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Old 10-16-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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I was installing mesh on the open eves on my hip roof garage and I started wondering if there were any advantages to using prefab soffits instead of screening the open eves?



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The bigger question is.....who did your roof nailing? Unless you like the look of nails sticking through....I don't think you have much choice. I would look into vinyl soffet with intergral vents.

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Don't you typically use nails that ALMOST stick through, so as to maximize their holding power? I am under the impression that nails that stick through are actually easier to pull out than those that almost stick out. No? thanks. j
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Don't mind the look of exposed nails, you can barely see them from the ground as this roof is on the 2nd story. I nailed on the new shingles with 1 1/4" nails and was under the impression that nails are supposed to go though the plywood sheathing? "The National Roofing Contractors Association and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association both suggest that the roofing nails should be long enough to penetrate the roof deck 3/4", or go completely through plywood or OSB type decking." http://www.roofhelp.com/roofingnailchart.htm http://roofgenius.com/roof-nail-size.asp

See any issues with how I'm installing the mesh screening?
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Installing bird blocks would be more effective (long term) and esthetically pleasing than what you’re doing.
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