Soffit & Fascia Explained: What They Are and Why They Matter

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Most people have a pretty good grasp on the features of their home, but two terms you may not be familiar with are soffit & fascia. Soffit & fascia are names for two important, but often overlooked, parts of your home.

Soffit & Fascia

Soffit refers to the exposed siding on the underside of your roof’s overhang. Since soffit can’t be seen from the street, it makes little impact on your home’s curb appeal, but it can be viewed from your front door or porch. Soffit is available in many materials, including wood, aluminum, and vinyl. Most homes have soffit that matches their siding, but you can always mix it up if you prefer. Soffit is important because it has venting that ensures proper airflow between your roof and attic–if the airflow is impeded it can cause mold to form. It also helps protect your home from outside pests, like insects.

Fascia is found just above the soffit–it’s the exposed board on the edges of your roof’s overhang. Like soffit, fascia is available in a variety of materials to suit your needs and style. Unlike soffit, fascia is visible from the street and makes a big difference in your home’s overall appearance.  Because fascia is located at the edge of the roof, it forms an important support to the lower rows of roof tiles. Fascia is also where gutters are installed, so it needs to be strong enough to hold not just the gutters, but also a significant amount of rainwater.

Now that you know what soffit & fascia are, we encourage you to call us at Gorilla Gutters to keep yours in good repair.