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What is Soffit & Fascia? | Why Are They Important?

Did you know that the soffit and fascia around your home is one of the most neglected areas, but they provide one of the most important protections for the roof? Many homeowners don’t even know the purpose of soffit and fascia and assume they are  purely of aesthetic value, but this is definitely not the case.

What Is Fascia?

As a vital part of proper roof construction, fascia is found underneath the roofline just behind the gutters. Think of fascia as trim around your roof which is mounted on the exposed ends of the rafters or the top of the exterior walls to create a layer between the edge of the roof and outside. The most commonly used materials for fascia are wood, plastic and aluminum.

What Is Soffit?

Derived from the French language literally meaning “something fixed underneath” which is exactly where soffit resides tucked away underneath the fascia board. It can be used under porches, flights of stairs and most commonly around a home’s roof. Soffit can be made out of aluminum, vinyl, fiber cement, wood and steel. Soffit can be vented to allow the flow of air into your roof which is ideal. Without having adequate ventilation, condensation will form in your roof increasing rot and decay.

You may ask then what are the features and benefits of properly functioning soffit and fascia on your home. Well you are about to find out!

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Soffit & Fascia Benefits:

Soffit & Fascia Provide:

  • A first line of defense against weather stopping wind and rain from penetrating your roofing system
  • Adds a finishing touch to your home giving it a clean-line appearance
  • Protection for your rafters and eliminates the possibility of structural damage that could cause you to have to replace your entire roof
  • Lower heating bills which will help you and the environment
  • A barrier to keep out moisture that can cause rotting and decaying if it penetrates the edge of your roof

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What Type Of Material Should I Use When Having New Soffit And Fascia Installed?

Many older homes have wooden fascia, but the most commonly used material used in the US today for the replacement of soffit and fascia is aluminum or vinyl.  This is in large part due to being more practical and economical. Here are a few reasons to choose aluminum or vinyl for your next project.

  • It requires very little maintenance compared to its wood counterpart
  • They are easily cleaned and keep that “brand new” looking appearance over many years with little effort
  • No treating or painting every year like wood
  • It is much more durable standing up to the elements
  • It is resistant to rot and decay and also being attacked by insects

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Soffit & Fascia Replacement Reviews:

I was extremely pleased with the quality of work done by Lindus. They installed six large picture windows, replaced all my old siding with new LP® Smartside®, replaced the soffit and fascia, and installed their LeafGuard® Gutters. I highly recommend checking them out.  Their responsiveness, ability to make suggestions that met my needs, and professionalism were top notch. Pricewise, they were in the ballpark with competitors, maybe slightly more, but they're worth it." 

Ryan C.
Webster, WI
August 23, 2022

"Even with unexpected shipping delays with materials, Lindus Construction plowed through installing new windows, siding, gutters, soffits, facia AND fixed our patio covering as soon as possible, working outside in JANUARY during low, freezing temps. We had extreme drainage issues that they engineered to fix and they went the extra mile in so many ways. Professional, reliable and timely. They had the best variety of colors/materials over other companies we looked into. We're happy, glad we chose them, worth every penny."

Diana A.
New Richmond, WI
August 9, 2022

“We are very pleased with Lindus' work from start to finish. They did an energy audit, foam insulation of basement rim joists, removed and replaced damaged attic insulation with foam and cellulose, installed new attic access, replaced upper-level bathroom fan and exhaust to roof, removed and replaced soffit and fascia. We had storm damaged steel siding on front upper level of house. All of the siding on front upper level was replaced with LP® smart siding, all front windows were retrimmed. We believe they went above and beyond our expectations.”

David L.
Robbinsdale, MN
July 15, 2022

My wife and I concluded that we needed gutters, but our house is 40+ years old and it would be appropriate to replace our facia and soffits. Why not siding too? I contacted Lindus Construction and Matt came to our house and walked us through the process.  Thanks to the crews and we would recommend using Lindus Construction."

Stewart B.
Eagan, MN
July 12, 2022

"They installed new LeafGuard® Gutters and soffit on my home. They were very knowledgeable and friendly through the entire process. They did great job. I would highly recommend them."

Kari O.
South St. Paul
June 25, 2022

"The Lindus crew that worked on my house was great! We had our large house re-sided, new brick, soffit and fascia, and gutters. They provided status updates, answered my questions, and provided great recommendations when we ran into the inevitable hiccup of replacing old with new. Their quality control process is above and beyond anything I have ever experienced which left me with an amazing end result in which I felt 100% confident in the lasting power."

Brenda D.
River Falls, WI
June 22, 2022
50% Off Installation Labor on LeafGuard® Brand Gutters, GAF Asphalt Shingles, & Infinity® From Marvin Windows. We Are Also Offering A Complimentary Heat Map Analysis With Insulation Estimates Through November 30th.
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