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Venting Your Roof’s Soffit

Utilising effective ventilation in your roof and attic space is key to a healthy and long lasting attic and or roof. There are a number of types of roof vents that your home or business can benefit from. A number of vent styles can be used in cooperation to create an ideal attic or roof ventilation system.

Soffit Ventilation

Soffit vents are one type of roof vent. The vents are installed on the underside of your roof soffit. Soffit vents work as an air intake system, which makes them different than most of the forms of roof vents.

Installing a soffit vent improperly can cause roof damage and lead to lacking ventilation benefits. Leave your soffit vent needs to an experienced professional.

Where Is The Roof Soffit?
The roof soffit is a small portion of your entire roofing system. Soffit areas are found on the overhanging underside of your roof. The soffit can be 1-2 feet wide and around the edge of your residential or commercial roofing system. When unwanted water is able to enter your attic, the water can flow and pool up in the soffit of your roof. This makes soffit areas quite vulnerable to water damage. Soffit ventilation combats the build-up of water in these areas, which makes the effective tool towards a long-lasting and highly functioning attic.

What Do Soffit Vents Do?
Soffit vents work as an air intake system. Soffit vents are commonly crafted from PVC or aluminum materials.  The vents allow for new air to flow up into the attic and promote drying as well as evaporation within the attic space. These vents do not have motors and are best used in cooperation with other air expulsion vents. Soffit vents require very little maintenance, are cost-effective and help increase the effectiveness of other vents. Soffit vents help protect your attic space from water damage, material deterioration and mold growth.

Soffit Vent Installation
The ease of installation is one major advantage to soffit vents. These vents have no motors and do not require any aspects of electrical installations. Rather a soffit vent is installed in the following 4 steps.
* Mark The Area Ð Place the vent over your soffit and outline the area that will be cut out. The area marked cannot require a cut of any roof rafters. The actual hole to be will cut out will be smaller than the vent itself. The cuts will be made about ? of an inch inside the vent outline.
* Drill Holes In The Area Ð 4 holes will be drilled in the corner of your vent outline.
* Cut Out The Area Ð The saw blade can then be placed into the drilled holes. The saw will cut out the area to be installed.
* Install The Vent Ð The vent can be installed with self-tapping screws. The vent needs to be installed with the louvers (vent strips) facing towards the home or business.
Mishandling the installation process can lead to an ineffective vent. Leave your soffit vent installation needs to an experienced ventilation contractor.

Get The Most From Your Soffit Vents
Soffit ventilation is very effective, though the vents are made much more effective when used in cooperation with other ventilation systems. If other vents are not used, the air brought in can be trapped. Ridge vents that run along the spine of your roof are effective for helping the air brought in by soffit vents to be expelled. Gable and power vents are also effective for expelling unwanted air from an attic space. A number of vents can be used to create a highly functioning ventilation system.

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