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Addressing Common Soffit Issues

The soffit is just one of the many crucial components that make up a roofing system. You’ll find these in homes that have their roofs past the exterior wall and creates a gap between the roof edge and the home’s siding. This gap is covered by soffits, which originated from the French term that means “formed as a ceiling” and the Latin term for “to fix underneath”. Soffits can be made from wood, but they can also be made from the same material as your siding.

Should you find any problems with your soffit during a routine inspection, they must be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage. As one of the best roofing companies in the area, Next Level Roofers shares what you need to look for:

The Best Time to Inspect Your Soffit

Whenever you have your gutters cleaned, it’s always a good idea to check your soffit’s condition. This shouldn’t be too hard as you’ll only do a visual inspection for any visible sign of damage. You may also need to poke the soffit for any sign of damage or weakness, as some may not always be visible. You’ll also need to do this in case any pests or small animals have made a home in your soffits. 

If you happen to notice that part of your soffit has sustained damage, don’t attempt to DIY the repair. It’s better to hire professional roofers to get the job done if you want your replacement to go smoothly. While you might just replace the damaged soffit, if several parts are also affected, it may be better to get a full replacement. You should also consider upgrading to a different replacement material that’s more durable and resistant to different weather conditions. Some materials are more suited to withstand damage from water leaks, pests, and other small animals.

Common Soffit Issues to Look for

If your roof isn’t properly maintained, they become more susceptible to rot. It usually starts at the soffit, as it’s one of the most likely places to get water damage. Rot comes from moisture accumulated within your roofing system, which can be caused by structural flaws such as rusted/damaged flashing and loose/missing shingles. If left unaddressed, it can lead to mold growth and additional repair costs! 

Whether it’s soffit or roof replacement, you can always count on the services offered by Next Level Roofers! To get started, call us at (407) 237-7960 or by filling out our convenient contact form online. We serve our customers in Florida, including The Villages (Leesburg) and Sumter County!