When it comes to keeping your roof in good condition, fortunately, you do not need to be a roofing professional. Keeping your eyes and ears open for anything abnormal is typically the only thing you have to do, particularly when it comes to the roof's soffit and fascia. To stay on top of your roof repair or replacement needs, learn about some of the signs to look out for to determine when it's time to replace the soffit or fascia on your roof.
1. Odd Sounds
A roof fascia serves several purposes, but one of its more important functions is to serve as a form of pest control. The fascia board sets up a barrier that prevents rodents from being able to get inside the roof area.
When the fascia is damaged, it becomes increasingly easier for rodents to break through the barrier and get inside. If you hear unusual noises that sound like a small animal is roaming around, it is time to take a closer look. Keep in mind, these pests will continue to come into your home until you have the fascia repaired.
2. Ill Performing Gutters
Gutters are not attached directly to the roof; they are instead connected to the fascia. As a result, when the fascia starts to loosen and fail, the gutters attached to it will follow the same pattern.
Gutters that visibly hang low, or areas around the exterior of your home where water runs directly down your home instead of through the gutters could be an indication that the fascia is worn, and as a result, it is causing your gutters to underperform. A failure to address this issue could lead to foundation damage, so make repairs promptly.
3. Moisture Problems in the Attic
You should always keep an eye out for excess moisture in the attic. Provided your roof and all its' components are functioning correctly, moisture should not be a problem. However, when you notice that either the fascia or the soffits are no longer in good condition, they can create ventilation issues that can cause the moisture level inside the attic to rise. It is very important that you do not ignore this issue. A ventilation problem can eventually lead to mold growth inside the basement, that could spread through the insulation and beyond.
Should you notice any of these abnormal signs, it is always best to contact a home roofing professional sooner rather than later. Make sure you take action to protect your roof and home.