Calgary EAVESTROUGH, SOFFIT AND FASCIA
Walking through a waterfall sounds amazing unless that waterfall is right over your front door. Unfortunately, it is easy to ignore the systems that keep things like this from happening until there is a noticeable problem. Taking care of the mundane details of life isn’t always a favorite thing to do. But the Eavestrough, Downspouts, soffits and fascia of your home are more than trim and details. They protect the structure of your home and direct water and moisture away from your building. Working together with your roof, these components are critical parts of your building’s exterior protection.
THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR INSPECTIONS AND REPAIR
Failing to maintain or fix damaged eavestrough and drainage systems can be costly for your home and its foundation. Calgary winters can cause problems with water buildup and pooling around the foundation of your home. As the ground becomes waterlogged, this can lead to flooding and leaking in your basement, which leads to more costly repairs in the future. From damaged foundations to mould and mildew growth, these damages can be serious. Melting snow that does not have a proper drainage system from the roof can to the ground can pool on the roof as well and cause damage there. Even if you do not see an obvious leak, increased moisture in your attic over time can lead to mildew and dry rot of your wood structures.
And damaged fascia and soffits can also let moisture or pests into your home, causing further damage to the interior. Whether the pests are just annoying critters or wood-destroying termites, this is definitely something you want to avoid. Sagging soffits also detract from the exterior appearance and value of your house or business, making it look poorly maintained and giving it an overall look of disrepair.
Damaged gutters, fascia and soffit, are also more vulnerable to subsequent damage from high-gust Chinook winds and melting snow. And even if your home or business seems intact after winter, a closer inspection for damage from those winds and snow is a smart way to protect your house or business.
Calling our team at Superior to inspect your home and make repairs if needed protects the structural integrity of your home and ensures that small problems do not turn into bigger ones.
WHY CHOOSE SUPERIOR?
Certified as a Red Seal Roofer, Superior is established as providing quality work that meets inter-provincial standards across Canada. We also carry these additional certificates and accreditations:
- Accredited AB business with the Better Business Bureau, with an A+ rating.
- Haag Inspection Certified, bringing credibility, peace of mind and faster resolution to your insurance claims.
- Certificate of Recognition (COR) recipient for our health and safety program.
- HomeStars Best of 2018 Award winner.
We make safety a constant priority, with a full-time safety coordinator. This enables us to quickly meet changing demands in health and safety and to continuously improve our standards. We are also members of the Alberta Construction Safety Association.
Superior provides courteous, respectful service when we are on your property. Our contractors are aware that you will be living in your home or conducting business in your office, store, or industrial building, and they will be professional throughout the process. And we clean up quickly when we are done. Plus, we start the process with a free inspection and estimate for all our clients.
And we have a track record of quality performance serving clients throughout the greater metropolitan Calgary area and the surrounding suburbs. Our clients have given us high ratings and positive reviews on both HomeStar and Google. Google us today and see what they have to say!
Finally, when the work is over, we provide a written labour warranty and 24-hour emergency service.
Q: What is the difference between the soffit and fascia?
A: A soffit is the material that is placed underneath the overhang, or eaves, of your roof. It covers the exposed rafters and protects them from insects, moisture, and rot. It also provides a more finished and attractive appearance for your home since the soffit can be built with materials similar to your siding and coordinated to match in colour. And it becomes part of your attics ventilation system, as it can be perforated or vented to allow heat and moisture from your attic to escape.
The fascia is the board that runs along the edge of the roof. It is visually between the soffit and roof edge, but it does much more than just close that gap. It provides support to the edge of the roofing and to the eavestrough. A building will have a fascia, even if a soffit has not been installed. And the ventilation provided by the soffit and fascia system may be vented over the fascia board instead of through vents in the soffit, making the fascia part of the attic ventilation system as well.
Other terms used in your home’s eavestrough and drainage system are downspouts, which are the pipes that carry the water to the ground; elbows, which are the bent pieces that change the direction of a trough or gutter, and brackets, which help connect the eavestrough to the house.
Q: What are the types of eavestroughs (gutters)?
A: Eavestroughs come in different materials and styles and are applied with different methods. One distinction is whether the troughs are in parts joined at the seams or one seamless piece wrapped around the building. Seamless has some distinct advantages because you do not have to worry about leaks or damage at the seams. However, seamless construction is not available in all materials.
Some of the varied materials are aluminum, vinyl, copper, zinc and galvanized or stainless steel. Coordinating with the look of the rest of your home or business and cost are two factors to consider when choosing your eavestroughs and downspouts. Some historical buildings even use wood to match the historical correctness and appearance of the building, but wood is not commonly used in modern eavestroughing, since the construction needs to be impervious to rust and water damage. When it is used, hardwoods that are resistant to rot, such as redwood, are the preferred choices.
In addition to materials, eavestroughs can also be styled in different ways. The two most common are K-Style and Half-Round. The K-Style does not look like the letter K, although its profile vaguely resembles the top part of that letter. It can hold more rain than a half-round, and it resembles crown moulding, which can provide an attractive appearance that coordinates well with vinyl, aluminum and wood or fibre-cement siding. Half-Round troughs look just like they sound, with a half-circle design and a lip on the edge. They are very efficient and look good with homes that have a masonry finish of brick or stone. The downspouts that accompany the gutters can be shaped in different ways as well – rectangular, round, or square.
GIVE US A CALL
Now that you know how important your eavestroughs, soffit and fascia are, give Superior Roofing a call to protect your home and keep it looking great!