Calgary AB homeowners naturally see the beautiful roof color, siding material used, windows, and everything else prominent in a home. However, they barely notice the small things contributing to a home’s capability and sustainability such as soffits and fascias.
Did you know that these parts of your Calgary AB property are as important as your roofing material, siding, insulation, and more? In fact, they improve residential roof insulation that help protect it from snowy problems such as ice dam roofs. Feldco has an excellent post about the importance of soffits and fascias below.
The Importance of Soffits and Fascias in Your Home
Most of the time, people usually only notice the big and prominent features of their home. Windows, siding and doors are the main attention-getters on any home, but it’s important you don’t overlook the small stuff. What is soffit? What is fascia? Why are they important features on your home?
While most people know why windows, siding and doors are important, they might not realize that soffit and fascia are equally as important.
In this article, we’ll go over what soffit and fascia are and why they’re just as important as anything else on your home.
What is Soffit?
Soffit is the exposed siding underneath your roof’s overhang. Since your soffit is located on the underside of your roof, it’s often not visible in terms of curb appeal.
However, soffit can still be seen when you’re close to the home and when you’re underneath it or at street level. Soffit is usually the same design and color as your home’s siding, but can be different depending on your own personal tastes and preferences.
Soffit can be made from wood, aluminum or vinyl. It’s important that you have a soffit material suitable for the climate you live in. For homeowners in the Midwest, vinyl soffit is the way to go.
Vinyl soffit has all the same characteristics as vinyl siding, so you know your home will be protected with it and look great at the same time.
What is Fascia?
Fascia goes hand-in-hand with your home’s soffit. Fascia is the area of siding directly above the soffit. It’s the exposed board you see on the front of your roof’s overhang.
Your fascia is also where gutters are placed. Fascia is very visible and needs to be in good shape so your home’s curb appeal isn’t in jeopardy.
Just like soffit, fascia can be made of aluminum, wood or vinyl and the best option is vinyl.
Why Soffit and Fascia Are Important For Your Home (Continued)
Finding the right soffits and fascias gives your home the best attic venting performance while improving the integrity of your roof. However, don’t grab the most expensive materials you can find in the market. Instead, you can go with your Calgary AB roofing contractor’s recommendations given their in-depth industry experience and knowledge.
Fascia Expert has an excellent guide in choosing fascia boards. If you can find superior fascia boards in one supplier, they will most likely recommend the same caliber of soffits for your property. Know more about it below.
Choosing Your Fascia Board
Choosing a new or replacement uPVC Fascia Board can often be a mind boggling task, with so many styles, sizes and colours available it’s difficult to know that you’re making the right decision both in terms of installation and aesthetics. Here is our helpful guide to help you on choosing the right fascia board for you.
The first decision you need to make is the style (or profile) of the fascia board that you require. The options are as displayed below, Square Fascia, Bullnose Fascia, Ogee Fascia, Flat Fascia or Reveal Liners (also known as a Cap-Over Fascia).
If you require a full fascia replacement where you are completely removing the existing timbers you will require at least a 16mm board thickness to meet BBA approval, this will ensure your fascia board is thick enough to securely nail directly to the rafters and are strong enough to hold lengths of guttering. 9mm square fascia boards are only suitable for capping over existing timber fascia boards (ensure there is no rotting timber should you choose to the cap-over method).
Finally, you’ll need to choose the size of the uPVC Fascia and Soffit Boards. Commonly the smallest fascia board available is 150mm high and go up in small increments to the largest fascia board which is often 405mm high. Ensure you measure the height of the existing fascia board before you order, it’s often better to order the fascia and soffit board too big than small as they can easily be trimmed to size using a fine toothed saw. 405mm fascia boards can be used to construct roofline box ends.
Choosing your Soffit Board (Continued)
Lastly, it’s important to find the best soffits and fascias installer in your area. It’s exceptionally easy to find materials you need but difficult to find reliable contractors who can deliver the quality of service you need.
However, shortening your list of contractors to work with isn’t too difficult if you ask them the right questions. EYG Home Improvement has an excellent list of 10 things you can ask when choosing your soffits and fascias fitters.
10 things you MUST ask before choosing your fascias and soffits fitters
When you’re weighing up whether to replace your fascia and soffits, it can be a bit of a minefield knowing who to choose to carry out the job.
But it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a local soffit and fascia company or a larger specialist like EYG, there are a few essential things you should ask before agreeing to let anyone carry out the work…
1. Have you done this type of home before? Can I see any photos?
Before choosing which fascias and soffits fitters to carry out your home improvements, it’s important to research their suitability and quality of their work. Examining any photos they have will allow you to do this. The devil is in the detail and you’re looking for a ‘box end’ finish that includes a specialist section of plastic that is designed specifically for the job in hand. It should not be finished using off-cuts, must not have any gaps and should be at a 90-degree angle.
2. What fixings do you use?
Any fascias and soffits fitters who are worth their salt will know that they should only use ring shank nails for the job in hand – often known as poly top pins. Although there are three sizes available, 65mm is usually best for the job but 50mm is relatively okay. Anything 40mm or less should not be used – and anyone using them should not be trusted.
3. What do you fix them to? (Continued)
If you have yet to find a soffits and fascias fitter who can deliver the service quality your property needs, you can look no further than No Payne Roofing. We have more than a decade of experience working with local properties and all their soffits, fascias, and other roofing needs. Contact us today.