Homeowner Education: Soffit & Fascia

Homeowner Education: Soffit & Fascia

On this release of our homeowner education series we focus on some very important pieces to your roof & home’s structural integrity and health. Soffit & fascia are somewhat forgotten parts to a roof’s anatomy – unless you are previously versed in the structure of the roof. They often are misunderstood, confused, and mistaken for one another by most homeowners. This Homeowner Education: Soffit & Fascia we look at what these are, the difference between the two, and what they do for your home. Both definitions we will be taking a look at are from Wikipedia to give you the most clinical idea of the pieces.

Soffit – “is an exterior or interior architectural feature, generally the underside of any construction element. A structure to fill the space between the ceiling and the top of cabinets mounted on the wall is called a soffit, as is the material connecting an exterior wall to the edge of the roof under the eaves.” [Source: Wikipedia]


Fascia – “is an architectural term for a vertical frieze or band under a roof edge, or which forms the outer surface of a cornice, visible to an observer. … The finished surface below the fascia and rafters is called the soffit or eave.” – [Source: Wikipedia]

Soffit is what helps your roof protect against mold/rot and excess moisture getting into different components, it seals the entryway into the attic. Fascia also provides protection against moisture but in different areas – mostly where the roofline meets. The two pieces are different in placement, shape, and way it functions – but they effectively have the same purpose.

We just touched on how Soffit and Fascia share characteristics of moisture protection but they also have two other majorly important uses – attic security and ventilation. Your attic can be a very attractive place for little critters and insects and without proper protection on your structure to keep them out, they will usually find a way into the warmth. The ventilation of your attic is tied into the moisture protection but it also helps your roof, attic, and home breathe properly. A properly installed roof including an attic that is properly sealed off with soffit and fascia will ensure you have no temperature control issues or pest problems for some time to come.

Do you notice some damage to your soffit and fascia? Is your siding peeling off is some areas? Or is your roof looking a little rough? Just give us a call! We are experts in identifying the various damages and different problem areas on your home’s structure and are veterans at working with insurance company’s to get your home covered. Call us today to set up an appointment for a Solution Specialist to come out to your home today!