Understanding the Soffit
In roofing terms, the soffit is the underside of the eave,
that is, the area between the exterior of the house and the edge of the
roofline. When we talk about installing a soffit, this typically refers to
“boxing” in that underside of the eave to hide the rafters or trusses
from view. The most commonly used materials for box soffits are plywood, cement
board, and vinyl. It is important that the soffit be vented at regular
intervals to allow air to flow in and out of the
attic of a house, especially if that attic is non-livable space.
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