What are soffits & why do houses have soffits?

Soffits are an essential component of a home’s roofline and feature on the vast majority of homes in the UK. However, what they are and why they’re fitted on houses is not common knowledge. So to give you an idea of what they are and what they do, we’ve created this short blog.

What are soffits?

Soffits are the boards that connect the overhanging part of the roof to the side of the property. They’re most commonly found around the main roof of a building; however, they’re regularly seen under porches, arches and columns too.

Why do houses have soffits?

Houses have soffits fitted because they perform practical and aesthetical functions for them. Aesthetically, they cover the roof’s eaves, meaning without them the rafters would be visible for all to see. As they’re available in a range of colour options, homeowners can also enhance the character of their property in a way that is unique to them.
Regarding their function, soffits ensure that your rafters aren’t exposed to the weather. Also, soffits are able to be ventilated to help prevent condensation.
A house with white fascias and soffits

When do I need vented soffits?

Having vented soffits or eaves ventilation is a legal requirement for all newly built properties. However, Roofline Solutions Home Improvements Ltd recommends that adequate ventilation is provided on all refurbishment projects, regardless of how old the property is but in some instances it isn’t feasible.

PVCu soffits from Roofline Solutions Home Improvements Ltd

If you require a set of replacement soffits along with replacement fascias for your property, the team at Roofline can help. Our range of high-quality PVCu soffits are:

  • Low maintenance. However, we recommend cleaning them with a non-abrasive sponge and soapy water annually for longevity.
  • Available in a variety of colour options, which can be matched to our full selection of roofline products.
  • Cost-effective
  • Immune to rotting and highly resistant to cracking and chipping
  • Covered by a 10-year guarantee, although they’re expected to last considerably longer

Interested in replacing any, or all of the parts, of your home’s roofline? We offer replacement & the installation of uPVC fascia & soffits, as well as many other products. Get in touch with us today. You can call us on 01252 852 336 or send us a message online.