Contrary to what some homeowners might think, your roof is actually a whole system composed of different parts, each with a different job to do. One component that is often overlooked is the soffit. These are the (generally) horizontal projections that extend underneath the roof. Their main function is to protect your rafters from the elements and to keep moisture away to reduce the chance of mold growth. But they can be subject to issues like the following:
As with all your roofing components, the main enemy and the most common culprit behind problems is water infiltration. The soffit is no different. Since it is basically the paneling that surrounds your home directly underneath your eaves, the main concern is to keep water out.
The best way to keep the soffits in good condition is to ensure that they stay dry. You can do this by making sure that your gutters are clear of any debris. Clogged gutters will spill water onto your soffit, which may lead to rot if not addressed quickly. Whenever you climb up the ladder to clean your gutters, be sure to give your soffit a visual inspection as well.
Another common soffit problem is pest infestation. Since they are located right beside your attic, small rodents and birds tend to make their nests there when the weather turns cold. You can stop them from entering your home by using regularly spaced soffit vents or grilles that are nailed or screwed securely into place.
Whether you’re in need of minor repairs or are looking to upgrade to a more energy-efficient roofing system, you can trust in Roof Masters to get the job done right. Give us a call at (301) 230-7663 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experts, or fill out our online contact form to request a quick quote today.