Commonly homeowners don’t know what a fascia or soffit is on their home. A fascia provides a layer of strength to help stabilize the gutter. It also allows a place for the soffit to attach and close off the attic space. Soffits are also vented which prevents winter ice, water from entering the home, and keeps the home cooler in the summer months. Open rafters with no fascia often allow for insects and animals to find their way into your home. It is best to have a fascia installed on your home. If you do not have a fascia installed and one is not possible to add, another option is available. You can build out a overhang instead, install a fascia on the overhang, and then install gutters. To keep your house in best condition check your fascia regularly to make sure no water, pests, or air is entering your home. If any of these are occuring, we are here to help and are the best installers in the las vegas area.
Fascia can be found on most of today’s modern homes. However, older colonial or victorian homes with ornate rafter tails will not have fascia boards. These older homes were originally created without fascia because it was believed that the big roof overhangs, created by these ornate rafter tails, were adequately large enough to repel water far enough away from the foundation of the home. Although this is often the belief, it is not always true. Water can still find a way back into the foundation of your home. This water can also damage siding, paint, windows, and doors. Pests can also get in your home this way.
If your home’s fascia is damaged, rotted, or missing completely, we recommended that this is fixed. American Builders can repair or we can replace the fascia completely, depending on the severity of damage. It is often difficult to tell if the fascia is rotted without first removing the gutter itself. However, if water has been running between the fascia and gutter for some time, then there is a high probability of rotted fascia. A rotted fascia board cannot properly support a gutter system designed to withstand the heavy snow accumulations.
What is a soffit and why is it important? The soffit is basically, any finishing material, such as wood or fiber cement, that is installed to cover the underside of your roof overhang. Usually a soffit is made of wood, vinyl or aluminum that extends from the bottom of the fascia to the top piece of your wall board. Together, they protect the rafters from weather, moisture, and allow air to flow through soffits and vents. Airflow is important in the enclosed attic space to keep the temperatures equal. Heat builds up inside of attics over time, both from the sun beating down on the house, and from the energy rising within. If this heat isn’t given proper ventilation or air flow, it can cause your roof to become superheated. This, in turn, can lead to the shingles breaking down more quickly, and the formation of ice dams in the winter, which can cause water leaks. An overheated attic also leads to higher energy bills in the living areas as well. Ventilation is also important for helping to keep humidity levels in your attic down. Without proper ventilation through your soffit, humidity could build, causing problems such as mold, mildew, and wood rot.
If your home’s soffit needs to be replaced or you do not have soffit, we can install it for you. We take pride in what we do and we are the best soffit installers in the las vegas area.
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