Table of Contents:
- When should my soffit and fascia be replaced?
- When should you replace your soffits?
- Do you need soffit and fascia replacement?
- How can I determine whether my fascia is damaged?
- Is it possible to replace an existing soffit with a new one?
- How Do I Keep the Soffit and Fascia Clean?
- When Should the Soffit and Fascia Be Replaced?
- The Benefits of Fascias and Soffits
When a contractor constructs a new roof, this is an opportunity to repair broken fascia and soffits. If you are replacing your roof as part of an insurance claim, request that your claims adjuster include the repair of any damaged fascia or soffit.
When should you replace your soffits?
If you’ve discovered that your house receives little to no ventilation, it might be because your soffits and fascia are obstructed or damaged. If the latter is true, you should immediately consider replacing them.
Not only can they protect your roof by keeping out dirt, water, and rats, but they also provide a polished and completed aspect to your home. As with most things, if not properly maintained, soffit and fascia will degrade with time, at which point you should consider replacing them.
As a general rule, prick the fascia with a screwdriver. If it is solid, it is still acceptable. However, if your screwdriver penetrates the wood itself, the wood becomes brittle. Any damage to the fascia board, including cracks, breaks in the wood, peeling paint, moss, mildew, moist patches, and termites, is termed fascia board damage.
If you’re working on an older house, most contractors and homeowners will need to install their vinyl soffit over existing wood. This is certainly possible, but you must take numerous care to keep the wood under this new layer from decaying.
When it comes to soffit and fascia care, you should err on the side of preventative maintenance. As the name indicates, preventive maintenance is a sort of maintenance activity that is performed to avert issues from arising in the first place.
While this may require some work, it will help avoid frequent issues and maintain the soffit and fascia in the greatest condition possible for years to come. Preventive maintenance tasks include clearing debris from gutters, assessing the outside of the property for deterioration, inspecting and fixing the roof, and cleaning the soffits and fascia to eliminate mildew.