Fascias and Soffits
There are many different parts that make up a roof. We understand that it can be overwhelming, especially the parts that are less commonly talked about! Our experts will be happy to assist you with thorough explanations of everything that you need to consider and will help you to reach a decision.
What is a Fascia?
The fascia within roofing is a straight, long board that connects at the roofline of your house. This is the point where the outer walls of the house meet the roof, and it is at this point that the fascia board is fixed. Its role is to support the weight of the lower edge of the bottom tiles on your roof. Guttering is also fixed along the fascia board, so you can see how important it is that the fascia of your home is strong, sturdy and able to cope with all weathers.
What is a Soffit?
The underside of any building element is called a soffit. This includes the underside of stairs, an arch or a projecting cornice. In roofing a soffit is the board tucked under the fascia. These days, most people prefer ventilation over the top of the fascia board to ensure that condensation and damp do not accumulate in their roof timbers. In some circumstances, and especially in older houses, it is the soffit that is the ventilating feature. When the soffit is the ventilator, it allows the air to flow between the roof space and outside. It is commonly the board that is most visible from the street view.
What is the difference between Fascias and Soffits?
There are key differences between the fascia and soffit in roofing. Typically, a soffit will be used on the exterior of a house to close the space beneath an eave. It is especially vulnerable to water flow, and birds often like to nest behind it. Because of this, the soffit has to be extremely durable and resistant to the wear and tear of the elements. The fascia is used as a barrier between the edge of the roof and the outside of the building. It is decorative, giving the house a clean look, and also provides a point for gutters and drainpipes to attach to, so must be incredibly strong.
You will need to consider both fascia and soffits when it comes to any roofing styles. If you are having a dormer window installed, or simply re-roofing your property it is important that high quality materials are used and installed properly by experts. All products that we use are of excellent quality and we use materials with multi-chambered profiles to exacerbate their efficient work. Commonly soffits are made of aluminium or vinyl, which come in a variety of colours to match your home. There are other options that we can use to best suit your needs and aesthetic desires, such as wood too. Fascia boards are usually wooden but are also available in other materials which offer options in colour and style too