Soffit and Fascia: What Are They and Why Do They Matter for Your Gutter System

by | Jun 6, 2023 | Blog, Burnsville, Gutters

When we look at a home we tend to notice the most important features. The siding, the doors, the windows, and the shape of the home are the common components we focus on. However, for a home to be effective and efficient, sometimes the little components are what hold all of the pieces together. 

For example, a door cannot be opened without a handle. And a window cannot be enjoyed if the frame is faulty. 

The soffit and fascia are two of the major components of a gutter and roof system. But what exactly are they? Why are they important? Why does it even matter? 


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Soffit is the underside of the roof overhang, made of wood, aluminum, or vinyl. Vinyl soffit has similar characteristics to vinyl siding, so for many homes, this is the way to go. The soffit cannot be seen from a distance, as it is underneath the overhang. Therefore, there is little emphasis when it comes to curb appeal. Typically homeowners choose the same color as the siding for continuity. 

Soffit is vitally important because it has venting that helps keep a steady airflow between the roof and the attic. If the attic is not well-ventilated, then excess heat has nowhere to escape and moisture can begin to form. This can, in turn, cause mold and mildew issues. 

Secondly, good quality soffit material is useful in keeping unwanted pests and animals at bay. Bees and wasps love to build their nests and raise families in little nooks and crannies. If there were no soffit material, we would have to share our homes with these critters. 


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Fascia goes hand in hand with soffit material. Fascia is the area of siding directly above the soffit, running perpendicular. It is the exposed board you see on the front of the overhang. Fascia is the last line of support for the lower edge of the shingles. They are on the roof’s edge attached directly to the beams of the roof.  

This is also the area where your gutters are hung from. Even though the gutters can cover most of the fascia, it is still important to make sure it matches the siding. It can become quite noticeable if the fascia is worn or tattered. 

Similar to soffit, fascia is made from aluminum, wood, or vinyl. For obvious reasons, vinyl is the best option. Vinyl is resistant to cracking, warping, or rotting. It is also almost maintenance-free. Regular cleaning should keep it in tip-top shape.  

Along with yearly maintenance to be performed on your home, be sure to inspect the condition of the soffit and fascia as well. These two components are just as important as any other home feature. If you have concerns about the condition of your soffit and fascia, place your trust in Legacy Construction, LLC in Burnsville. We are a full-service roofing contractor that understands each aspect of a strong working roofing system. We are prepared to work with you to keep your home safe, secure, and free of the little pests that could sneak in otherwise. 

Give us a call if you have any concerns regarding the condition of your soffit, fascia, or any roofing need.