Frequently Asked Questions About Soffit and Fascia

While soffit and fascia are key components to a safe and reliable roof, they are certainly not the most well-known!

In fact, many Canadian homeowners are unfamiliar with these terms until a problem and/or replacement is needed; often caused by water leaks, moisture damage, pests and/or rotting wood.

As these structures play a critical role in the ventilation and efficiency of your home, we highly recommend that homeowners take the time to familiarize themselves with the functions and importance of each roofing structure to ensure that their home is always well-protected.

At T. Simpson Roofing Ltd., we pride ourselves on product education to help our customers get the most out of their residential roofing systems.

To help you understand more about your roof, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about soffit and fascia:

Q: What is a Soffit?
For properties with overhanging eaves or rafters, the soffit would be the horizontal materials fitted right underneath it.

Typically made from painted wood, vinyl or aluminum materials, their main functions are to a) circulate air within the attic space while b) simultaneously protecting the rafters from birds, bugs, animals and the elements.

Positioned just below the fascia to give the roof a “finished” appearance, the vented/perforated soffit also helps to prevent moisture buildup by allowing cool, dry air to enter the attic space and warm, moist air to escape.

Q: Do All Properties Require Soffits?
No. As soffits are designed to “cap off” the exposed areas of overhanging eavestrough, only properties where the eaves or rafters extend past the siding walls will require soffit.

Q: What is Fascia?
Fascia boards (also referred to as “transition trim”) are the flat, horizontal panels that run along the edge of your roof’s overhang.

Located above the soffit and between the home and roofline, the fascia board not only gives your roof a “finished” aesthetic, but they also provide a platform for your eavestrough or rain gutters to anchor to.

Typically made from painted wood, aluminum or vinyl materials, these residential fascia panels play an important role in protecting the rafters, supporting the roofing shingles and preventing the risk of moisture from entering the attic.

Q: What are the Best Materials for Soffits and Fascia?

In today’s market, vinyl and aluminum are the most commonly sought-after materials used for residential soffit and fascia.

When deciding between these two materials, here are some guide tips to help you decide:

– Vinyl soffit and fascia are extremely low maintenance, high-performing and available in a variety of colours and textures.

– Aluminum soffit and fascia are available in regular and heavy gauge variations for long-term performance and aesthetic-appeal.

At T. Simpson Roofing, we offer both vinyl and aluminum options to best complement your personal style, budget and structural needs.

Q: How Often Should Soffit and Fascia be Maintained?
While the modern materials used for soffit and fascia are virtually maintenance-free, we highly recommend cleaning your entire eavestrough system twice a year to prevent the harmful buildup of dirt, leaves and/or debris.

As clogged gutters can lead to water leaks, moisture damage and mold, we recommend a professional roof inspection every Spring and Fall to ensure that your roofing system is always performing as it should.

Q: Is it OK to Pressure Wash Soffit and Fascia?

While it is safe to clean your soffit and fascia using a pressure washer, we recommend that you avoid using too high of a pressure setting around your attic as any water leakage could potentially cause moisture damage and mold.

Q: Can You Paint Aluminum Soffits?
With a non-porous surface, aluminum soffits are not able to hold paint the same way wooden materials might be able to.

In the case where you do wish to paint your residential soffits, we recommend treating them with an acidic primer for metal surfaces in advance.

Q: Why Would I Want to Replace my Soffits?
From age and deterioration to an update in style, there are a number of reasons you may want to upgrade your soffit and fascia for energy-efficient upgrades!

If you are thinking about replacing your soffit and/or fascia, here are a few signs that it might be time:

– Visible Cracks/Damage
– Water Damage/Leaks
– Peeling Paint
– Discolouration
– Evidence of Pests or Small Animals
– Roof has Insufficient Ventilation

Q: What is the most common problem with soffit and fascia?
The most common problem with residential soffit and fascia replacements is an improper/unprofessional installation process.

To ensure the efficiency and reliability of your replacement materials, we highly recommend working with a professional roofing company.

Q: Will I Be Able to Find New Soffit and Fascia to Match My Home?
Yes – we offer an industry-leading selection of colours and styles to best suit the needs and style of your home.

Q: After Removing Old Soffit and Fascia, Will You Dispose of The Scrap Metal?
Yes – our teams are committed to a thorough cleanup where any discarded materials will be carefully removed, recycled and disposed of.

At T. Simpson Roofing Ltd, we are committed to service you can rely on.

Q: How Can I Get An Estimate For Replacing My Soffit and Fascia?
If you are interested in learning more about your residential soffit and fascia options, our trained professionals are happy to help!

Click here or call 1-800-925-3044 for a FREE, no-obligation quote.

T. Simpson

Originally founded by a 16-year-old Tony Simpson as a way of acquiring funds to help pay his way through university, T. Simpson Roofing, propelled by Tony’s strong work ethic and commitment to delivering quality work and unbeatable customer service, quickly grew into a thriving business.

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