I'm in the upper mid-west, land of 4 months of winter, lots of snow,
and ice dams arriving every winter like clockwork.
#1. I've taken apart a couple soffits on my house, and they don't
appear to connect to the attic space. It looks as if the exterior
wall extends upwards all the way to the underside of the roof decking.
Does it still pay to vent the soffits? The existing soffits have
vents. A part of me wants to remove the top piece of siding to see if
cutting into it would add ventilation to the attic, but I'm not sure I
have the stones to do it. Every project I take on in this house
develops a bad case of "mission creep", and I should probably
concentrate on putting stuff back together before cutting more things
My plan is to vent the soffits anyway (adding double the amount of
vents currently installed) unless any of you come up with a pressing
reason not to.
#2. While I had the soffits apart, it occurred to me to possibly
reinstall them at an angle so that they would be tucked behind the
bargeboards. See the following diagram for details, showing the
current setup versus my plan:
Anyone see any problems with this plan? Water migrating upwards,
This would be for purely visual purposes, to make the peaks of the
rooflines more prominent and get rid of the ugly boxlike soffits
Advice, horror stories or any words even remotely related to this
subect are appreciated.