The roof over your home may seem straightforward and uninteresting, but it is actually one of its most integral parts of your home. A roof is composed of many components working together to help keep your home safe. One of these components is called a soffit.
A roof soffit serves various functions ranging from aesthetics to helping keep your utility bills in check, so you’ll want to know as much as you can about it.
What Is a Soffit?
The word soffit refers to “something fixed underneath”. It is a finishing material, which can be cement or wood, that is placed to cover the underside of your roof overhang by roofing contractors. It serves as a passive ventilation unit for an attic and keeps moisture in the air from entering, condensing and creating mold. With a vented soffit, air can flow through the vents to provide regular air circulation to your attic.
Their Importance to Your Home
Aside from ventilation, your soffit also keeps pests from slipping into your home through the roofline or gutters and nesting in your attic. Understand that animals can cause damage to your roof and electrical systems, and they may even contribute to unhealthy air quality.
Furthermore, soffit prevents water from blowing into your home. If you live in an area near the coast, rain and wind can easily push water under the eaves. Without any proper protection of soffit, rain and moisture can make their way into your home.
If you want to learn more about roofs, renovations and other projects, get in touch with the TopTier Roofing team at (315) 871-5681, or fill out our contact form. We serve multiple areas in New York and nearby areas.