In order to understand soffit integrity, let’s define exactly what a soffit is. The soffit is the material beneath the eave or roof overhang at the edges of your roof. Soffits can also be on the underside of a porch or patio. They are made of a variety of materials from wood to vinyl, and to ensure proper attic ventilation, they are often vented.
Soffit integrity refers to the condition this material is in. Over time, soffit material can become damaged by the elements or by construction of some type. This condition, left unchecked, can lead to easy access for a variety of pest including birds, insects, and larger wildlife like squirrels and raccoons. Fortunately, most pest are opportunist, meaning they simply take advantage of a condition that already exists.
Inspect your Soffits Annually
By ensuring that your soffits are sealed and in good condition, you stand a very good chance of making sure your neighborhood wildlife does not decide to take up residence in your attic. Making a visual inspection of your home on an annual basis, if not seasonally, is a good practice. Note any damage and repair immediately to avoid costly damage to your home and costly pest removal.
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