A soffit is on the span under the rafter rails, whereas a fascia is a horizontal band that is seen at the end of rafters.
What is their purpose?
Many people like them for their visual appearance but they can actually keep your home safe from pests like bats, birds or squirrels and also provide a disguise for ventilation.
A windy climate can cause rainwater to come in under the eaves but a soffit will eliminate that from happening.
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What materials are soffits and fascias made from?
Most are made with aluminum or wood but there are plenty of different materials that can be used. Some homeowners are using composite materials or vinyl as they are known for their durability.
Soffits and fascias made from vinyl can be found in many different styles and patterns to better match the exterior of any home. There are eco-friendly options for materials as well.
Installation and maintenance
Correct installation of a soffit and fascia is crucial for making sure they are waterproofed. Problems with gutters or flashing could also cause issues.
Having a professional come to install and check everything is the smartest choice. Clean gutters are so important for keeping water from pooling on the fascia board.
You will want to check the soffit and fascia once a year for issues with paint or caulk and make sure everything is sealed so you won’t have to worry about the outdoor elements.
Soffits and fascias can both be replaced. Normally soffits cost about $20 to $30 for a linear foot and fascias cost about $15 to $25 per linear foot although prices can vary depending on size and materials used.
• If a soffit has mold or mildew try cleaning it with a soft bristled brush with a mixture of bleach and water.
• Always check for bee or hornet nests in the Spring and Summer. If you find any and aren’t comfortable getting rid of the nests yourself, call a professional.
• If you are doing fascia installation yourself you may want to cut pieces longer than measurements as to overlap the joints.
Call a Professional
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