What is Ventilated Soffit and Why Is It Important to Your Home?

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The soffit is one of the most overlooked part of your home’s façade. Tucked up under the overhang of your roof, your soffit helps finish your eaves as well as porch roofs and overhangs. When these areas need airflow, however, to help ventilate the home and keep air circulating throughout your attic, you need more than a simple soffit made of solid wood or vinyl; you need a ventilated soffit designed just for this purpose. And like anything that you put on your home’s exterior, your ventilated soffits need to be designed to hold up to the elements, giving you both the style and the durability you’re looking for. That’s why fiber cement ventilated soffits from Allura make such a great choice for so many homes.

Why Ventilated Soffits

Attic ventilation is one of the most crucial parts of your home. Located beneath your roof and at the top of your home, your attic is a prime position to become super-heated, trapping hot, moist air nearly year round. When this happens, some of that heat may transfer back down into your living areas during the warmer months of the year, raising your energy bills. At the same time, that hot air could be helping to cook your roof, leading to its deterioration.

During the winter months, warm moist air collecting in your attic can lead to mold and mildew growth. It can also lead to the formation of ice dams by melting the snow on your roof and allowing it to refreeze at the edge.

Ventilating your attic keeps air circulating through the area, which means that the air up there never becomes as hot or moist as it would otherwise. And while there are many different ways of ventilating your attic, and the best methods involves two or more ventilating devices at once, one of the easiest and least invasive ways to ventilate is through your soffits.

Ventilated soffits are perforated with tiny holes that help air pass in and out of your attic space. Combined with a fan, ventilated soffits keep air flowing in the area you need it most. And they do it quietly and unobtrusively so you don’t have to hear or see the venting happening.

Why Fiber Cement

Ventilated soffits are an important part of your home. They keep air moving and complete the curb appeal for your home by matching your home’s trim, color, or porch roofing. That’s why you need to invest in a soffit that is going to hold up to whatever the elements throw at it. A wood soffit may eventually begin to rot, as well as peel or warp as the years go by. This means that you will be continuously scraping, painting, and replacing your soffits every few years to keep them in good condition and keep the air flowing through your attic.

Some people choose to use vents that are cut into their soffit, but this just means that there’s a greater risk of leaks, and more parts to eventually fail and replace.

Fiber cement ventilated soffits are different. Made of the same durable fiber cement as Allura’s siding. And because the vents are perforated right into the soffit itself, there are no additional parts of fail or replace over time either.

Fiber cement soffits come in both a natural looking wood grain that easily matches the rest of your home’s exterior, as well as a smooth soffit that matches architectural panels for a more contemporary appearance. And because they come in 28 solid colors and stains, you can easily coordinate them with your siding, trim, or porch roof for a seamless look. So no matter what your home’s style or color, you can get the attic ventilation you need to help your home perform better with a soffit that effortlessly blends in with its surroundings.

Allura’s ventilated soffits are ¼-inch thick, making them easy to install anywhere you need them, including under your eaves and on your porch ceiling. Combine cedar or smooth ventilated soffits with solid soffits to get the look and function you need on your home’s exterior. Available in 12-, 16-, and 24-inch widths and in lengths of 12-feet, you can customize your soffit to fit your home’s façade easily.

Ventilate Your Home

Keeping air flowing is one of the best things you can do for your home, eliminating excess heat, lowering energy bills, preventing mold, and maintaining your roof all at once. Now with ventilated soffits from Allura you can do all that with the style and durability you’ve come to expect from fiber cement as well. Make sure you install fiber cement ventilated soffits on the underside of the overhangs on your exterior to get the best protection possible for every part of your home.

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