Roofing Terms Explained - Soffit and Fascia

There is a lot more that goes into the construction of your roof than your shingles or metal roofing material. When you hire a professional roofer at the Lake of the Ozarks to install a new roof, they will ensure that your roof is completed with all of the necessary finish work that not only makes your roof look great but also ensures that your roof is working correctly. Today, our roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to discuss soffit and fascia and what they do for your roof!



Soffit and fascia keep water and debris out of your home. In addition, they give your roof a finished look. Keep reading to learn more about these important pieces of your roofing system.

What is Soffit?

Soffit is the exposed surface beneath the overhanging section of a roof eave. The term can also refer to the horizontal underside of similar architectural structures, such as archways or staircases. Soffits protect the area underneath a roof's overhang from the weather. If water, snow or ice weren't blocked by the soffit, beams could rot and become vulnerable to mold buildup. A vented soffit lets air circulate in an attic. This helps to keep the roof cool by moving air up through the attic and out of the ridge vent. Soffit typically is made from vinyl, and are designed with small holes that provide air circulation. Proper air ventilation will also save you energy, as it helps regulate the temperature in your attic and throughout the rest of the home.

What is Fascia? 

Fascia covers the front of a soffit. This gives the roof's edge a finished look, increasing your curb appeal. In addition, the fascia serves as a mount for the gutters. Fascia boards are typically wooden, but they can be made from vinyl, aluminum or plastic. The primary function of the fascia is to help the soffit protect the roof and the interior of the home from moisture by blocking its entrance. Moisture can ruin fascia boards that run along the roof line. The main causes of moisture build up behind the fascia board are clogged gutters, improper shingle overhang and winter ice dams. It's important to repair or replace any fascia board that shows any sign of damage to ensure it's properly protecting your home from the weather.



Above & Beyond Roofing has all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs covered, from shingles to soffit and fascia, as well as gutters and siding installation. No job is too big or too small for our team  - if it needs a roof, we can do it...from the dog house to your house! Give Above & Beyond Roofing for all your roofing needs!


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