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July 29, 2022 Kathi Markan

July HUD-REAC Newsletter: Roofs – Damaged Soffits/Fascia/Soffit Vents (Building Exterior)

In this July 2022 issue of our HUD-REAC Monthly Newsletter, I am going to discuss the deficiency: Roofs: Damaged Soffits/Fascia/Soffit Vents because it has come to my attention that inspectors are not recording the deficiency correctly which is costing the property much-needed points. This deficiency can only be recorded under the inspectable area: Exterior.


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You have until August 1st to submit your feedback to HUD on the 13 questions they have posted regarding NSPIRE protocol.  It is IMPERATIVE that you get involved because NSPIRE will replace the current REAC protocol. 

Click here to read HUD’s questions and how to provide the feedback: June Newsletter – NSPIRE: HUD Requests Public Feedback

Fascia, Soffits and Eaves – What are they?

Soffits are boards that cover roof overhang, finishing off its look while helping prevent small animals from accessing your attic.  A soffit is a critical component to prevent decay and eventual roof failure due to excess moisture accumulating in your attic. While they are traditionally made out of wood, soffits can also use aluminum and vinyl as their main material.

Eaves are part of the roof system…soffits are part of the eave!  This is important because we see peeling paint on eaves all the time, however the deficiency is for damaged soffits, soffit vents and fascia boards…not eaves.  There are open eaves (overhang with no soffit) and box eaves (overhang with soffit)

Fascia boards cover the rafter tails and give the roof a finished look, along with soffits. Often installed in a vertical orientation, they help solidify your system by providing a space where hangers of your gutters can be fastened. Apart from wood, fascia boards can also be made from composite, aluminum and fiber cement.

HUD’s Deficiency Levels – Roofs – Damaged Soffits/Fascia/Soffit Vents:

  • Level 1 – You see damage to the soffits, fascia or soffit vents, but no obvious opportunities for water penetration
  • There is no Level 2
  • Level 3 – Soffits, fascia or soffit vents that should be there are missing or so damaged that water penetration is visibly possible.
  • Note: Foundation vent openings are not an inspectable item and not recorded (per the Compilation Bulletin)