Does Your Home Really Need Soffits?

Soffits are installed directly underneath the eaves of your roof. They add visual interest to your home and also make it look more finished. However, their function is not purely decorative. Soffits actually perform vital functions that help protect your home.


Why Are Soffits Important?

Think of your soffit as the skin that covers your eaves. Without it, your rafter beams will be fully exposed. Soffits come in a variety of styles and colors that can give your house extra character. But they also serve a more utilitarian purpose.

In climates where strong winds are common, they prevent wind-driven rain from penetrating under the eaves and into your house. This wards off mold and rot issues which can be very costly to fix. Also, soffits help your roof “breathe.” Many soffits are manufactured with vents that provide air circulation to your attic.

Soffit Issues to Watch out For

Like the rest of your home’s exterior, the soffits are not impervious to damage. Their strategic location makes them a prime target for water damage, rot and mold, which is why they should be given as much attention during routine inspections as the rest of your roofing system. Outside of the inspection period, make sure to watch out for any of these issues:

  • Damaged or clogged gutters

  • Water being forced inward as a result of ice dams

  • Physical damage, such as gaps, holes or signs of separation from the eaves

Since 1979, Winfield Builders has been providing homeowners throughout Maryland with top-notch home exterior services. Whether you need a single window replaced or are gearing up for a roof installation project, our experts are here to help. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (410) 401-5045. Alternatively, you may fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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