Some homeowners might think that the roof is a single structure. The truth is, it’s made of many individual components that all play a key role in the structure’s overall function. One such component is the soffits, and, though they don’t get quite the same attention as shingles, they are just as important nonetheless.
The Roof’s Underbelly
The soffit is the part of the roof that’s located between the roof eaves and is often called the underbelly of the roof. This is where the fascia and gutters are directly connected to the wall and are a common feature on roofs that have overhanging edges.
What Does It Do?
The main role of the soffit is to provide ‘natural’ ventilation for your attic, essentially preventing humid air from entering and circulating indoors. The way the soffit is lined throughout the roof means that the circulating air flows evenly throughout the attic and the rest of the house instead of just in one spot.
As with all of the other components of the roof, the soffit can be made from different materials. Cedar is vulnerable to water and moisture damage so it is rare to see soffits made entirely of wood. Aluminum, vinyl and other composite materials, however, are the new standard for soffits. Not only are these more resilient, but they require less upkeep, too. That said, it’s still vital that you keep the boards well-sealed and caulked, and ensure that the gutters are clean and clog-free.
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