Vinyl Downspouts as Baffles in Rafter Bays
Hi! I have a 1970’s contemporary in Zone 5 (Massachusetts) It has a vaulted ceiling with 2×6 rafters, R19 fiberglass, and no baffles.
The attic has has mold issues before (before we bought the house this summer) and I want to make sure they don’t come back.
I started with air sealing, and have most of it done, mostly from the interior due to the cosmetic beams. Will finish the rest soon.
I figure I should still have baffles though. I was looking at the vbaffle for retrofits, and they look great, but they are on infinite backorder.
I came across the idea of using vinyl downspouts. So I took a 4″ x 3″ downspout and ripped it into a 4″ wide 1.5″ deep U shape. I then slid it down the rafter bays. It worked!
Is there any reason doing the rest of the rafter bays is not a good idea?
I figure the outside of the U will get condensation on it as it is cold. Should I drill some holes through to allow the condensation to vent out? Or will it go into the sheathing and then wick into the baffle space and vent out that way?
Eventually I plan to add a interior layer of polyiso and drywall over that.
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