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Fascia and Soffit: What Are They and Why Do I Need Them?
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Fascia and Soffit: What Are They and Why Do I Need Them?

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Fascia and soffits are sometimes forgotten when it comes to roofing, yet they are an important component that must be maintained. They both have a role in lowering your roof/home maintenance costs. For this, you need to know what fascia and soffits are and how they benefit your home. 

What are Fascias?

The fascia is part of the roof which is placed at the spot where the roof meets an outer wall, otherwise known as the roofline. Fascia, also known as fascia boards, are long, straight boards that run down the bottom edge of the roof and are attached to the trusses directly. Fascias support the guttering as well as the last row of tiles or other roofing material.

What are Soffits?

Soffits are usually utilised in the main roofing area, but they can also be found under porches and even under stairwells. They are commonly made of uPVC since it is durable and can withstand harsh weather.

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Why do I need Fascia and Soffits?

Ventilation

Fascia and Soffits work together to provide ventilation as hot air can get built up over time. Vent systems can be installed in your fascia and soffit to allow hot air to leave and be replaced by cooler fresh air. When a lot of hot air builds up within your house, it can cause your roof to overheat, which can lead to condensation damage. A lack of ventilation can lead to the growth of mould and mildew in your attic space, as well as wood rot in your wooden beams.

Sealing your roof

Fascia and soffits serve as the final barrier between your home’s interior and the outside world. The feet of your roof rafters will be protected from the weather by a well-installed fascia and soffit. As a result, you won’t have to worry about moisture-related issues like wood rot and mould. It also keeps birds, rats, and insects out of your attic or roof void, where they can make their nests.

Aesthetics

Fascia and soffits can be painted white for a more neutral impression or treated in a variety of finishes and colours to match the architectural design of your home. Fascia and soffit are most commonly made of uPVC since it is nearly maintenance free, but they are also available in other materials such as wood if you like a more classic aesthetic.

For more information about Guttering, Fascias and Soffits, contact our friendly team on 01234 854 690 who will offer expert advice and service. 

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