What is Fascia and Soffit

Fascia and Soffit diagram

Fascia and Soffit

The fascia of a home is the end cap that hides the rafters that support the roof.  Rain gutters are attached to the fascia, but an easier way to describe where the fascia is located is to say that it is what the Christmas lights are attached to.  The  fascia can be made up of any type of wood and size (2×4, 2×6 or 2×8).  The soffit is the exposed under surface of any exterior overhanging section of a roof eave.  The soffit butts up to the fascia and both create the finished look of the exterior of the house.  If both were missing, you could essentially see into the attic of the home and the framing would be exposed.  While there are many types of materials that can be used for soffits, we typically use Hardi Vented Soffit on our custom homes and remodels in San Antonio, Texas.  The vented or perforated soffit takes the place of metal vents that used to be installed every few feet in order to get air circulating into the attic.  Both the fascia and soffit are part of the exterior of the home and should be painted every 5-7 years, just like the exterior of a home.  It is very common for the fascia to rot in older homes if it isn’t painted often enough.  The paint protects the fascia and soffit from the natural elements of weather.


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