External soffits can become damaged due to a range of issues. In most cases, extreme weather conditions are the main cause of damage, though animals, bugs, and moisture build-ups are also potential factors. Any bird or squirrel nests inside eaves are also an indication that damage may have happened.
While commonly found in other areas of the home, notably in exterior settings, soffits can also be found within the kitchen.
Kitchen soffits emerged in the late 1960s as a decorative feature that functioned to hide mechanical components, pipes, and wires, as well as any other feature that compromised the overall aesthetic of the kitchen.