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Mucluk 01-26-2012 06:31 AM

Hidden Soffit Vents
Recenlty moved into new home, soffit vents exist, but they appear to have been just installed over the existing soffit wood (no vents made underneath to allow air flow). I am working with a contractor who is going to take down existing soffit vents and install a continues vent, then intall new soffit vents. The contractor is planning on installing Hidden Soffit Vents. Lenght of roof is 30' but soffit overhang is only about 4-5". Im concerned that the Hidden Soffit Vents will not provide enough air flow in the attic. Can I get your thoughts on using the Hidden Soffit Vents? Should I just ask contractor to use standard soffit vents? thanks

Windows on Wash 01-26-2012 06:38 AM

Hidden soffit vents are fine too and will work. You are going from no soffit venting so anything will be an improvement.

What is the venting like on the top side?

Mucluk 01-26-2012 06:42 AM

top of roof currently has 3 roof vents. Contractor said that in the summer he could come and install a 20' ridgevent. Question on that. If a ridge vent is installed, should the 3 existing roof vents be covered up or can they remain open?

Windows on Wash 01-26-2012 07:03 AM

They should be removed/covered up.

You never want to create a scenario where you have more exhaust than intake.

It should always be balanced or heavier on the intake area side.

joecaption 01-26-2012 08:15 AM

If he's going to remove the soffit that's covering the old soffit area why would he not just remove the old plywood or 1 X completly and just go back over it with the hidden vent? Sounds like he's going to add a vent then go over it again with another vent. Makes no since.

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