We talk a lot about roofs and how much they cost, how to repair them, and the importance of roofing maintenance. But what about the rest of the roofing system? In our opinion, a roof is only as good as its entire system, which includes the gutters as well as the fascia and soffits.
But why are they important? And what happens when those need to be replaced? Today we’ll answer these three points:
- How much does it cost to replace gutters, fascias, and soffits?
- What are they, and why are they important?
- How to maintain your gutters, fascias, and soffits and when to know it’s time to replace either your gutters or the fascia and soffit.
The Elements of a Roof: Gutters, Fascias, Soffits
As a homeowner, you know your roof and what type of shingle you have, but what about your soffits? Do you have a gutter system? These are vital facts that you should learn to properly care for your home.
What Is Fascia?
The fascia is the board that runs horizontally along the edge of your roof and under your gutter system. This board is essential because it creates space between your roof and your house and is the place where you can install your gutters.
If your fascia is dented or damaged from debris or hail, it can expose the edge of your roof, and water can leak underneath your shingles on the edge. This can lead to a lot of damage to your home, so it’s crucial to ensure that your fascia is always in good condition and replace it when necessary.
What Is a Soffit?
Soffits are only on roofs with an overhang because they are a vented component that sits on the underside of a roof overhang. Their purpose is to ventilate the attic, draw moisture away from your eaves, and keep rodents or pests from entering your home.
Soffits are vital to the overall condition of your roof and home’s exterior. If damaged, it can leave your home susceptible to water damage, wood rot, and insect or rodent infestations.
When and Where Are Gutters Appropriate?
Most people know what gutters are: they help catch and guide rainwater away from your home via downspouts. Gutters are vital to keeping your landscaping safe from pooling water, preventing erosion and foundation damage, and can even prevent water leaks in your attic.
There are a few situations where you DON’T need gutters on your home:
- Your roof has a long overhang. This can allow water to run off further from the house.
- Your landscaping slopes downward. There is less risk of water pooling around your foundation.
- Your climate gets little to no rain. Obviously, without rain, you don’t have much need for gutters.
- Your home is surrounded by concrete (sidewalks, driveway, or patio). This is built-in protection against pooling water.
However, if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, your landscaping slopes towards your house, your roof does NOT have an overhang, or your soil is mostly clay: install a sound gutter system.
How Do Gutters, Fascias, and Soffits Protect Your Roof?
Gutters, fascias, and soffits are all critical components of your roofing system because they work together to protect your roof and home. We’ve already gone over many of the benefits of each, but to reiterate:
- Gutters catch rainwater and direct it away from your home, preventing water damage to your foundation, siding, windows, doors, and landscaping.
- Fascia boards provide a barrier between your roof and your home, preventing water from leaking in and damaging your woodwork.
- Soffits ventilate your attic and help prevent moisture build-up, which can lead to wood rot, mold, and mildew.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace These Roofing Elements?
The cost of replacing any of these materials depends significantly on your home’s type, material, and size. For example, a small ranch-style home might only need new gutters, while a large two-story home could require a new gutter system, fascias, and soffits for a heftier price.
How Much Does Each Material Cost (Fascia and Soffit)?
Outside of the size of the project, the material costs are the greatest determiner of the overall cost of replacing fascias and soffits. Here are the average costs by material for each:
- Aluminum: $7-$21 per linear foot
- PVC/plastic: $3-$8 per linear foot
- Vinyl: $4-$9 per linear foot
- Wood: $1-$4 per linear foot
How Much Does a New Gutter System Cost?
Gutters are a little different because their cost varies significantly depending on the brand and quality of the gutters (and gutter guards). Also, gutters may not be required on all sides of your home, if at all. On sides where the landscaping flows downward away from your house or where there is cement below, gutters aren’t 100% necessary.
For the most part, you can expect a new gutter system (for an average of 150 linear feet) to cost as low as $1,000 ($7 per linear foot) to $5,000 ($33 per linear foot.)
What Can I Expect for Labor Costs?
And lastly, labor costs will also be a considerable portion of the total cost of replacing your gutters or soffits. Sometimes you may be able to do it yourself but hire a professional contractor to get the best work done.
The average home needs about 300 linear feet of fascia, and for $5 to $20 per linear foot and around 10-13 hours of labor, you can expect to pay between $750 and $1,500 for labor.
Meanwhile, the average home requires about 250 linear feet of soffits which comes out to around $600-$1,100 for labor installation.
Finding a Good Contractor for Fascia and Soffit Installation
The best thing you can do for your home is hire a professional roofer to handle any business related to your fascias, soffits, and gutters. They know the proper ways to remove, install, and repair these essential roofing elements to ensure your home stays efficient and protective for years to come.
Protect your home with best-in-class gutters and roofing systems with Northface Construction. Our team is ready to help you with your installation and repairs at a price that suits your budget. Reach out today for a FREE quote!