If the attic space of a house becomes overheated, one easy solution involves installing a soffit vent. These ventilation solutions allow air from the outdoors to enter at the attic's lowest point, enhancing the airflow and lessening problems like condensation, excessive heat buildup and bubbling of asphalt shingles. In many cases, homeowners can install these vents themselves, although accessing tall or steeply sloped roofs is often best left to experienced Sugar Land roofing crews.
A little prep work is needed before a new soffit vent can be installed. First, any insulation must be removed from the spot where the opening will be made. Next, the homeowner or roofer must decide on the size and shape of vent to install. While inside the attic area, the homeowner will need to use a drill to make two holes. The holes will mark the ends of the soffit vent openings. The opening must be made between two rafters. To make these openings easier to see, a string or bit of cloth can be poked through the holes. If more than one vent is being installed, all the rest of the indicator holes should be made at this time.
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After this, the project should be completed when the weather is anticipated to be clear and mild.
Once the interior side of the attic is ready for an opening to be made, the rest of the activities will take place on the exterior side of the house. To make the job easier, especially if multiple vents are being installed, the property owner should create a template of the new vent's shape. The template should measure one half inch smaller than the actual vent to allow for overlap of the cover. A simple cardboard pattern will suffice. Making a hole in the center of the template helps with the cutting process.
Safety goggles and work gloves are necessary for the next phase of the project. A step ladder may also be helpful for easier access to the soffit. Using a jigsaw, the homeowner will pass the saw's blade through the centered hole and then begin cutting around the lines of the template. This continues until the complete vent opening has been cut out of the wooden soffit.
The vent can then be held in place over the opening. The appropriate kind of wood screws should be used to anchor the vent cover into place. If desired, the homeowner can then paint the vent cover to match the soffit. Continue installing additional vents as needed.