Soffits are often considered susceptible to weatherization damage. They’re basically the underside of the eaves, and, when they repeatedly get wet, this can cause wood rot and mold growth. This wetness is commonly caused by damaged shingles that drip water onto the soffit, rusty or damaged flashing, or gutters that aren’t working properly. So, it’s important to repair your soffits as soon as you notice issues.
Repairing Your Soffit
Here’s a simple guide to ensuring a successful soffit repair:
- Get rid of the rotting wood in your soffit. Watch out for any animals that may be nesting in it as well.
- Check the rafter tails. If there are damaged parts, cut them off, and replace them with pressure-treated lumber.
- Install the new rafter by clamping it to a one-inch backboard using a screw.
- For the wood that you’re going to use for your new soffit, make sure to coat the sides and edges with a waxy sealant. This will protect it from water damage.
- Attach the soffit, and caulk any holes or areas that may potentially hold moisture.
- Attach the fascia board using galvanized nails.
Preventing Soffit Damage
If you ask your roofing contractors about the best ways to prevent soffit damage, one simple solution that they will likely recommend is adding gutter covers. Keeping your gutters protected and in good condition can ward off damage due to moisture.
Aside from installing gutter protection, you can also benefit from conducting regular roof inspections. Look out especially for damage to your shingles, flashing and soffits. Make sure to address them immediately.
Gutter Helmet® of Dallas Fort Worth offers its expertise in residential and commercial roofing as well as gutter protection systems. We also specialize in metal roofing, and we can ensure professional assistance throughout your project. Call us at (817) 495-7278, or fill out our contact form to request a consultation.