Guide to Soffit, Fascia & Eavestroughs

guide to eavestroughs, soffit and fascia house imageSoffit, fascia, and eavestrough might not be words you hear come up very often—these three features of your roof play an important role in keeping your home dry and protected from the elements. But what happens when a component of this system fails?

Read on to learn more about these roof elements and how to tell when they might need some TLC.

What are the different types of eavestroughs?

Rain gutters control runoff so it doesn’t damage your house’s foundation, siding, or property. Here are some of the most common types of gutters:

Aluminum

The most popular material for rain gutters.

PROS:

  • Rust resistant
  • Lightweight and easy to install
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Can last 25 years

 CONS:

  • Has potential to dent or bend

Vinyl

The cheapest option. It’s fairly easy to cut and install yourself, since it’s lightweight, and comes together in a snap!

PROS:

  • Light and cost-effective
  • Can be easily painted
  • Perfect for DIY
  • Not affected by salty air
  • Corrosion and rust-resistant

 CONS:

  • Becomes brittle in extreme temperatures
  • The colour can fade with long-term sun exposure
  • Prone to cracking

Zinc

Offers great durability because of their ability to resist rust, weathering, and warping.

PROS:

  • Long-lasting durability
  • Resistant to rusting, warping, or fading
  • Will develop an attractive patina

CONS:

  • Quite expensive
  • Not ideal for DIY
  • Intolerant to coastal environments or acid runoff

Steel

On average lasts longer than aluminum gutters—especially in climates with extreme weather.

PROS:

  • Holds up in extreme weather conditions
  • Can be easily painted

CONS:

  • Not rust resistant
  • Not ideal for DIY
  • Is heavier than other gutter materials

Copper

Has a very distinct shine, but its luster will eventually change to a greenish patina.

PROS:

  • Beautiful colour and shine
  • Extremely durable
  • Not prone to rusting or warping

CONS:

  • Develops a greenish patina over time
  • High sticker price
  • Not recommended for DIY

Considering eavestrough replacement? Visit our eavestroughs page to learn more or contact us to get a quote.

What is soffit & fascia?

The soffit is underneath the overhang where your roof meets your siding. Your soffit allows your roof to ventilate, allowing cool, dry air to be drawn into the soffit vent, and hot, moist air to be pushed out of the roof exhaust vents.

Fascia is essentially a decorative edge that runs between your roof overhang and the roof, giving your roof a finished look. Though the fascia gives a clean finish, it also acts as a moisture-proof barrier and supports the roof shingles.

How can you tell when your soffit and fascia need to be replaced?

Since the fascia and soffit are integral to the roof’s ventilation system, it is important to keep them maintained. Here are some signs yours may need to be replaced:

  • Noticing rotting wood, or leaks
  • Chipped or peeling paint on the fascia and soffit
  • Signs of discoloration
  • The sudden appearance of vermin or pests

Think it may be time to replace a component of your roof? At Gable 2 Gable Renovations, we understand you want to make the best decision for your home, so we guarantee quality workmanship you can trust. Contact us today for a free quote.

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