Quick quiz! Do you know what soffits are, and why they matter?
If you’re like many homeowners, you might not know the answers—but you should. Soffits are the areas between the outer walls of your house and the overhang of your roof.
Here’s why they’re important to the maintenance and overall look of your home:
Increase attic ventilation
With soffit vents, you can improve the ventilation in your attic. This will keep your home cooler in the summer, reducing your air conditioning costs. It can also help prevent mildew buildup, wood rot and roofing material failure.
Protect your home from rain
In rainy weather, high winds can cause water to swirl up under the eaves. Soffits keep water from blowing into your house.
Keep pests away
Soffits help keep out unwanted guests, like squirrels, birds and bats.
Make your home look more attractive
Soffits aren’t just functional. They also make your home look more cohesive and polished. Choose soffits that match your exterior paint or pick a complementary color.
Homeowners now have several options for soffit materials. While soffits have traditionally been made from aluminum and wood, you can also consider synthetic materials like vinyl and UPVC for durability and easy maintenance. Call a pro to make sure your soffits are properly installed and waterproofed, and make sure to clean your gutters regularly to prevent damage to your soffits.