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I asked this in another post along with other questions but this one didn't get answered.
Is it ok to use all solid (non vented) aluminum soffit panels for your porch ceiling.
For appearance, I would like to do ALL solid on ceiling, up to where the beam is that the columns are under. Then in front of that beam where there is more soffit area near roof edge and gutters, I would go back to using alternating vented and non vented that is required for proper ventilation.
 

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I got to thinking about your porch and want to be sure of a couple of details.

1. Is there a high vent to allow hot air to escape?
2. Is the vented space above the soffits open to the space above the ceiling in that porch area?

There are options if there is no high vent.

Bud
 
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Currently the the only "vents" on the porch ceiling is the from the vented aluminum soffit we have up now. I am not sure if the space above the soffits is open to the space above the porch ceiling or not. All I can see is the soffit running across. I was not living here when the last was installed. I suppose we could investigate that. Not knowing anything about this exact situation (which is why I asked) I never thought about heat getting trapped on the porch with it being completely open space to the outside. The porch is only about 5 foot deep by 22 feet long. I hoped as long as the soffit in front of the beam (near edge of roof had the venting we would be ok. I have alot to learn! Here is the pic of what we currently have.
 

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Not enough info and no pictures.
Enclosed porch?
We live in Ohio, and I just tried to post a pic but its dark out, I may need to take more tomorrow when its light out. My porch is about 5 foot deep and 22 feet long. Completely open porch. Not sure what other details would be helpful. This porch is in constant shade at all times so no direct sun on it.
 

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I assume that is soffit to the right and porch to the left of that beam?
With a sloped roof above there almost has to be a continuous cavity from fascia in and over the ceiling.

In cases where there is no high vent you have to rely on some wind, it doesn't take much. And you double the vent area, all low.

Bud
 
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