How to Tell if Your Roof is Damaged
The beginning of the summer is the perfect time to take a walk around your home and check your roof for any damage from the previous winter. You may be able to see some damage from the ground but you may also want to get out on your roof and give it a thorough check up. It’s a good idea to get acquainted with your roofing system and find out if you need a roofing repair service on Long Island.
What is a Soffit and Fascia?
Soffits and Fascia are two of the most important components of your roof. The soffit is the part of the roof that is exposed underneath where the roof hangs over or extends over the main walls of the home or building. The function of the soffit is to ventilate the attic. Soffits are of a plain and basic design made usually from synthetic materials like vinyl as it is a durable material to withstand weather, heat and other damaging elements for extended periods of time. Soffits also aid in the ventilation of an attic. There are many tiny holes in the material to provide air circulation essentially drawing heat and moisture away from the house.
Fascia can be best described as the vertical finishing edge of the roof. It connects to the ends of the rafters, trusses or gutter area of the roof. Though the fascia plays more of an aesthetic role, it does serve a primary function of creating a barrier between the edge of the roof and the outside, protecting it from the elements.
How to Determine the Damage
The main culprit of a damaged soffit or fascia is water. You can climb into your attic to assess and see if there is any obvious water damage. You should be able to detect any rotting, cracking, curling of the plywood, just be careful when climbing in the attic not to get caught on any exposed nails in the wood. If rain water has soaked into the fascia boards it may appear to be discolored, or black or brown in color. Sometimes the water is pooled in a puddle on top of the plywood. Animals can also be the cause of damage to your roof. If squirrels, raccoons or birds gain access to your attic, they can build nests; chew the wood or store acorns. If you are doing your inspection from the ground on the outside of your house, you will be looking for water leaking out of the soffits or edges of the roof.
If you are not able to assess your attic and or roof yourself, call Dormer Doctor and we will send a professional to perform an inspection. According to the National Association of Home Builders, homeowners should have their roofs inspected every three years. Early detection will likely save you money in the future.
How to Repair your Soffit and Fascia
Once you have determined the extent of your damage, it is highly recommended to call in a professional roof repair service. While you can replace the soffit and fascia yourself by ripping out the rotted pieces and replacing them with new, this is often not the best route. Many roof warranties are considered null and void if you do the repairs yourself and can only carry on if a certified roofing contractor performs the work. Also, though you might have spotted a leak in your attic, that does not mean that the water is coming from that spot directly on your roof. Due to its property of capillary action and cohesion, water has a tendency to travel a considerable distance before exposing itself on the inside of your house. That’s why you need a professional to not only find the leak’s source but also repair it.
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