What is Soffit Board
The fundamental mission of the soffit board is to protect the roof rafters from the elements. Its use and positioning ensure moisture is kept away from the rafters to reduce the chance of mold, and helps preserve the life of the roofing materials.
A soffit also provides ventilation in your home as it covers the underside of your roof, therefore becoming a part of your attic space. Surprisingly, heat can build up inside an attic over time, both from the energy rising within the house and sunlight.
So, the soffit board provides essential protection and ventilation. Plus, Aesthetically, soffit is an easy way to add character and Kerb appeal.
When should I replace my soffit boards?
The following are just a few of many signs that it’s time to get some advice from a trusted roofing professional to check out your roof:
- Soft patches in wood or rot or holes
- Crackled and flaking paint is a general sign of age
- Water in the roof void, which proves something is leaking
- Evidence of condensation
- Lack of ventilation
- Evidence of birds or rodents; smaller animals like mice, rats, and squirrels can enter the roof space from the smallest opening
- Evidence of asbestos used in existing fascia and soffits, which is a sign you need a specialist to investigate the construction
Can you repair damaged Soffits?
If an existing wooden soffit is in good shape, then it is safe to cover it with aluminum or vinyl material. Meaning, it is not always necessary to remove the old soffits as long as they are in good shape and you can allow airflow to provide adequate ventilation.
You can also remove damaged panels to carry out repairs and replace them with a soffit board. Many homeowners choose to cover up soffit problems with maintenance-free aluminum. The paint on aluminum soffits doesn’t peel and the metal won’t corrode or rot, so it’s a popular choice.
What is the Cost & materials of soffit Boards?
Choosing the best material for soffits depends on what type of property you have and the look you want to achieve. There are a number of options to choose from Wood, Vinyl, Aluminum, and Fiber Cement.
On average, if you have a typical home, you should expect to pay about £100 per meter to fit new fascias, soffits, and guttering. So, the price is very much dependant on the size of your home and what work is required.
If you need any more information on Chorley Rooftech’s Soffit & fascia service please contact us for some free advice!