Roof repairs typically involve replacing damaged shingles and rusted flashing, but the overhang of a roof is often the first area to succumb to rot, peeling paint and other weather-related problems. The good news is, unlike most roof repairs, you can fix an eave or gable overhang (rake) without climbing onto the roof.
Soffited eaves and gable overhangs are susceptible to water damage caused by ice dams, improper flashing, torn shingles, and faulty gutters. And once water has seeped in, the rot spreads quickly because the wood stays soggy inside the dark, dank space. Damage is also caused by birds and squirrels nesting inside eaves. These animals have been known to chew or peck through a perfectly sound eave, but they’re especially attracted to a water-damaged fascia or soffit, which offers less resistance. Bees and hornets also build nests in and under eaves. Call an exterminator if you notice bees or hornets congregating around an eave — even if you don’t see the nest.
Soffit is the layer of wood, vinyl or aluminum that extends from the bottom of the fascia to the top piece of your wall board. Together, they protect the rafters from weather, moisture, and allow air to flow through soffits and vents. Airflow is important in the enclosed attic space to keep the temperatures equal. If your home’s soffit needs to be replaced or you do not have soffit, we can install it for you. We currently offer and install perforated vinyl soffit.
In the cases where a home has no fascia, and installing fascia is not an option, Great American Gutters that just do Gutters are able to install a gutter without the fascia by using roof straps. The roof straps attach to the hidden hanger inside the gutter and secure right onto the roof. If the roof is older, it is not recommended to lift up the shingles to insert the strap. This can damage or break shingles. In most cases the roof strap must be secured on top of the shingles. Installing a gutter system using this process is strong, but is not often as strong as installing with a fascia. Roof hangers are also not as aesthetically pleasing. If your home has a slate, tile or cedar shingle roof, it is highly recommended that you do not use the roof strap method.