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Old 07-16-2008, 03:53 PM   #1
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Soffit Venting for Aluminum Sofits


I have a problem with a very hot attic. I do not have enough roof or sofit venting... I Plan to install some roof vent this weekend.

My house has aluminum sofit vents... However they are the punched type and are spaced out about every 8ft or so... I don't think they provide enough air flow, plus I think they might be plugged with blown in insulation...


I cannot get close enough to the soffit from the attic because there is not enough room... So i do not know how I would clean out any insulation that is down there. How do I add more vents? I figured the best way to clean out the vent would be to take them down from the outside... and while I was at that... I could add some additional vents.


So how to I take those soffits down? Also, without damaging the aluminum facia covering that partially wraps around the edge?



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Look up my UserName and for "Posts" that I mention Smart Vent.

It is perfect for under-ventilated Intake Ventilation situations, without having to disturb your soffits at all.

It is a Shingle Over Style Fresh Air Intake Vent, which is tapered and gets installed along the bottom of the roof deck after you remove the old shingles.

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Hi, Thanks I have never heard of smart vent Before.

However, at the moment I do not think that will help me much since my roof is fairly new and I do not want to go ripping it up. I will consider it for when I actually tear off the roof.


I need advice on putting in more soffit venting. Should I cut the Aluminum and put up regular sofit vents? should I try to take the sofits apart and put in more punched style vents?

Does anyone one else have any other ideas?

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if you have soffits overhangs then cut an opening with a circular saw from end to end about 2" wide or more if you like. Then clad the whole overhang with custom bent aluminum on the fascia and a hidden vent vinyl soffit system. Or you can do aluminum soffit with a vented panel abotu every 5' or so.

Unlike Ed I am not at all a fan of smart vent, nor most intake products on the market. The other thing we have done where there is no overhang to create intake is to create a false fascia and make the whole fascia a continuious intake vent.
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