It may not be as visible as the other roof components, but the soffit plays an important role in your home. It comes from the Latin term “suffixus,” which means “fixed underneath,” and that definition alone best describes its location on your home. Just step out of the door and look up at the roof.
Today, Affordable Roofing Systems, your experts in storm damage restoration, discusses everything you need to know about the roof’s soffit.
The Purpose of the Soffit
The soffit is the underbelly of your roof, veering out from your home’s facade and toward the eaves where the fascia and gutters are placed. As an aesthetic element, it covers the overhang and conceals the rafter and joist beams that serve as the framework of your roofing system. It comes in different styles and colors that will help add easy character to your property.
Just as important, the soffit has a functional purpose. Experts in roof repairs install it to protect the framework from the weather elements. Otherwise, your exposed rafter and joist beams may incur moisture damage, which can lead to mold buildup and rot and may compromise the roof’s structural integrity.
The Soffit’s Role in Roof Ventilation
The most important role your soffit plays involves roof ventilation. It acts as a passive ventilation unit for your attic, keeping warm moisture in the air from entering and condensing inside your attic. Air from the soffit cycles to the vents to draw heat and moisture away from your home. With this, mold won’t grow and cause rot and poor air quality.
Affordable Roofing Systems is the leading roofing contractor to turn to if your roof sustained wind or hail damage. We bring the same attention to detail and quality craftsmanship to roof repair as we do to new roof construction and roof replacement.
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