyl soffits and fascia fades, this is another clue that the weather-resistant coating has weakened. Thoroughly seal and caulk soffits to avoid water damage – examine for cracks or worn locations in the sealant or caulking.
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