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Understanding the Soffit and Its Role in Your Roofing System

Understanding the Soffit and Its Role in Your Roofing System

Learning about how your roofing system works can help you take care of it better. Your roof has many different components, and each component has a role to play in protecting your home. The soffit is one of those major components.

Understanding the Soffit

The roof soffit covers a roof’s exposed eaves and protects the rafter beams from the effects of bad weather. A missing or damaged soffit exposes your rafters to bad weather, compromising your roofing system. In addition, soffits serve an aesthetic function. They come in different styles and colors so they can also improve your home’s appearance. The soffit also prevents pests from entering and damaging your roof.

The Importance of the Soffit

Keep an eye on the condition of your roof soffit. A damaged soffit will leave your rafters vulnerable to moisture damage. Damaged and rotting rafter beams can be costly and time-consuming to fix. Mold growth is also more likely to occur when water can damage your roofing system. In addition to protecting your rafters, the soffit can add ventilation to your roof and help your building to breathe. A vented soffit can reduce the amount of heat buildup in your attic.

Imagine what would happen if you don’t have vented soffits, and your eaves are sealed tight. In summer, your attic would still draw in heat even though this heat has nowhere to go. In winter, snow will cause moisture to build up in your attic. These problems can end up damaging the sheathing, rafters and other parts of your roofing system.

Superior Roofing is the leading roof repair and replacement company in our local area because of our decades of experience, excellent products and our great customer service. We are also a GAF Master Elite® contractor, allowing us to offer our customers better warranties and products. Our company services many areas, including Phenix City, AL. Call us at (334) 821-8411 in Auburn, AL, (334) 298-5253 in Phenix CIty, AL, or (706) 322-9032 in Columbus, GA.