Beloved home renovation shows make everything look so easy. In reality, when it comes to making decisions for your home, it can be a slow and stressful process, especially in the roofing industry.
There are so many materials and styles for shingles, gutters, and soffits – how are you supposed to choose?
Rescue My Roof has been educating homeowners for over a decade, empowering them to make the best decisions for their homes.
In this article, we’ll break down the difference between wood and metal soffits. In the end, you’ll better understand which material is best for your home.
What is Soffit?
Soffit is the board tucked underneath the fascia. When you look at a house from a distance, you can only see the fascia.
Moving closer, you can see under the roof’s ledge. That is where the soffit board is hidden. It will be connected to the fascia at an angle and reaches across the home’s exterior.
Soffit is the ideal place to hide intake vents necessary for your roof’s ventilation. When hot air rises to the top of your attic space and escapes through the exhaust vents, cool air is needed to replace it and maintain airflow throughout your home.
That’s why intake vents are placed near the bottom of your roof, and if you want them to be hidden for cosmetic purposes, they can be placed in the soffit.
However, because it is primarily a space for ventilation, soffits are unnecessary for most homes. Other means of ventilation are also available and don’t require soffit vents.
At your estimation appointment for a new roof, the inspector will evaluate the existing ventilation. If improvement is needed and more intake vents can be added, one of the first considerations will be adding soffit vents to your home.