Contrary to what most homeowners believe, the roof isn’t a single large structure. It’s actually made of many individual components that all play a key role in the structure’s overall function. One of these parts is the soffit. Though it doesn’t get quite the same attention as shingles, it is just as important.
The Roof’s Underbelly
The soffit is the part of the roof that’s located between the roof eaves and is often called the underbelly of the roof. This is where the fascia and gutters are directly connected to the wall and are a common feature on roofs that have overhanging edges.
What Does It Do?
The main role of the soffit is to provide ‘natural’ ventilation to your attic, essentially preventing humid air from entering and circulating indoors. The way the soffit is lined throughout the roof means that the circulating air flows evenly throughout the attic and the rest of the house instead of just in one spot like when you have just vents.
As with all of the other components of the roof, the soffit can be made from different materials, with the most common being wood, aluminum and composite materials, such as vinyl. The many disadvantages of cedar wood, such as its susceptibility to water and moisture damage, mean that it’s quite rare to see soffits made entirely of wood.
Aluminum, vinyl and other composite materials are the new standard for soffits. Not only are these more resilient, they require less upkeep, too. That said, it’s still vital that you keep the boards well-sealed and caulked, and ensure that the gutters are clean and clog-free.
Solid State Construction will make sure you get the best possible value on your next roofing project. Our team will always keep you in the know, whether you need a new roof or just want to learn the benefits of vertical siding versus horizontal siding. Call us today at (508) 709-0041 to learn more.