Soffit and Fascia Edmonton
What Is Soffit?
Like many parts of your home’s exterior, soffit serves both an aesthetic and a functional purpose.
Functionally, the basic mission of soffit is to protect rafters from the elements. Keeping moisture away from the rafters reduces the chances of mold and helps preserve the life of the materials.
Aesthetically, soffit is an easy way to add character. Soffit is available in many colours and designs because it can help make the exterior of the home more interesting whether you’re standing on the street or relaxing on the porch.
Depending on the design of your roof system, soffit may serve another important functional role: it’s the key to achieving natural ventilation in the attic. Soffit isn’t necessarily vented at all, but if a home has attractive roof overhangs, it usually presents an opportunity to introduce air into the attic space and facilitate natural ventilation. To achieve the best ventilation, intake at the eaves must be balanced with the exhaust through roof vents at the peak. Generally, modern ridge vents are able to exhaust an impressive amount of air, and it’s important to find soffit that can match the flow.
In modern home construction, attic ventilation is used to improve indoor air quality, increase energy efficiency through natural cooling, and prolong the life of building materials through moisture management. This also helps extend the life of your roof. The cooler you can keep your roof in the summer the longer your shingles will last.
At Gutter Dunn, we install aluminum, steel, or wooden soffit. When renovating older homes, out team of installers will cut out large holes in the old wood soffit to add extra air flow. This will help with ice damn issues and to extend the life of your shingles.
What Are Fascia Boards?
The fascia board is the long, straight board that runs along the lower edge of the roof. The fascia board is fixed directly to the lower ends of the roof trusses and usually does all the work of supporting the lower edge of the bottom row of tiles. The fascia board is what your gutters are attached to.
Over time fascia boards can begin to deteriorate due to weathering and rot. If gutters are clogged and full of water for long periods of time, this can cause extensive damage to the fascia boards.
Sometimes there are obvious signs of damage such as gutters, soffit, or fascia is falling off the house. At times, though, the damage may be hidden. When doing an initial estimate, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether or not there is any existing damage to the fascia boards.
Once our team of installers removes the old eavestrough system, it is then easy for us to tell what needs to be replaced. Gutter Dunn will replace the fascia boards at a linear price per foot cost
We Do Metal Fascia Too!
Gutter Dunn can custom bend metal fascia to fit any project. We have equipment that can do this either in our metal shop or we can have it done at one of our various suppliers.
Typical sizes of metal fascia are 6″, 8″, and 10″
Custom sizes can be fabricated up to 24″ in width
A common problem with metal fascia homeowners can experience is it being ripped off the home due to high winds. Most new construction companies will use fascia nails to fasten the metal fascia to your home. Over time, these can become loose and cause the aluminum fascia to detach from your home.
At Gutter Dunn, our installers use 1.5″ screws to secure the bottom of the fascia. With the use of screws rather than nails, the fascia will never rip off your home, even during the strongest of winds!
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