Soffit, in architecture, describes the underside of any construction element. Examples of soffits include:

* the underside of an arch or architrave,

* the underside of a flight of stairs, under the classical entablature,

* the underside of a projecting cornice, or side of chimney

* the underside of a ceiling to fill the space above the kitchen cabinets, at the corner of the ceiling and wall,

* the exposed undersurface of any exterior overhanging section of a roof eave.

In popular use, soffit most often refers to the material forming a ceiling from the top of an exterior house wall to the outer edge of the roof, i.e., bridging the gap between a home's siding and the roofline, otherwise known as the eaves.

Soffit exposure profile on a buildings' exterior can vary from a few centimetres to well beyond a meter depending on construction. It can be non-ventilated or ventilated for cooling non livable attic space.

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