Can somebody tell me if it's okay to put soffit vents above windows or not?
(by over I mean in the eave that overhangs a window in a ranch style home).
My husband says it's okay and past messages of this group has said it's
okay or there is some Uniform Builder's Code regulation (which I could not
find on-line) that says it isn't.
Where can I find out for sure? If I called the city building department,
would they tell me?
you say you saw here where others said its ok. your husband says its ok.
why do you need another answer? if you dont trust the other answers why
would you trust me when i say you should put one there?
call and ask...???
im not sure if this is a troll or not.. very odd post...
I can't speak for building codes, but I once had a house with a big
attic fan and soffit vents over the windows. When the fan was on with
the windows open (as they had to be to provide incoming air) attic air
was being recirculated through the house. My suggestion is to *not*
have soffit vents near openable windows.
Thanks for the responses. There is one room on the west side of house
that gets really hot (the other rooms are confortable). We do have an
attic fan (on the east side), but we're pretty sure there's not enough
intake area (right now gable vents and 1 soffit vent that was a trial).
I'm not sure there's any place that the vents would look good, but if
it's not above the windows, we'll have to put in less to keep it
symmetrical. Plus if we don't put one over the west most window, the
next place is getting really close to the gutter.
A couple of years ago when we first thought about doing this, I could
have sworn there were some messages about code requiring vents not being
over windows, but I can't seem to find them now. We will try to put them
away from the windows anyway.
I did call the city building department, but the line was either busy or
I got a secretary that didn't know.
replying to Janet, Clint wrote:
I do not install soffit vents above any window. If the house catches fire one of
the first things the firefighters do is break out the windows. If there is
shooting flames coming out the window the whole from the soffit vent allows the
flame to reach the attic immediately. Catching fire to the attic.
On Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:40:31 AM UTC-5, Sam Hill wrote:
Not to mention that reason for not installing soffit vents above
windows is, IMO, pretty lame. If the house is compromised to the
point that flames high enough to reach the soffit are coming out
the windows, I doubt it's going to make much difference. And that
whole scenario is a 6 sigma event in my world. Around here they
use continuous soffit vents, it passes code, no problems. That's
what I have on my house.
On Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:23:56 AM UTC-5, trader_4 wrote:
When I had my roof replaced I went from gable end inlet vents and box vents
on the roof to continuous soffit inlet vents and a continuous ridge vent. I
blocked the gable end vents and added foam baffles from the soffits to
above the insulation. (That is a really sucky job in mid-summer. It's
no wonder my roofer quoted me a ridiculous price to do it.)
I agree with the 6 sigma reference. I'm not going make my attic venting less
efficient on the chance that a black swan might fly by.
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