Soffits, fascias, and guttering systems all work together to keep your home safe from water damage. We’ve talked a lot about how gutters help protect your soffits and fascia, but we haven’t talked much about what these two parts of your home are, or what they do.
The soffit rests under your roof overhang. It is typically filled with small holes beause it’s designed to ventilate the attic.
The fascia is a vertical finishing edge. This edge creates a layer of protection between the elements and the soffit. Ideally it keeps any water that does not manage to make it into your gutters away from your soffits.
Of course, ideally the water would not touch your fascia at all, because it would all flow into your gutters. However, when the water does not flow into your gutters that’s not necessarily the fault of your gutters.
Normally, water flows off of the roof and falls into your gutters. However, left to its own devices a small portion of that water will backwash onto your fascia.
This usually isn’t a lot of water. However, it doesn’t take much water to rot wood over time.
Sooner or later, that rot can lead to the breakdown of the whole system. Soffits typically rot next, and gutters can ultimately sag and fall right off your home because the fascia system which upholds it loses its strength.
All of this can be avoided through the installation of a part known as a “drip edge.” The drip edge helps you make sure that all of the water that runs off of your roof makes it into your gutters, down to the very last drop.
This isn’t very easy to visualize. This is a video from a Toronto roofer which gives a nice visual. He’s worried about ice and animals. We’d be worried about heavy rains (but animals are a concern, too).
He actually talks about how water can end up running behind your gutter when you don’t have a drip edge installed. Obviously if water isn’t getting into your gutters because of a problem on your roof then you’re going to start seeing some water damage, even if you have the best gutters in the world.
The next video shows you what a drip edge actually looks like:
Most roofers do install a drip edge when they put your roof in. Some don’t in the hopes of cutting costs.
If your fascia and soffit are rotting and your gutters are fine then this is the most likely culprit. You’re going to need to install a drip edge, or you’re going to need to be sure to have one installed when you call the roofer for your soffit and fascia repair.
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