Soffit and Fascia
Soffit and fascias are finishing components of a roof. Roofs have an overhang called eaves to protect the sides of the building from water or debris damage.
The fascia is the front-facing board found underneath the edge of the roof eaves. They conceal the rafters and protect the roof system from the elements. Many fascias are partially or fully concealed by the gutter system.
Soffit is the underside material between the fascia and the exterior building wall.
These components are very important for preventing rot or instability from occurring within your roof structure. They also make up a subtle but noticeable architectural component in most buildings.
Proper installation of soffit and fascia elements ensures that your building or home not only looks great, but that it will also be protected from damage or deterioration problems down the road.
Soffit must be installed properly to prevent rot or water damage. Many soffit materials use vents to help evaporate moisture and excess heat from the interior of your roof structure.
Common soffit materials include:
- Aluminum — Lightweight, durable, malleable, water resistant, easy to clean and fireproof. This material is favored for many applications because of these qualities. The only real drawback is expense.
- Steel — more durable than aluminum, but heavier at a higher cost.
- Vinyl — The most popular and widely-used soffit choice for residential homes and many commercial buildings. Vinyl is cheap, quick to install, easy to clean, rot resistant and it vents heat and moisture exceptionally well. Vinyl soffit can also come in a large variety of finishes, colors and textures. However, vinyl does not perform well in repeated exposure to intense heat or direct sunlight, which can cause it to discolor or droop.
- Wood — Easy to install, but can be prone to rotting or warping. A great, versatile solution nevertheless. Natural wood grain finishes can have a dramatic, rustic effect on your building’s appearance.
- Fiber cement — A newer option that is costly but offers the combined advantages of vinyl’s breathability with metal’s resistance to heat. Fiber cement can also come in a large variety of finishes, including simulated wood grain.
Fascias are important for the look and durability of a building. Particular care should be taken when gutters will be fastened to the fascia. Fascia options include:
- Vinyl — resistant to rot and wood damage, but not to heat. May also be not as stable for securing a gutter.
- Wood — Inexpensive and sturdy. Will eventually wear out or rot after 10 or more years without regular maintenance, requiring replacement. Excellent for securing gutters.
- Fiber Cement — Easy to maintain, resistant to rot and water, extremely rigid and resistant to heat damage. More expensive than wood or vinyl.
- Laminate — More rot resistant than wood, resists heat, and can be quite sturdy depending on the product used. May still delaminate over time, especially if exposed repeatedly to water.
Nashville Soffit and Fascia Installation or Repair
For such a small percentage of your roof structure, fascias and soffit matter a lot. To help ensure that your fascia or soffit installation will be done in a way that makes it structurally sound and attractive-looking, call in our expert team. We can help you select the right materials for your project, then get it completed quickly and on-budget. Call us today at (615) 794-9111 or fill out our contact form today for a free quote or to get started.