The soffit is a finishing material, which can be cement or wood, that is placed to cover the underside of your roof overhang to improve aesthetics and help with ventilation. It serves other functions as well, including the following:
1. This material, specifically, is made as a passive ventilation unit for an attic. It keeps warm moisture in the air from entering, condensing wind and creating mold. It also helps your home breathe. With a vented soffit, air can flow through the vents to provide regular air circulation to your attic. Airflow is extremely important for your household. Should you have lanced-style vents, you can get proper airflow while limiting the moisture that can enter through the vents.
2. The soffit keeps pests from slipping into your home through the roofline or gutters and nesting in your attic. Understand that animals can cause damage to your roof and electrical systems, and may also contribute to unhealthy air quality. Ensure that roofing companies have it checked and/or fixed.
3. Soffit prevents water from blowing into your home. If you live in a humid area, rain and wind can push water under the eaves. Note that without proper protection of soffit, rain and moisture can make their way into your home.
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