As a homeowner, you know all about siding, gutters, windows, and doors, and you keep an eye on them and their condition. But what about your home’s soffit and fascia? As smaller components of your overall home’s exterior, you may be overlooking what they are, what they do, and what condition they are in. We break down the details of these sometimes-overlooked exterior home components.
What it is: The exposed siding underneath your roof’s overhang is where the soffit is at. While it is not always visible from the road and part of your curb appeal, it can be seen when guests are in your yard and around your home.
What it does: It provides venting and airflow between your roof and attic, which prevents moisture from building up and allowing the creation of mold in your home. The venting also helps cool off your attic in the hot summer months and prevent ice dams in the winter on your roof deck. It can serve as a barrier to prevent insects and stinging bugs from squeezing into your home.
Keep an eye on: If you have a lot of insects creeping in your home, there may be cracks or holes in your soffit. Also, make sure there are no visible nests tucked away in these areas as well. If you do notice some mildew or mold, use a mix of bleach and water along with a soft brush or broom to clean it away.
What it is: This works in conjunction with your soffit as it is the siding that is above it and where your gutters are placed. It is visible and part of your curb appeal.
What it does: While you may think it is undercover, the fascia does peek through and can bring down the overall look of your home. It is also a vital foundation to keep your gutters in place and is an important area to your roof’s edge and bottom row of shingles.
Keep an eye on: Clean gutters are vital so that water does not build up and spill over onto your fascia and cause permanent damage.
At Berg Home Improvements, we have decades of hands-on expertise on all types of exterior projects, including windows, doors, siding, roofing, gutters and fascia, and soffit. Our team offers several options of aluminum fascia and soffit that is easier to take care of and maintain for years to come. These smaller components can be assessed, reviewed, and updated when you are having your siding replaced or inspected. Customers often want the siding to match these areas or be in contrast, such as bright white fascia and soffit with a gray or tan siding.
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