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Old 04-04-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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How often should a soffit vent be?


Im going to be redoing my fascia and soffits this weekend. Roof Joists are 2"x6" with 16" centers I do believe. Im putting in solid non-vent soffit's.


How often should I have a soffit vent?

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Why install any soild vents?
I just do the whole run in vented and use unvented on the gables.

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Because I prefer the look and strength over what im choosing.
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Then you end up with a warmer roof then it should be which will shorten the life of the shingles, and can cause ice dams.
Trying to understand your logic on strength.
Is there something differant about yours that I'm missing?
If it's a really long over hang then you may need to add some center supports.
Got a picture of that area.
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What type of material are you using for the soffit - aluminum, vinyl, wood?
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Your soffit should be continuously vented, because atmospheric dirt clogs up the vents pretty fast. There is no appreciable difference in strength between solid and vented. The framing members that support the roof sheathing are called rafters, not joists, whether they are low slope and serve as joists or not. "Rafters" takes precedence in such case.

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got some photos of your overhang/facia board?

you could always install a cornice or facia vent.
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Im going to be redoing my fascia and soffits this weekend. Roof Joists are 2"x6" with 16" centers I do believe. Im putting in solid non-vent soffit's.

How often should I have a soffit vent?
There's a formula to determine how much soffit venting is needed based on the square footage of attic space. I think you can find it on building science.com. I have solid wood soffits which is the way the house was built. The builder didn't include soffit vents so I put small ones in myself about a year after buying the house. Then last year I swapped the smaller vents for the larger versions. Made a big difference in that snow doesn't melt for days whereas before it would have started to melt by the next day. I have about 15 soffit vents on each level (2stories).

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