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Roofing Eaves: How Necessary Are They?

February 16, 2021
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One of the defining characteristics of any structure is its roof. While the roof plays a huge role in protecting you and your home, we all love our roofs to look as much appealing as possible without going over our budget in repairs and maintenance. To prevent all unnecessary expenses due to water damage in your home, installing roof eaves is essential.

Roofing eaves is common, especially with most conventional architecture. Besides the aesthetic role their offer to the entire structure, they serve many functions, notably, keeping rainwater away from the building's walls and structure. But in recent times, the rise in modern building designs has started a trend where roof eaves are omitted. This has left a lot of questions—is roofing eaves still a necessary roofing design? These roofs without eaves, how can they effectively drain rainwater?

What Are Eaves?

Eaves are the edges of a roof. These edges usually extend over the side of a building, hanging over the face of the walls. These reasonable extensions protect the wall from the effects of rainwater and keep water away from intruding through the point where the roof meets the wall. Since the eaves are formed as the roof's rafters extend and overhang the building walls, offering support to the roof's load, it's a no brainer that this extension can offer shade to a building, assisting in maintaining a right ambiance in the home.

There are different styles of eaves. Some of them can be adopted for aesthetic purposes, helping to define a building's architectural style. This essential part of the roofing has to be done properly to prevent birds from nesting and forestall any water ingress chances. Hiring the services of the best roofing contractor near you can be so much rewarding than you'd ever imagined.

Are Soffits And Eaves The Same Thing?

It's much easier for most people to mix soffits and eaves up. As soffits and eaves are closely related roofing parts, taking an eave as a soffit and the other way round is pardonable.

While eaves refer to the edges of a roof that extends over the building's side, a combination of soffit and fascia that adorn the overhang of a roof, soffits describe the eaves' underside.

What Are The Categories Of Eaves?

There are four categories of eaves;

  • Soffited
  • Exposed
  • Boxed in
  • Abbreviated

Each of these styles comes with its appeal. Always talk with your local roofer to know which style will boost your home's aesthetics more.

What About Roofs With No Eaves?

Recently, many builders are creating sloping roofs with no eaves. While this style may prove to be a little more minimalist, the problem of water infiltration and rain drainage is always a cause of concern. To provide the same or close to the same functionality as eaves, some structures without eaves now affords;

  • A minimal overhand
  • Exterior cladding
  • Hidden gutter

The eaves don't only protect your home from ice, rain and snow, but also blocks out summer sun, reducing the heating and cooling costs of your home.

When eaves are not well installed, your home is exposed to the harsh impacts of weather. Get the best value roofing services now in NY, call and visit Royal Renovators at 118-35 Queens Blvd Forest Hills, NY 11375 (718) 414-6067 https://www.nycrenovators.com/

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