Have you ever looked up under the porch or the overhang from the roof around the gutters and wondered what those little holes were? Surely, they had to be there for more than dripping excess water onto your head as you unlock the door or an odd decoration choice. It’s called soffit. Here’s a quick guide to understanding it.
A Convenient Ventilation System
Soffit is probably one of the most well-disguised ventilation systems of your home. The little holes you see help to pull the excess heat and moisture out of your attic, so you don’t have to worry about any hidden mold or mildew issues.
The holes are tiny enough that the soffit also prevents pests like bats, birds, or squirrels from sneaking into your home. It will also be helpful on stormy days, so water can’t blow into your house.
Soffit can come in a variety of styles and materials to better match your house, but the main material we use here at BNP Screens & Seamless Gutters is vinyl. It is low maintenance and fairly durable, as long as you keep it clear of mold or algae buildup. You can also be assured that our Kaycan soffit will not chip, rot, blister or peel because it is weather resistant.
Be sure to inspect both your soffit and gutters regularly for moisture buildup or clogs, as the condition of your gutters can often determine the condition of your soffit as well. It’s also important to keep the space by vents cleared from inside the attic, so the ventilation can work properly.
Beware the Repairs
If you notice a hole in your soffit that seems large enough to fit an animal, it could be tempting to repair it on your own by simply plugging the hole. Unfortunately, plugging even a single hole in your soffit could cause a moisture buildup that could lead to mold and mildew in your home. It’s better to schedule a professional soffit repair instead of trying to solve the issue on your own.
If you need a soffit installation or repair, give us a call today at BNP Screens & Seamless Gutters.