Here at Get Coastal Exteriors Inc. in Palmetto, FL, we specialize in drain cleaning and the efficient utilization of soffit and fascia. An exterior soffit is located on the span beneath the rafter tails. Fascia is the exposed horizontal band you see at the end of the rafters.
These architectural elements found along the eave area do more than just add visual interest and give a finished look to your home. They help protect the exterior of your house by keeping out pests like bats, birds, and squirrels. They also provide a way to disguise the ventilation of your attic.
The word “soffit” is derived from the French word for “formed as a ceiling” and the Latin term for “to fix underneath.” It is the exposed surface beneath the overhanging section of a roof eave. It can also refer to the horizontal underside of similar architectural structures such as an archway, staircase, or ceiling.
Part of the function of the soffit is to assist in ventilating the attic. The soffit typically features a plain design with small holes that provide air circulation. The air from the soffit cycles to the vents, which draws heat and moisture away from the house. This is a highly important function because moisture in the attic can develop rot in the sheathing and rafters.
The roofing fascia board is another common area that can be damaged and may need to be repaired. Fascia is a vertical finishing edge connected to the ends of the rafters, trusses, or the area where the gutter is attached to the roof.
The primary role of the fascia is to act as a layer between the edge of the roof and the outdoors, and is meant to protect the wooden board against water damage that can occur during certain weather conditions. Aside from its functional role, the fascia also plays a very important aesthetic role since it creates a smoother, more even appearance for the edge of the roof.
In addition to protecting the wooden board from water damage, the fascia protects the entire roof and the interior of the house from weather damage by blocking its entrance to the home. Majority of homes feature a fascia board, but some older styles lack this component.