What Is a Soffit? | High Five Gutters

What Is a Soffit?

By High Five Gutters on April 28, 2021

A soffit is both a functional and aesthetic component of a roof. The main purpose of a soffit is to protect roof rafters from the weather elements. Soffits often have vents that provide air movement and ventilation to your attic, reducing the amount of heat and moisture that may collect. This prevents mold, mildew, and wood rot from causing roof damage.

Roof soffit

Not every home features prominent soffits, particularly post World War II homes built with minimal roof overhangs at the eave. These home builds may feature no soffit at all.

Read: What Is a Fascia Board?

What Is the Best Material for Soffits

A soffit is made from wood, aluminum, or vinyl — generally depending on the climate of the home.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Soffits

The cost to replace a soffit is roughly $30 installed. This assumes the technician does not need to remove your fascia board or gutter system.

How Long Does It Take to Replace Soffits

The time to replace a soffit can vary depending on the amount of rot or warping of the material. A soffit is generally more susceptible to water damage than a fascia due to the under roof location and water flow. A competent roofer team can replace 50-100 feet of roof soffits in a day. You can expect 2-3 days of work to replace the full soffits of a home.

Do Gutter Companies Replace Soffits

Most gutter and roofing companies will replace fascia boards and soffits. If you have any questions regarding a repair or replacement, feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.