Roofing Terms: Fascia

Roofing Terms: Fascia

In our last article we talked about the soffit.  For this article, we’re going to continue to explore that section of the roof by discussion the fascia.  The fascia is, in an architectural sense, the horizontal frieze or band that is situated directly underneath the edge of the roof. Fascia is a Latin word that means “band, bandage, ribbon, or swathe.”   In classical architecture, it was a plain, wide band that was underneath the entablature and directly above the columns.  In modern architecture, the fascia tends to sit up under the soffit and directly behind the gutters, and creates a trim around the edge of the house. This trim can create a finished, ordered look to the exterior of the home that is extremely pleasing. Fascias are an often overlooked but extremely important part of your roof.  Not only do they fill the hole underneath the soffit (which helps protect wandering animals from gaining access to the inside of your home), they also help support the gutters, protect the roof from weather damage, and, together with the soffit, can be a part of any attic ventilation system. Because the fascias on your home are continuously exposed to the elements and, potentially, to all sorts of animals, it is important that they are routinely inspected for wear, rot, and damage.  If any problems are detected, the fascia should be replaced in order to ensure that the rest of the roof continues to receive the support that it needs. Fascias can be painted a wide variety of colors, and are an easy way to change or update the exterior of...
Roofing Terms: Soffit

Roofing Terms: Soffit

When it comes to your roof, many people think only of the tiles or shingles.  However, there are many different parts that can make up your roof.  To help make you a master, over the next few blog posts we will talk about some of the different parts and terms that you should know. For this article, we’re going to talk about the soffit.  Soffit is a term that comes from both French and Latin.  The English word soffit is derived from the French word soffite, which translates to “formed as a ceiling,” which is derived from the Latin word suffigere, which means, “to fix underneath. ” Both of these definitions help us to understand the purpose of the soffit on your roof. In short, the soffit is the underside of any construction element.  This can mean the underside of an arch or even a flight of stairs.  Usually, however, when someone is talking about a soffit, they are referring to the underside of the area of the roof that starts at the exterior of the house and runs to the outer edge of the roof (i.e. where the roof hangs over the edge of the home).  This area is also sometimes called the eaves. A soffit can be as short as a few inches or as long as a few feet.  The length of the soffit (i.e. how far it sticks out from the edge of the home) can have a substantial impact on the overall look of your home. There are several things that you can do with your soffit in order to change the appearance of...