Quarve Contracting
Monday 27 June 2011

Replacing Your Roof? Don't Forget the Finishing Touches | Serving Golden Valley MN

Posted by at 10:22 PM

If you're replacing your old, deteriorated or damaged roof, now is a great time to refresh your home's exterior with new color-coordinated soffit, fascia, and rain-handling systems.  Quarve Contracting, one of the St. Paul/Minneapolis area's leading roofing contractors for over 27  years, also installs seamless steel soffit, fascia, and gutter systems.  When installed together properly, good quality soffit and fascia material is your home's first line of defense against damage from moisture (and resulting mold) entering your home's exterior structure beneath the roof and damaging the rafters.   Although soffit and fascia are often referred to as a unit because they are designed to work together,  they are two very different pieces of building material. 
  • Soffit covers the underside of your roof's eaves or overhang.   Soffit also allows ventilation under the roof edge, which is important in preventing mold and mildew from developing.
  • Fascia is the horizontal trim board that runs along the roof edge and covers the exposed end of the soffit.   It acts as a barrier between the edge of your roof and the elements it is exposed to, especially moisture.
Soffit and fascia are more susceptible to damage than just about any part of your home.  Water flowing off your roof can cause damage.  And insects and rodents like to burrow behind the material and nest behind in the space under the eaves.  If successful in penetrating this area, they can even invade your attic space.  While soffit is more apt to be damaged by flowing water than fascia boards, fascia can still rot and detach, and should be replaced immediately if this is detected.  And don't forget the gutters, either.  Once you've installed new soffit and fascia boards, it's a good time to add gutters as well.  These are meant to attach directly to the fascia board and carry water away - water that might otherwise damage the soffit.  And gutters also keep rain water directed away from your house.  Water flowing off a roof without gutters can do more than annoy you as it falls in a sheet over your entryway.  Water flowing down the side of a structure will find even the most minute openings or cracks in the caulking or trim and seep into your home's exterior structure, which can cause rot, mold, and mildew which can continue undetected until the damage is extensive.  Don't just stop at that roof replacement - add those important compontents to finish and protect your new roof.  Quarve Contracting will be happy to show you the beautiful selection of colors available in durable seamless steel from United States Seamless.  Contact us today for a free consultation.   Quarve is a Minneapolis full-service exterior home remodeling contractor, and we'll be happy to show you the great options available to protect your home.