When you’re getting some work done on your roofing, whether it’s a minor patch-up job or a full replacement, it’s not unusual to discuss the details about different parts of your roof. Often these discussions cover the type of roofing material you want as well as the construction of the deck that supports it. However, it’s important to give the other details in your roof some attention whenever possible.
One of the often overlooked yet essential parts of a roofing system is the soffit. Any roofing system with overhanging eaves will likely have a soffit to help complete its look. Read on as our professionals at D & M Roofing explain what this essential roofing detail is and what it does for your home.
What Is a Soffit?
Soffit comes from a French word that means “fixed underneath.” Your roofing contractor will usually use soffit boards to cover exposed eaves. This is often done as a finishing touch to help protect the underside of the roof and give it a more polished appearance. Soffits are a normal part of any roofing system. In fact, you can probably spot them on your own roof if you take a look.
Why Soffits Are Important
Aside from their aesthetic benefits, soffits actually fill a more functional role. Soffits are where roof vents are often installed. These roof vents help promote airflow throughout the whole roof, reducing the humidity in your attic and protecting the vulnerable trusses and rafters from moisture-related damage. Soffit vents are usually used in tandem with gable or ridge vents to really maximize ventilation.
Types of Soffits
Soffits offered by your roofing company will often come in either aluminum or vinyl. Other materials are available but these two are the most used. Vinyl is the more affordable option and is great at insulating the attic, but they are prone to many problems like heat and discoloration. Aluminum is more durable than vinyl, but also more expensive.
Our experienced roofers at D & M Roofing can help you find the right soffits for your roof. Give us a call at (330) 852-3800 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate on roof repair or replacement today. We serve homeowners in Akron and Canton, OH.