Soffits are often overlooked or regarded merely as a minor exterior design detail. But along with contributing to your home’s exterior design, they’re also used to cover eaves and protect rafter beams. When rafters are exposed to moisture and other elements, the material can develop mold and rot — issues that can affect your roofing system’s performance.
To further discuss the importance of soffits, flat roof repair expert Arrowhead Roofing shares more information below.
What Soffits Do
Soffits are essential to your roofing system because they fulfill the following roles:
- Attic ventilation – Soffits provide passive ventilation for the attic by keeping warm moisture in the air from mixing with the air in the attic. They enable continuous ventilation, thus preventing mold growth and roof rot.
- Prevention of pest infestation – Soffits are also useful in deterring pests. They prevent unwanted pests and critters from sneaking into your house and making your attic their home. When left to nest in your attic, pests can damage your roofing as well as other crucial components inside your home, such as electrical wiring.
Types of Soffits
Roof repair and replacement experts usually offer aluminum and vinyl soffits, two of the most commonly-installed types of soffits.
- Aluminum soffits – Known for their malleability, aluminum soffits can easily fit in a variety of spaces. They’re sturdy and durable, and are resistant to chipping, cracking and rotting. These soffits are low-maintenance, too, because they don’t attract or accumulate much dirt.
- Vinyl soffits – These soffits are durable and easy to maintain as well. They come in different styles and textures, so you can customize their design for an attractive exterior. Vinyl soffits, however, come with a few drawbacks–they can be damaged by extreme heat and become discolored and brittle with long-term exposure to sunlight.
Arrowhead Roofing has a reputation for quality workmanship and top-notch customer service. We offer a range of roofing services and only use quality materials, such as Decra roofing products, to ensure excellent results. Call us at (918) 743-9257 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote.