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Soffit is an architectural term for a vertical band under a roof edge and guttering a term to describe a construction element able to facilitate the run-off of rainwater. This makes them important for improving water drainage from your roof and keeping it in good condition. A soffit board is technically part of the roof system of your house, but from the ground, it looks like part of the wall. Its purpose is to cover the ends of the roof rafters and attach your guttering to. The soffit is fixed directly to the lower ends of the roof trusses and usually does all the work of supporting the lower edge of the bottom row of tiles. Soffits are considered an essential part of the construction of a building and can help ventilate the roof. Soffits helps to prevent water and animal ingress into the roof and loft space, as well as creating a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, compared to open or rough ends of roof rafters.

Vented Soffits vs Non Vented

Completely sealing off the interior of your home from the outside might seem like a good idea, but it actually can lead to air quality issues and even damage to your home's interior. Instead, you want to ensure the exterior of your home is designed with proper ventilation in mind.

Soffit and fascia are two important elements of a proper roof system when it comes to ventilation. Soffits are the boards under your roof eaves while fascias run parallel along your roof, where gutters are placed. While fascia is important for both sealing off the soffit and aesthetics, the soffit itself is what provides ventilation to the attic.

Soffit comes in two forms: vented and non-vented. The difference between vented and non-vented soffit is usually easy to see (vented soffit has holes while non-vented does not). You could use a combination of both vented and non-vented soffit on your home for proper ventilation, depending on how much ventilation you need.

How Vented Soffit Differs From Non-Vented

The primary reason for installing vented soffit is to ensure that your home has proper air circulation in the attic. While it may seem contrary, having proper ventilation actually prevents issues related to moisture build-up and increased energy costs. Some issues from not having proper airflow are moisture build-up and ice dams. Moisture enters the attic space from both outside the house and inside the house as a result of showering, cleaning and doing laundry. Without proper airflow this moisture is unable to escape and can lead to mildew and mold, and can shorten the life of your shingles.