Most homeowners know where a gutter is located but not what supports it. In a similar way, most only think about how to keep water from seeping into your home but aren’t familiar with the importance of airflow in the prevention of interior moisture damage. As such, it isn’t a surprise that most are not familiar with fascia boards and soffits, two relatively unknown but important parts of your roof.
Mobley Brothers Roofing & Restoration, one of the top roofing contractors in the state, elaborates on the essential functions of these two roofing components.
It’s easy to locate the fascia boards; all you have to do is look for the long, straight board that your gutter system is attached to. Fascia boards provide support to your gutter systems, which isn’t an easy task considering the weight and speed of rainwater flowing down your gutters during a downpour.
Fascia boards also prevent small animals from entering the underside of your roof. Birds and rodents, in particular, prefer making their nests in your roof and gutters because of the shelter they provide against the elements. And they can get in by making holes in the fascia board. That’s why you should have a roofing company conduct routine inspections on your fascia board.
A compromised fascia board can damage your gutters which can, in turn, lead to moisture damage from runoff rainwater.
Soffit boards, located under the fascia boards, have small holes that allow air through the bottom part of your roof. By increasing the airflow in that section, soffits prevent moisture from accumulating and forming condensation, which heightens the risk of timber decay.
Fascia and Soffit boards help keep your roof in good working condition by diverting moisture and rainwater away. Given the role they play in protecting your roof, it’s recommended that you only hire a certified roofing company or contractor to inspect and maintain it.
Mobley Brothers Roofing & Restoration is a certified GAF Master Elite® contractor with an A-plus rating from the Better Business Bureau. To get a free estimate, call (865) 444-6060 or (615) 645-4500 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Lebanon and Knoxville, TN.