A roofing system has several components that allow it to offer protection and comfort to your home. Soffits do not only make your exterior look aesthetically pleasing, but they are also essential for efficient attic ventilation. Despite their importance, people know very little about their roof soffits. Here’s what you can expect from your soffits.
The term “soffit” has a French origin that means “something fixed underneath.” You’ll find soffits between the roof eaves, where gutters and fascia attach. If your roof doesn’t have an overhang, then it doesn’t have a soffit. The soffit can be made from different materials including wood, aluminum, steel, vinyl and fiber cement.
Without proper ventilation, your attic can get extremely hot and humid, compromising the various parts of your roof. The heat can speed up the deterioration of shingles, while increased humidity can contribute to moisture-related issues like mold growth, rot and poor indoor air quality.
Soffits contribute to good ventilation by preventing warm, moist air from entering the attic. One of the best ways to encourage proper airflow in the attic is having soffits outlining the roofline. This method causes air from the soffit to travel to the vents to remove heat and moisture from your indoor space.
Another thing that soffits do is give your home’s exterior a more polished look. They also prevent small animals and pests from using your roofline and gutters as access points to your attic. You don’t want these creatures in your home because they can cause damage to different areas of your house and even affect your indoor air quality.
If you notice signs of damage on your soffits, contact a roofing professional immediately. For high-quality roof repair and replacement services, turn to Dynamic Roofing Concepts, Inc. Call us at (813) 657-7663 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We work with clients in Tampa, FL, and nearby areas.