Soffits, fascias and guttering may not be the most exciting of home improvements, but they all play an important role in keeping your home dry and free of problems.
What elements make a roofline?
A soffit is the covering which sits between the outer edges of your roof and the adjacent wall of the home, protecting and sealing the rafters. If your roof has a soffit (not every house does!) you will be able to see it if you stand underneath the overhang of your roof and look upwards.
The purpose of a fascia is to protect and seal the roof and the interior of your home, from exposure to the outside elements. They also support roof tiles at ‘eave’ level and provide support for the guttering. Guttering is used to gather rainwater from the roof and direct the flow of water as it drains.
The gutter catches the water and sends it into the downpipes, and then towards a drain. Guttering is fixed at the appropriate angle to prevent the water from pooling in places that it should not, which could over time lead to your gutters overflowing and creating additional problems.
Future Proof Your Home
Soffits, fascias and gutters are highly important from an aesthetic point of view too. With a clean roofline and tidy guttering, the street-appeal of your home will increase, making it more attractive to passers-by and potential buyers should you sell. In fact, if you’re considering putting your home on the market, then tidying up your soffits, fascias and gutters are an easy way to update your frontage.
Many older homes have wooden soffits and fascias beneath the guttering. Fascias were traditionally a softwood board, mounted on the outside edges of your rafters, but in recent years this has been replaced with high-grade UPVC, as softwood has the tendency to rot! Rotten or worn wood on your roofline can allow unwanted damp into your home, creating a host of issues.
For this reason, many homeowners update their fascia and soffits to the more modern uPVC at the same time they replace their gutters. Not only does this look impressive, but it ensures your fascia and soffits are protecting and sealing the rafters and interior of your home from the elements.
If your home could benefit from a new and improved roofline, get in touch with the team at Sovereign Home Improvements today.