Soffits are typically located between the roof’s eaves where the fascia and gutters are attached to the wall. They are a crucial part of your home, so you must make sure it is properly installed and maintained. In this post, Woodbridge Home Exteriors — one of the area’s top siding companies — shares more information about soffits.
Soffits basically provide passive ventilation for your attic. They keep the warm moisture in the air from mixing with your attic air and creating mold. Due to this function, soffits are usually among the most effective ways to ventilate an attic. And because they draw heat and moisture away from your home, they are also quite instrumental in preventing roof rot and poor indoor air quality.
Types of Soffits
Similar to window replacement where you have different window styles to choose from, soffit installation also involves selecting the right type of soffit to use for your home. Soffits can be made from materials like wood, aluminum and vinyl. They can also be vented or non-vented. Vented soffit panels are ideal for wider eaves and smaller attic space, while non-vented or continuous soffits work best with narrow eaves and larger attic space.
The level of maintenance required by soffits may depend on the material. For instance, vinyl soffits are known for being low-maintenance provided that they have been installed correctly. Here are a few ways you can keep your soffits in good shape:
Keep the soffit well-sealed and caulked
Clean your gutters regularly
Ensure the correct size of gutters
Remove mildew on soffits using a soft brush and a solution of bleach and water
Check the soffits for bee, hornet, or wasp nests
Woodbridge Home Exteriors is a multi-awarded home improvement company that specializes in replacement windows, siding, doors, soffits, and fascia. We carry out projects to a high standard, ensuring value for your money. Call us at (800) 728-3502 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.