Some homeowners may not know what soffit and fascia are, let alone how to check for damage. Soffit is the trim under the roof that covers your house’s rafters. If you have an attic, you can spot it when you look up at the roof from below.
Fascia is a horizontal board that runs along the edge of your roof and aids in protecting your home from weather damage. It’s critical to regularly inspect both soffit and fascia for any flaws, as they might develop into more serious structural issues if left unattended.
This blog post will highlight a few common damages to look for and what you can do to fix them.
Water Damage – The Dreaded Black Streaks
One of the most common damages to soffit and fascia is water damage. It can manifest in a few different ways, but the most common is black streaks. These are caused by algae that grow on the surface of the wood and feed off of the dampness.
If you notice any black streaks, it’s essential to clean them as soon as possible. You can do this by pressure washing or using a bleach solution. Please ensure to wear gloves and a mask when handling bleach.
Once the streaks are gone, you’ll want to treat the area with a water repellent. It will help prevent further damage and keep the wood looking its best.
Cracks and Splits – The Spoilers
Wood contracts and expands when heated or cooled. It leads to cracks and fractures. Cracks and splits can quickly take away the look of your home’s exterior. They can lead to more severe problems like water damage and rot. Inspect the area for any cracks or splits and if you find any, seal them with a high-quality caulk.
If the damage is extensive, you must consider replacing the affected boards. It is a relatively easy task that any homeowner can do themselves. Just wear gloves and a mask to avoid inhaling any dust.
Holes and Gaps – The Pitfalls
Chipped paint, holes, and other damage can also be caused by little creatures like birds, squirrels, and mice. They could’ve damaged the insulating material or the wiring. If you see any evidence of these critters, there is a good chance your soffit and fascia are also damaged.
You may need a professional to help you get rid of the pests and repair the damage they’ve caused. If you let them gnaw away at your home, they could cause even more expensive damage like a fire.
How to Check for Damages?
While some damages become evident right away, others might not. It’s vital to do regular checks to ensure your soffit and fascia are good. You can do a quick check by walking around the outside of your house and looking up.
If you see any cracks, holes, or gaps, that’s a sign that you have damage. Another sign of wear is if you notice sagging or drooping in the soffit or fascia. It is usually caused by water damage.
A fascia covered in moss or algae is not only unsightly, but it’s also a sign that your roof isn’t being adequately ventilated. Palmer Construction serving Spokane can help you with any roofing needs, from a quick fascia repair to a complete fascia replacement.