When most people in Milton, Burlington and other parts of the GTA think about maintaining the roof that is literally over their heads, they probably focus on the shingles or tiles, and the guttering that carries rainwater safely away from the roof during stormy weather conditions. One vital component of the roofing structure they may neglect to consider is the soffits, those pieces of wood, aluminum, vinyl, or fiber cement that connect the underside of the roof where it overhangs your exterior walls, to those exterior walls. However, to neglect these pieces of the jigsaw puzzle such as Soffit Installation could be a big mistake, as we will illustrate in this short guide.
Why Your Home Needs a New Soffit Installation
Homeowners who live in the GTA, perhaps by the lake in Oakville or in a slightly more sheltered location, will not need to be told about the windy, rainy conditions we often experience in this part of the world. What they might not know is how much damage this combination of wind and rain can do to unprotected properties in the area. This is just one of the reasons that soffits are such an important part of your home.
1. Prevention of Water Damage – Rain that is blown toward the underside of your roof could cause serious water damage if it were able to enter through holes and cracks that were present there. If you have a brand new soffit installation, this will obviously not be the case. Given just how much damage water can do when it is able to enter your home, this first reason not to delay a new installation is probably the most important as far as most Toronto homeowners are concerned.
2. Attic Ventilation – Unless your house was specifically designed to have an unventilated attic, you will need a soffit installation that includes vents, to allow air to circulate through your attic. While these vents could let in a certain amount of water during extremely high winds combined with heavy rainfall, the amount will be insignificant compared to what could get through in the event you leave your soffits to rot and fall off.
3. Keeping Pests Out – Rodents and other pests can make their way through gaps in your roof joists and rafters if you do not have a solid soffit installation in place. While you may seldom enter your attic space, once such pests nest in there, they may well spread to other parts of your home, causing a great deal of damage and distress in the process.
4. Improving the Exterior Appearance of Your Home – You may seldom notice your soffits but if you leave them until they are in such a bad state of disrepair that large chunks start to fall off, passers by and neighbours are unlikely to be impressed with your property’s exterior. While you may ordinarily not be too concerned about other people’s opinions, you probably don’t want them to think you live in a home that is literally falling to pieces.
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As you can see, putting off a new soffit installation could have serious repercussions and we haven’t even mentioned the fact that chunks of falling soffit material could be potentially dangerous to you and your family as well! If you want to make sure that both your family and your property are well protected this winter, be sure to inspect your soffits long before the bad weather sets in and to replace then if necessary. Feel free to call us for a competitive quotation or free advice at any time.