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How to Insulate an Attic That Has No Soffit?

What is the best way to insulate the floor of an attic if the house does not have soffit vents – or any soffits at all?  There is a ridge vent and two gable vents for ventilation.  Do I need to install special soffit-less vents, or can I insulate right into the corners of the attic, right up to the roofing boards?    I live in New England and am concerned with ice dams.

The Money Pit Answer

There's a type of vent called an edge vent, specifically designed for this purpose.  Edge vents basically extend the roof edge by a few inches so you can pick up space for soffit insulation.  A ridge vent is good, but is only half the equation. 
Unfortunately for your situation, edge vents are best installed as part of a larger roofing project.  The roof basically starts at the edge of an edge vent, so it's difficult to add them after the fact. 

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