Many homeowners do not have a thorough understanding of the complicated structure that is their home, only troubling to learn more about specific parts of their house when problems with those parts arise. For instance, most people never pay attention to their home’s soffit until told by roof repair pros that it needs repair or replacement.
It pays to know more about the various components of your home, such as the soffit, and it also wouldn’t hurt to be aware of the common issues that can cause soffit damage. Here are some of those issues:
Rodents and Nesting Birds
It’s not unusual for birds, squirrels and other small animals to make themselves at home and start nesting inside the eave space. When this happens, they can shred materials or bring in twigs and leaves for their nest that can eventually cause damage.
If there are flaws in the structure of your roofing system, your soffit will also be susceptible to damage, especially if there are missing shingles.
Clogged or Improperly Installed Gutters
You probably already know this, but gutters that aren’t installed correctly or that are clogged with leaves and debris can cause a lot of damage, and not just to your home’s soffit. Problems with the gutter could mean costly roof repairs in the future.
Once you start to notice signs of soffit damage like rotting or separation from the eaves, it’s very likely that the space beneath it is in even worse condition. Replacing the soffit on your own is not a good idea at this point because the underlying structure is very probably damaged as well.
All kinds of roof repair, including the replacement of soffits, should be performed soley by a properly trained professional who has the right tools and sufficient knowledge to solve the problem and not cause further damage.
A&A Services Home Improvement provides you with reliable services for all your roofing and home improvement needs. You can request an estimate or call our staff at (978) 219-2343 to learn more about our services. Our team serves Salem, Peabody, Andover, and nearby areas.