Alex Scaffolding Ltd - Fascias & Soffits
Regardless of their size, fascias and soffits play a vital role in the day to day running of your home. Used for a couple of reasons, soffits and fascias help to bridge the gap between your roofing timber and the wall of the property, as well as to support the guttering. At Alex Scaffolding Ltd in Epsom, Mitcham and Sutton, we can install or repair any fascias or soffits.
Before looking at whether you need a new soffit or fascia, it is important that you understand the differences between the two and the roles that they have in the maintenance of your home.
The fascia is the board that runs parallel to the building. It is attached to the property by the soffit, and the guttering is then attached to the fascia. Supporting the guttering is no easy task; during times of heavy downfall, several gallons of rainwater can pass through your guttering in a matter of seconds.
Your fascia will also join the wall to the roofline, and will further help support the lower roofing tiles. By joining the wall to the roofline, fascias (and soffits) also stop birds, bats and other pests from entering your home. They also stop water from penetrating the space between your roof and walls, helping to avoid any structural damage caused by damp.
Joined to the fascia, your soffit is tucked underneath and is the board that you can see when you are stood directly below the guttering. The soffit will usually have little air slits in for ventilation. Along with your fascia, the soffit will help to cover your rafter beams and to support some of your roof structure. It is also far more visually appealing than wooden rafters, and it is becoming more and more common for households to go the extra mile with soffit design and patterns.
However, perhaps the most important role of the soffit is providing ventilation to your roof space, without allowing water to enter the property. The gaps on the underside of the soffit allow this to occur, and it is vital in cycling out the unwanted heat and moisture in your home. You can read more on this here.
In order to keep your fascias and soffits healthy, it is imperative that you make sure that the guttering is clear! A blocked gutter causes water to pool, and the first area of your home to be damaged by this is the fascia board. If this happens, then you could end up with a weak roof structure, costing you more money in the long run.