Get to the End of Your Roof: Soffits & Fascia

Get to the End of Your Roof: Soffits & Fascia

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While most people know and can identify their gutter system, an equal number have no idea about the other critical supporting roof components like soffits and fascia. The gutters on your home serve one key purpose — to collect rainwater from the roof and channel it into the downspouts away from your home and foundation. 

At the same time, your gutters are instrumental in reducing property erosion, preventing leaks in basements and crawl spaces, and minimizing water exposure that can damage the siding or paint on your home. However, your gutters don't function on an island. They rely on support from key structures like fascia and soffits. 

And it's important to pay these key structures some attention from time to time. To help you understand the important role soffits and fascia play in your gutter system, let's get to the end of your roof! Continue reading to learn more.

What Is a Fascia?

Fascia are the long boards that run along the lower edge of your roof and behind the gutter system. Fascia affix directly to the rafters of your roof and works to support the gutter system and close off the space between rafters. 

Considering fascia may be visible to people who pass by, many homeowners of older Tudor or Victorian style homes choose to design these components to accent the home and design of the roof.  Oftentimes, base, cove or crown mouldings are added to the fascia.

What Are Soffits? 

The soffits are located underneath the part of the roof that extends past the edge of the home and are connected to the fascia. The soffits work to bridge the gap between the bottom of your gutters and home. The purpose of a soffit is to protect the eaves of your home and offer a clean aesthetic appeal. Soffits also protect the trusses and rafter tails. In areas with high winds, the soffits work to protect the home from water blowing into the house. 

Some soffits are ventilated to allow air to freely flow through and into this space. If your soffits are not ventilated, it has an increased likelihood of condensation forming in the roof void, which is the empty space above your ceiling but underneath the roof. Once condensation begins to form here, the additional moisture can result in a weakened roof structure, mold, mildew and eventually, wood rot. 

What Materials Are Used for Fascia and Soffits? 

Similar to gutters, soffits and fascia can be made from a range of different materials. Gutters can be manufactured from galvanized steel, vinyl, aluminum,  copper, zinc, and more. Soffits are most prevalently manufactured from UPVC and vinyl material, and you can regularly find soffits manufactured from reclaimed and recycled materials. Older homes typically feature soffits made from ¼” laminate wood.  On the other hand, fascia can be manufactured from stone, wood, UPVC (ie. Azek), and other types of non-corrosive material. 

How to Maintain Your Gutters, Soffits, and Fascia 

Whether you've kept your soffits, gutters and facia in good condition, installed new ones, or previously replaced your older ones, it's imperative to pay special attention to these key components. By doing so, you can help them remain in good working order. Use the following tips:

  • Make sure you have your gutters regularly cleaned! When you schedule gutter cleaning at Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island, our team will clean your gutters and ensure all debris, branches, and plant life is removed. 
  • Do NOT allow stagnant debris to remain on your roof for long periods of time.  This organic material will degrade and release higher levels of PH alkalinity affecting the various components of the roof, eaves, fascia and gutters.
  • Remove all gunk, debris, and other items that may clog your gutters.
  • Flush water through the downspouts and gutters. Another component of our professional gutter cleaning service includes flushing water through the system.
  • Choose quality gutter protection. At Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island, we've tested and tried a myriad of different gutter protection products. As a result, we only offer the best gutter protection solutions proven to substantially reduce the number of required cleanings.
  • Schedule to have your roof professionally washed and cleaned at Ned Stevens. We'll use the proper methods, procedures and detergents to safely clean and remove potential hazards from your soffits and fascia.

Protecting Soffits and Fascia by Design 

The soffit and fascia materials on your home support and protect the edge of your roof. At the same time, these key components protect trusses and rafter tails from decaying due to water damage.

And the best defense for fascia, soffits, and the edge of your roof is a seamless gutter system by Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island. Our highly-effective seamless gutter systems involve our experts custom measuring every section to securely fit to your home. The miters and corners of the seamless gutter system should be perfectly handcrafted, which works to reduce gaps created between the fascia board and gutter. Finally not all sealants are created equally!  Ned Stevens only uses the most effective (and expensive) narrow seam sealants proven effective over the past 50 years.

Contact Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island

When it comes to protecting your roof, gutters, soffits, and fascia are your first lines of defense. At Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island, we are your complete gutter cleaning, repair and installation experts. At the same time, we offer a range of power washing, window cleaning, and roof washing services to help keep your home beautiful and in excellent working order. 

Contact Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island today.

Samantha Prairie

Samantha began her career at Ned Stevens in September 2011 as a customer service representative. After a few short years, by demonstrating leadership qualities, hard work and dedication, she moved up to Marketing & Media Supervisor. Samantha has become an expert on all of our services, from gutter cleaning to shrink wrapping and everything in between.