The soffit, although not often discussed, is an essential part of your roofing system. It comes from the Latin word suffixus, which means ‘fixed underneath’. Consistent with its meaning, the soffit is considered the underbelly of your roof. You can find it between the eaves where the fascias and gutters are installed by residential and commercial roofers.
Why Does Your Home Need Soffit?
Soffit is the component of your roof that acts as a passive ventilation system for your attic. It provides an escape for warm, stale air inside the attic, preventing moisture buildup and condensation issues like musky odors and the growth of mold. One of the most effective ways to provide fresh air in the attic is to have soffit outlining the entire roofline.
Pest infestation can also be prevented by the presence of a functioning soffit, according to expert roofing contractors. Undetected small animals nesting in your attic can cause damage to your roof and compromise the quality of air in your home.
What’s the Upkeep on Soffit?
Skillfully-installed soffit only requires minimal maintenance. Tips on prolonging the service life of your roofing system include keeping gutters clean and free of clogs, keeping the soffit well-sealed and caulked and occasionally removing patches of mildew from soffit using a soft brush and a mixture of bleach and water.
What Are the Materials Used for Soffit?
Vinyl and aluminum are the most common materials used for the soffit. Vinyl tends to be the more affordable option, and is best for insulating your living space. It can be customized according to your own style with the different textures and grains available. Aluminum soffit, on the other hand, is highly durable and resistant to water, which makes it good for wet regions. It’s also easy to clean and won’t rot or crack, which is why many residential and commercial roofing contractors prefer the material.
If you’re planning to give your roof an upgrade, Arrowhead Roofing is here to help. We provide a wide range of professional residential and commercial services, such as roof replacements, insulation and ventilation installation and storm damage repairs. Call us at (918) 743-9257 or fill out our contact form to start a conversation with one of our specialists.