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Taking Care of Your Soffits | Kents Direct | UK

How To Take Care Of Your Soffits

There’s plenty going on with your roof that you may not even be aware of. If you’re looking to keep your roof in good condition, you’ll need to know what it’s comprised of and how it works.

This article will help you understand how the soffits in your roof work, and how to take care of them. Read on to find out everything you need to know.

What are soffits?

Go outside and take a look at your roof. See the boards that run along the roofline? That’s the fascia. The board that runs underneath the fascia, parallel to the wall, is called the soffit. This piece of your roof has a very important job to do.


Your roof is a prime target for moisture to collect, meaning mould can be a problem if your soffit isn’t in good condition. The soffit stops water and moisture from getting in and causing problems with the exposed timbers. As you can see, it’s vitally important that your soffits are in good condition.

How to check up on your soffits

You need to take a good look at every soffit at regular intervals. That’s because they’re so crucial to the continuing health of your roof. If a soffit is in bad condition, then your roof could be taking damage without you knowing it.

Take a look at the vents in your soffit. These help airflow to the roof, making sure it’s ventilated properly. You want to be sure that they’re not blocked or otherwise obstructed. If they are, clear the blockage if you can, as soon as you can. You’ll want to then check the beams in your attic to ensure rot isn’t starting to set into the wood.


Also, check that the soffit hasn’t taken damage in bad weather. If they have, they may not be able to function correctly.

When to replace

If you’ve done extensive work on your roof, you may want to replace your fascias and soffits so they match the rest of the home. If that’s the case, you can pick them up from us. We have a wide range that can complement any home.

You’ll also want to replace if the vents or soffit itself has taken damage. The damage can stop it working properly and even let water into your roof, so you’ll want to replace it as soon as possible.

What to look for in a new soffit

The most important thing to look for in a new soffit is the material used. The best one to use is a PVC soffit, as this material is hard wearing, looks good, and will last you for years to come. You can even buy a soffit engraved to look like wood; if that’s the look you’re going for.

Come to Kents Building Plastics if you’re in the market for a new soffit. Our range is second to none, and our knowledgeable staff can help you out if you need a hand.