How to Install a Roof Soffit Vent How to Install a Roof Soffit Vent

If you feel that air inside your attic is not conditioned enough or you see a dilapidated look of curled or even discolored shingles on the rooftop, you might want to consider installing a roof soffit vent in the room. These vents are also ideal for drawing cool ventilated fresh air in the room.  The problem of lack of ventilation is usually seen in old houses with no soffit vents. If you live in an old house and need to give your attic new ‘lungs’, follow these steps below to install a soffit vent were required.

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need:

  • Ladder
  • Marker
  • Drill Machine
  • Soffit Vent
  • Claw Hammer
  • Safety Glasses
  • Tape Measure
  • Reciprocating Saw

Step 1: Deciding Where to Install the Soffit Vent.

Using a ladder, climb up the attic at the spot where you want to install the soffit vent. The rationale place to install the vent would be between the house wall and the fascia board.

Once you are clear about the right place of the soffit vent, mark the spot using a marker. Then make use of a drill machine or alternatively a hammer and a long nail, to make a hole on the marked surface.

Step 2: Placing a Cardboard Template

Cut a cardboard about half smaller than the intended size of the vent. This template will be used as a mounting surface. Before it can be used however, you need to put a hole in the center of the card. Now carefully step on the ladder and put the template right under the hole that you drilled so that the two holes are in line. It is important for the cardboard to have an identical space from the vent edges. Therefore it is recommended to use a tape measure to accurately place the template.

In the outline, a starter hole needs to be drilled and the drawing should be cut out using a reciprocating saw.

Step 3: Installing the Soffit.

Soffit vents come in two types of units. The first had a frame on which you can align narrow strips of glass, plastic or metal once it has been bolted on the roof. The major advantage for this is that if you want to make a large vent, you can manage each strip as per your preference. The other type is a continuous vent. This is best suited if you are make a small vent.  Small vents are traditionally less than 16 inches in width.

Now you need to position your soffit vent under the hole just cut and drill holes in line with the screw holes of the soffit vent. If you do not have a drill machine, use a hammer to permanently secure nails in on the roof so that the vent does not move from its place.

Step 4: Testing The Ventilation

You can test the ventilation of the room by burning a matchstick. Observe to see if the smoke produced stays in the room or goes out via the vent. If the smoke stays in, you need more vents otherwise this one vent would suffice.

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