Your roofing system is built with different parts and components that play a key role in keeping your home safe, dry, and secure. One of these crucial parts is the soffit, which is found covering the gap between your roof’s edge and your home’s exterior. And like the rest of your home, it can also have problems that should be dealt with properly by professional roofing specialists.
What You Should Look for
A roof that isn’t properly maintained becomes more susceptible to rot. It comes from moisture accumulated within your roofing system and is usually caused by structural flaws such as rusted/damaged flashing and loose/missing shingles. Signs or rot can easily be seen at the soffit because it’s often one of the first places to get water damage. If the rot isn’t addressed properly, it can lead to mold growth and damage to other parts of your roofing system.
If you don’t want to end up with a more costly repair or replacement, it’s important to take action quickly. Don’t attempt to DIY the soffit repair especially if you don’t have the right equipment for the job. Instead, hire trusted shingle and metal roofing contractors who have the means and expertise to do it for you. They’ll also check other parts of your soffit for any sign of damage and make the necessary repairs.
If they find that most parts of the soffit are affected, they’ll likely recommend that a full replacement is more cost-effective. You can always use the same material for your soffit, but some can withstand wear and tear more effectively than traditional wood. They may also be a bit more expensive, but it’s worth the investment if it means fewer repair costs later on.
When Should You Inspect Your Soffit?
While you can easily see your soffit from ground level, a closer inspection is sometimes necessary to determine its exact condition. The best time to do this is when you’re cleaning your gutters, as you’re also able to take a closer look and even poke at some areas of your soffit if they’re holding up as well as they should. This is also important to determine whether pests or small animals have made a home inside your soffits.