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You’re reading this, so you might probably be aware of the merits of maintaining your roof and the costs of ignoring it. That said, some parts of the roof still get ignored even in an age where countless articles are protesting otherwise. Two of these parts are the soffit and the fascia.

If they’re forgettable, they must be unimportant, right? You couldn’t be further from the truth. Century Roofing and Siding, your top roof repair contractor in the area, explains more below.

What Are Soffits and Fascias?

Most people think that these parts of the roof are merely decorative. While this is partly true, they have a more functional purpose. Soffits help ventilate your attic—and by extension your roof—while fascias keep leaks out.

Soffits are found underneath a roof eave. When you’re outside your house and look up from beneath the roof, the (usually) wooden board fixed underneath the roof is the soffit. You may also find it riddled with holes or vents—this is because it can cycle air in and out of the attic.

On the other hand, fascias are vertical boards attached to the ends of the rafters or roofing trusses. They keep water and air out by acting as a seal. Fascias are important as well because they’re where gutters are attached to, which means the fascia should be sturdy enough to support its weight.

Soffit and Fascia Damage: What It Means

Soffits and fascias are damaged because of the cycle of water and sun exposure, especially because these components are made of wood. This cycle may cause crumbling boards and dry rot as well. Plus, vermin like rats and squirrels may make their home in these components, which can cause more physical damage to the system.

Damage to soffits and fascias threatens the structural integrity of your roof and your home. They may allow leaks into your system, whether water or air. Any leakage means compromised insulation, which will only increase your energy consumption.

Century Roofing and Siding is your trusted roofing contractor in the area. To see the difference, can contact us today at (613) 738-1774 or fill out our contact form. We serve Nepean, ON, and the surrounding areas.