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Definition of Soffit

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Soffit

The underside of the roof overhang or porch ceiling that covers the rafter bottoms. This horizontal surface usually has vents to allow air into the attic.



Related Terms:

Cornice

Overhang of a pitched roof, usually consisting of a fascia board, a soffit and appropriate trim moldings.


Eave Vent

Vent opening located in the soffit under the eaves of a house to allow the passage of air through the attic and out the roof vents.


Framer

The carpenter contractor that installs the lumber and erects the frame, flooring system, interior walls, backing, trusses, rafters, decking, installs all beams, stairs, soffits and all work related to the wood structure of the home. The framer builds the home according to the blueprints and must comply with local building codes and regulations.


Conventional Mortgage

A mortgage that does not exceed 80% of the purchase price of the home. Mortgages that exceed this limit must be insured against default, and are referred to as high-ratio mortgages (see below).


Attic Ventilators

Screened openings in houses to allow for ventilation of an attic space.



Crawlspace Vent

An opening to allow the passage of air through the unexcavated area under a first floor. Ideally there should be at least two vents per crawlspace.


Eaves

The projecting overhang at the lower edge of a roof.


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Gable Vent

A louver mounted in the top of the gable to allow the passage of air through the attic.


Ridge Vent

A vent mounted along the entire ridge line of the roof to allow the passage of air through the attic or cathedral ceiling.


Roof Vent

A louver or small dome mounted near the ridge of the roof to allow the passage of air through the attic.


Ventilation

Creates a positive flow of air that allows the house to "breathe" and helps prevent moisture build-up year-round.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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