November 19, 2017
One of the most important structural aspects of a roof--and often the most overlooked--is the soffit. The soffit connexts the roof overhang to the sides of your structure, and can be used under porches, arches or columns, and stairs. Usually the soffit is made of vinyl, but can also be made of other materials like aluminum, wood and steel.
Soffit has both cosmetic and functional purposes. It covers the eaves under your roof and without it rafter beams would be fully exposed. It's an easy way to add color and character to the outside of your home. It also protects your rafters from the elements, which is especially important here in Kansas City where we deal with extreme cold and heat. Exposed rafters can lead to mold buildup and rot, both of which can put the health of your family at risk.
Soffit also helps your home breathe. Most soffits are vented, which allows regular air circulation in your attic. Air flow is extremely important for the health of your entire home. Imagine if your attic had no ventilation. During our brutal Julys and Augusts, your attic would draw in and retain heat as hot air rises. You would not be able to cool your home, and your energy bills would skyrocket. In the subzero temperatures in January and February, snow and rain would lead to moisture buildup and eventually to rotting and mold in your rafters. It is extremely important to cycle heat and moisture away from your house, and soffit allows for this to happen naturally.
Because we live in a climate where sudden high winds can cause rain to be forced under the eaves of our home, the soffit plays an additional role by keeping water out. If the soffit is not maintained, water can collect in these spaces. To keep your soffit operating properly, inspect it once a year when you clean your gutters. Make sure it is well-painted, sealed and caulked.
With a few easy maintenance steps, you can protect your soffit--and your home--for years to come. Many factors can damage your roof and cause it to leak, and our extreme temperatures can make these factors worse. Be sure to have your roof inspected regularly to ensure that all components--including the soffit--are in proper condition.
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