Continuous Soffit Vent vs Vented Soffit Panels

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If you want to add ventilation to your attic, you may be unsure whether to purchase a continuous soffit vent or choose one which has part ventilation and part paneling. There are a number of reasons why you should choose one over the other, depending upon how much ventilation you need, and the size of your roof.

Advantages of the Continuous Soffit Vent

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There are some advantages to the continuous soffit vent. It is the best type of device to use when your roof has narrow eaves, and the soffit joist itself is less than 16 inches across. A bigger vent in this position could cause damage to the eaves and the roof, while the continuous soffit vent will fit securely. It is also a good choice if you need to ventilate a large amount of attic space, as the continuous vent allows more air into the vented space which helps with moisture, specifically condensation control.

Advantages of the Soffit Panel

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Vented soffit panels are good when you have a wider eave with a smaller amount of attic space. Here, you don't need to ventilate so much, and a continuous soffit vent could make the house too cold. Vented soffit panels offer a compromise, where you have smaller vents in between solid panels.

Experts agree that vented soffit panels coupled with ridge vents are the best way to ventilate your attic.