When should I replace my soffits and fascias?

What is the fascia and soffit?

Upon getting into roofing or becoming a homeowner, you would likely be acquainted with parts of your home that are lesser known. Soffit and fascia are two such parts of your roof that are not as well known as say shingles or gutters. The soffit of a structure is the boards that make up the underside of an overhanging eave or underneath the rafter tails. Fascia is the flat material or board that faces outwardly from the home at the edge of the roof and where the gutters are generally installed. The primary purpose your fascia serves is to keep moisture from going into your roof by sealing the edges. Furthermore, they can accentuate the appearance of your home by matching the color of the homeowner’s choosing and enhancing the overall aesthetic. The soffit is similar in purpose, covering the underside of your roof with boards that prevent one from seeing the rafter beams inside a home or structure’s attic. As a side note, a vent can be added here to help circulate the roof without having much if any moisture enters inside. Both in essence help to fulfill the general appearance of the home by completing the overall look while keeping moisture out of areas that would be damaging on the interior.

When deciding on replacing both parts, one must take into account whether the issues can be repaired or if they have destroyed either part far enough that they need a replacement. For reliable service on these parts of your home in Augusta, GA, trust Raborns Roofing & Restorations with our fascia and soffit repair service with one call to  (706) 814-3207 to schedule an appointment.

Is fascia board necessary?

As mentioned, a fascia or fascia board serves to protect the interior of the roof from moisture that can lead to problems that will degrade its integrity. At the same time, while it can be used aesthetically, it is also a location where gutters are hung from the home to help with rain and snow/ice water. Gutters offer the specific purpose of both to designate rainwater to a specific spot on the property and avoid erosion around the property. 

An issue of fascia boards can be seen when they rot either late in their working lifespan or after a heavy rainfall. There are a few reasons that a fascia board of any material would show signs of rust or rot and that is due to:

  • Compromise in structural integrity around the fascia
  • Poor installation of the board
  • Gutter overflow 
  • Gutters were improperly installed

While you can fix fascia boards with a light amount of rot, it is best to replace them with the damage is heavier. At this point, a good question to ask is what material you would want as a replacement for your fascia board. Several kinds of wood do the trick of naturally resisting moisture such as cedar and redwood. While painting on any wood type adds an extra layer of resistance, these two popular options have proven to be highly effective. Another option that is highly effective and long-lasting is aluminum instead of wood. Customers often lean on one of the three when deciding on their soffit and fascia.

Why does water leak from soffits behind gutters?

Upon looking outside on a rainy day in an area under one of your home’s arches, you discover that a leak is not coming from your gutter, but from your soffits. This can be a problem, not just because you have a leak, but because it can cause damage to the interior of your roof. The unfortunate part of this situation is that the leak could be coming from one or several places: 

  • Compromised roofing
  • Rotting or poorly installed fascia
  • Leaking pipe on the interior of your roof

Upon finding this issue, there are two options a person has to resolve. The first would be to venture into the attic and examine if the leak can be located on any part of the underside of your roof. The other option is to examine your fascia. Either way, there will need to be an occasion where the soffit and fascia are removed to check for damages that would rot that part of the roof. Just like in fascia, soffit will need to be replaced when excessive rotting is found. Rotted wood breaks easier and degrades far faster than materials that are in good condition. When you find either has rotted and problems such as leaking occur constantly, it may be time for both to be replaced.

How do you clean house fascia?

While many aspects of roofing services can be difficult, cleaning your soffit and fascia have far simpler methods of cleaning. Fascia boards for example can be cleaned with regular dish soap, water, a sponge, and a latter. While much of it is by hand, the result will be a far cleaner part of your home than it was before. The soffit can be similarly cleaned, wiping down the surface with a duster or cloth due to the general build up of insects and arachnids in the corners of that area. It is not recommended a person use a power washer for either area unless they set it on a low setting. The reason being that if the pressure were to disturb either, both could experience several results that can lead to the rotting of those parts. For all of your roofing services in Augusta, GA, call Raborns Roofing & Restorations at (706) 814-3207 for all of your soffit and fascia services.