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Soffit And Fascia - Don’t Know What They are? You’re Not Alone
Both soffits and fascia are crucial to the performance of your home's exterior. They provide protection and add a pleasing aesthetic look to your home. They should not be forgotten about when thinking about building or maintaining your roof. If you're thinking about replacing old Soffits and Fascia in Winnipeg, we would be happy to help.
ABOUT SOFFITS & FASCIA
Why consider soffits and fascia
Many elements go into a roof package. In addition to tiles, other parts are equally important for a properly functioning roof. Soffits and fascia may be lesser known, but they are important structural and aesthetic components of your roof. These components need to be maintained and looked after as much as any other part of your home's exterior.
Many people are not too familiar with the terms soffit and fascia and can be easy to confuse as they are very often installed and repaired together. However, soffit and fascia are very separate parts with different purposes.
The soffit board is the part under the roof eaves that connects the main walls of the house to the roof. You can usually see this part of the roofing from the ground level. The word translates from French to mean, “something fixed underneath.” It’s most basic function is to facilitate and improve air circulation and ventilation. It has small holes or slits to let air through to the house and prevent mold and mildew from accumulating.
Without proper ventilation, our daily activities such as showering, cooking, and washing would cause moisture to accumulate and cause issues associated with dampness.
Soffit can be made from a range of different materials, however at Del's we only use Aluminum as it is the most popular choice and is much less prone to cracking and chipping. Aluminum is highly water-resistant, great for our wet Winnipeg winter and spring. Wood gives a natural and warm feel but typically has a shorter lifespan.
The fascia is the parallel board running along the length of the roofline and where the gutters are attached. It’s placed where the roof meets the outer wall and acts as a barrier between the roof edges and outside elements. It supports the gutters and last row of tiles or other roofing material. This is by no means a small feat. Huge amounts of water can be pouring into the gutters during heavy rain, and your fascia needs to be strong and healthy to hold this weight.
Fascia can be made from a variety of materials including wood, uPVC, and aluminum. Wood is still most common, but will need to be replaced more often. Aluminum is a great choice as it is the strongest material available.
Both soffits and fascia are crucial to the performance of your home's exterior. They provide protection and add a pleasing aesthetic look to your home. They should not be forgotten about when thinking about building or maintaining your roof. If you see signs of paint cracking, ventilation issues, leaks, or unwanted pests, you should make sure to have your soffit and fascia checked.
If you require roofing repairs, replacement, or installation, call Del’s Exterior today.
Eavestrough & Downspouts
Cleaning and maintaining gutters is a chore that homeowners love to hate. This weekend task is crucial to keeping your home free from invading water. Gutters and downspouts are the home's silent heroes. Having a proper channel for water to run off the roof and away from the property will ensure your home is dry and damage-free.
The gutter (or eavestrough) is a pipe that attaches to your home's fascia board, running along the roofline. Gutter systems will usually be sloped downward to the corners of the roof to ensure the rain or melting snow will flow downhill.
The downspout is a piece of pipe that runs vertically along the side of the house and attached to the gutter. The bottom end is bent outward, standing several inches above the ground and channeling water away from the house.
Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned at least twice a year to get rid of built up debris and any itsy-bitsy spiders. This will help to remove materials blocking the flow of water, and detect any leaks, cracks, and other drainage problems. If a gutter or downspout has been repaired recently, the caulking must be checked to ensure it is still intact.
Gutters can be made from multiple material types such as copper, steel, or uPVC, but aluminum is the most common. As aluminum is a lightweight metal, regular checks for dents from falling branches or other factors are essential to ensure there are no blockages or cracking.
Without properly functioning gutters and downspouts, water running off the roof can accumulate right next to the house and seep into the basement. A poorly functioning gutter or downspout can cause paint to peel, soil erosion, and damage to siding. The risk isn’t just water leaking in your basement or a bit of paint peeling. In extreme circumstances, the structural integrity of the home's foundation can become compromised, and that’s not a conversation you want to have!
No matter how new or old your gutter and downspouts are, they require regular checkups to ensure they function properly. If you take care of them, they will take care of you. Call Del’s Exteriors today for more information on gutters, downspouts, repairs, and installation.