If you’ve ever bought or sold a home before, you’re probably well aware that the curb appeal of your home can make a big difference in the price you pay or receive at closing. Not only that, but the siding on your home will make a huge difference in the way you feel driving home from work every day or in coming home after picking up the kids.
We have several different options available for you if you’d like to update or replace the siding on your home, and you can see a few of our completed projects by checking our portfolio page.
But, even if you’re familiar with the different kinds of siding available, chances are you haven’t given much thought to soffit and fascia materials. Which is a shame, since you’ve probably seen soffit and fascia on almost every house you’ve ever been in and not known what it was.
What Exactly Is Soffit?
Alright, so when we say soffit, what do we mean, and, more importantly, what does it mean for your home?
Soffit is a French word that means “fixed underneath,” but being a cool word isn’t all it is. Soffit is usually a vinyl or aluminum board that is affixed to your home underneath the overhang between your siding and your roof, although that’s not all it is or where you’ll find it.
Sometimes soffit is made of fiber cement, wood, or steel, and if you don’t find it underneath the overhang of your roof, you might find it under porches, arches, columns, or a flight of stairs.
Soffit’s main purpose is to protect your roof’s rafters from weather, prevent mold buildup, and help mitigate the risk of rotting beams. It also helps keep your home properly ventilated and allows it to breath by allowing your attic or loft to have a regular airflow. That means it’s also helpful for increasing the energy efficiency of your home.
If you’re having problems with the soffit currently installed on your home, we recommend you reach out and get in contact with us to see if we can help you find a solution for you.
Additionally, if you just don’t like the look or material of the soffit installed on your home and want to replace it, we can also help you with that.
Where Does Fascia Fit In?
Alright, we’ve covered soffit, but that still might leave you wanting to know what fascia is and what it means for your home.
Fascia is, like soffit, something you’ve seen dozens of times and probably didn’t know what it was. Usually, fascia is the flat band of material that surrounds the roofing of your house and is where your gutters are normally attached.
Aside from making giving your home a finished, attractive look, fascia helps support the framework of your soffit and allows it to meld seamlessly with your roofing, and there are several different materials you can use for your fascia in order to increase its effectiveness.
Although you can use a traditional wood for your fascia, it is not always the best alternative, so we recommend you try to get a better feel for what you would like by seeing different options before you decide on what you would like for your home. Aluminum, and vinyl are both great options.
Additionally, you can also explore different textures and formats for your home’s fascia, so you don’t have to feel like you’re tied down to one particular visual style.