A soffit with reference to structures is the underside of the building section such as the underside of the overhang on a roof on top of a building. There are also soffits located on ceilings, cornices and undersides of the stairways. The most familiar type of soffit is under the eaves on the outside of a house or building. In most cases the soffit is made of wood and can be decorative in nature adding to the charm and design of a home. No soffit is made the same and they are all different depending on the architecture of the building that they reside on.
The soffit is susceptible to severe weather damage due to its location. This may mean that you will require the services of a professional to make repairs on the soffit from time to time. This is especially true if you have water damage on the property due to a roof leak or missing roofing tiles. The soffit might also need to be replaced or repaired if you decide that you want a new roof put on the home. A professional can help you to decide what materials are best used for the soffits on your building and arrange for the installation or repairs at the same time as the new roof installation. One of the causes for severe soffit damage is an attic that does not have proper ventilation and traps heat inside. If this is the case the contractor will also want to add proper ventilation to the home to ensure no further damage is done.