Do I need soffit and fascia?

soffit & fascia along roof

Soffit & Fascia

Yes, if you want your roof to be attached to the house, the soffits and fascia on a house are an important part of that component. After this brief explanation in the next two paragraphs, keep reading for more information about soffit & fascia, and what do soffits and fascias do. 

Without the fascia part of soffit & fascia, the roof wouldn’t be connected at the rafters and it there would be open space from the outside into the attic. Does your home have a gutter system? Without fascia boards, there wouldn’t be any way to fasten the gutters to the house. 

Okay, so that makes sense, but what about the soffit part of soffit & fascia? Without the soffit, there would be a missing part of the architectural elements across the eaves. However, the more important function of the soffit is  providing the rafters protection from the elements by keeping moisture away. Without the soffit, which is connected to fascia, the ends of the rafters would absorb moisture. Moisture leads to mildew and mold, and that leads to wood rot and destruction. So, yes, your house needs soffit & fascia! 

What goes on first fascia or soffit?

If you’re upgrading your home’s exterior with new siding, the soffit & fascia should be upgraded at the same time to match. As to when it comes to soffits and fascia installation, is the soffit and fascia or siding first? The soffit is the determining factor of the corner post positioning inside and outside the structure. Most contractors will install the J-channel first, then soffit, and the fascia last.

Does roof replacement include fascia?

Usually, yes, because the fascia is important to the roof’s health as a protecting component to the elements. As the roof ages and weathers, so do the fascia as it protects the siding or wooden boards. The fascia is that finishing edge that runs vertically and connects the roof to the rafters and trusses. It caps off the horizontal rafter boards and is where gutters are attached. 

Can you save money on a roofing job by declining the fascia to be replaced during a roofing job? Yes, it is your house, and if the fascia is present and the roofer can complete the roofing job without replacing the soffit & fascia, there is no logical reason to replace the fascia. However, it could be costing you money with a cool and heating bill if it is in poor condition. 

Do I need to vent my soffits?

A soffit vent is installed to the eaves’ underside and permits fresh air from the outside to be pulled into the attic.  Attic ventilation is important for several reasons regardless if your home is located in the colder northern states or the deep, humid southern states. Here is a list of why attic ventilation is important:

  • When the outside temperature is hot because of the sun shining on the roof, the attic temperature increases, this heat exposure can warp the roof decking and sheathing and age the shingles prematurely. 
  • Without proper ventilation in the attic and inadequate, uneven insulation in the attic floor, that heat from the rooftop radiates into the living areas of your house. This makes cooling and heating work harder to keep the living area comfortable.
  • When the temperature drops below freezing during the winter, the warm air you’ve paid to heat your home escapes into the attic and under the roof deck, warming it. As the decking warms up, accumulated ice or snow begins to melt from the bottom, creating trickles of water that run off the roof. 

When that trickling water reaches the outer roof edge where it’s cold, it refreezes into ice. This creates an ice dam along the eaves, which block any more trickling water, and with nowhere to go, it backs up under the shingles. 

Soffit and roof ventilation keep all this from happening. They are the roof’s defense against ice dams. 

  • As your roof heats up from the living area or the sun, the coolness in the attic condenses into a liquid as it meets the colder surfaces, creating moisture. Over time, moisture deteriorates the roof system, the house’s structural elements and can ruin the insulation. When the attic is warm, mildew, and mold and then flourish and spread, putting more strain on the cooling system, increasing your utility bills. 

Is it OK to pressure wash soffits and fascia? 

Just like the siding and roofing on your home get dirty, the soffit & fascia do too. The soffit can be cleaned using a soft pressure wash with a low-pressure nozzle. As the homeowner, you can do this yourself, but hiring a professional experienced with soffit & fascia cleaning would eliminate possible catastrophe, or if there are any issues, it would be on them, not you repair or replace anything damaged on your home. 

vented soffit

How do you clean soffits and fascia?

If you do intend to do the job yourself, a few pieces of advice and pointers:

  • The water pressure cannot be at a hard blasting strength. 
  • Use a proper height ladder, securing it to the house and clime with care.
  • Caution on slippery surfaces like the ladder rungs.
  • Watch for falling debris.

As we mentioned in this piece, the soffit & fascia may seem to be nothing more than decorative finishing touches, but both serve a valuable purpose to your home. Your home will stand, and the roof will remain with the soffit & fascia, but the attic would be open to all the creatures and critters that could climb on the roof. Call 281-300-4363 today for your soffit and fascia needs in Houston, TX.