What Are Soffits, Fascia, and Eavestroughs?

Soffits, fascia, and eavestroughs are protective elements of your house that must be maintained. Eavestroughs especially need to be cleaned after leaves have fallen but before wintertime. These three components are usually all the same colour to give a cohesive look to that aspect of the house.


Roofers install soffits, fascia, and eavestroughs and keep them functioning correctly. These sometimes ignored components are critical, utilitarian aspects of our homes.


Soffits, fascia, and eavestroughs:



The soffit creates the roof overhang and ensures proper air intake ventilation for the attic. This prevents moisture buildup and reduces the attic space’s risk of mould and rot. The soffit gives your home a clean, finished, and cohesive look. Our blog page diagram illustrates wood soffits, although most city homes use vinyl soffits like the image here; all must have ventilation holes. Never paint over these crucial ventilation holes since they no longer allow air through.


There are different factors to consider when considering the material options for soffits: 

Ultimately, the choice between wood, metal, or plastic soffits depends on factors such as personal preference, budget, maintenance requirements, and the overall aesthetic goals of the house.


Contact Forest City Roofing, one of London, Ontario’s and surrounding areas’ most trusted roofing and siding companies. Call us at (519) 659 6937 or online to help you make an informed decision that suits your home’s style and practical considerations.




Soffits, fascia, and eavestroughs:



Fascia (think facer board) is a length of board positioned along the roof’s lower edge. Fascia boards are the required support structure for the eavestroughs (sometimes called gutters.) 

Fascia boards ensure efficient rainwater drainage and safeguard the roof and walls from water damage. 

Regular fascia inspections are crucial to maintaining the integrity of your home’s exterior. 

If you notice any concerns during the inspection, it is advisable to consult a professional to assess and repair the fascia effectively. Here are some key aspects of fascia that should be inspected regularly:



Soffits, fascia, and eavestroughs:




Eavestroughs collect and divert rainwater through their downspouts away from the foundation, preventing erosion, safeguarding the foundation, and other potential structural issues.


Cleaning and inspecting your eavestroughs before winter is of utmost importance for the well-being of your home.


If ice is allowed to collect in the eavestroughs, its weight will eventually pull the eavestroughs away from the fascia. The clogged troughs and standing water will perpetuate ice damning on your roof. Read our blog posts, “How Do I Keep Ice From Forming On My Roof?” and “Understanding and Preventing Ice Damns”


Cleaning and inspecting your eavestroughs before winter protects your home’s structural integrity and avoids costly repairs. It is recommended to hire a professional if you’re unsure how to clean or inspect your eavestroughs safely. They have the expertise and tools to complete the task efficiently and effectively.

In addition to their visual determinants, soffit, fascia, and eavestroughs play vital roles in protecting the integrity of a house. These elements not only enhance the overall look of a home but also contribute to its long-term durability and maintenance.



May 17, 2023

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