Sometimes homeowners overlook those smaller items on their homes that seem unimportant. Did you know that each element of the exterior of your home has a purpose? Sure, some of them - like window boxes and shutters - are decorative in nature and serve to add to the curb appeal of your home. But there are others that are essential. That includes vented soffits. The soffit is the underside of your roof - the eaves area. Soffits (in conjunction with fascia boards) cover up the exposed areas at the edge of your roof. Not only do the soffit and fascia provide a finished look and add more protection, they are also essential to keeping your roof working properly. And most of the time - especially if you have any older home - those soffits should have vents. Adequate air flow under the roof and into the attic space serves a number of purposes:
- Brings in fresh, cool outside air, forcing the warmer air out through vents at the top the roof or in the gable ends. This helps to keep the attic cooler and helps the home to 'breathe.' That translates into lower A/C bills in the summer.
- Minimizes moisture build-up inside your attic space, preventing wood rot and mold. This is a crucial function here in the Twin Cities, when our summer weather can be humid. But moisture from within your home can build up in your attic as the warm air rises. Moisture is created in a number of ways indoors - from cooking, showering, and even breathing.