As a homeowner, you might have heard of the term “soffit”. The word is derived from the French “soffite” and Italian “soffitto”. They in turn were derived from the old Latin “suffixus”, which means “to insert below”.
You might also assume that the roof soffit is just an ordinary part of your home, but having it is actually critical in keeping the internal structure of your roof safe and secure.
How Soffits Work on Your Home
The modern word “soffit” is mainly used as a home improvement term referring to a specific part of a roofing system. A roof soffit is one of the main parts of a well-built roofing system since it serves an essential role in keeping your home’s interiors safe and dry from the uncontrollable weather elements.
Soffits, along with fascia, are traditionally made from materials like wood and aluminum, but there are other options made from synthetic and composite materials. These are more popular because of their ease of maintenance and reliable durability. If you think you need a new soffit and fascia, make sure to hire a roof replacement contractor so it can be installed properly to prevent long-term problems.
Other Tips to Keep in Mind
- It’s important to check your soffit for bee, hornet and wasp nests every once in a while. If you find one, and you’re not sure how to safely remove it, don’t hesitate to call in a professional to do it for you.
- If you find mold and mildew on your soffit, you can clean it with a soft brush or broom along with a cleaning solution made with bleach and water.
Mpact Roofing is there for you whether you need a professional roofing or exterior renovation project done on your home. Call us at (512) 995-7728 or (903) 413-3806. You can also fill out our online contact form.