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Roof overhangs protect the integrity of the home's windows, siding and entrances, and help to shade the perimeter of the home. They can keep the basement or crawlspaces free from water damage and prevent rot on vulnerable places such as wood siding. They protect pathways from washing out during heavy rainfall. Modern houses often feature screens underneath the eaves that allow airflow and prevent excessive amounts of heat in the attic.

A common mistake many homeowners make is to fail to make the eave wide enough in order to save money on their budget. This can leave parts of the home exposed to the elements and cost the homeowner more money in the end. Homeowners are encouraged to ensure that their eaves are the appropriate width before installing a new roof, or to update their existing eaves if necessary. A Federal Way Roofing expert will be familiar with assessing the appropriate widths in order to ensure the entire home is protected.

While it may not be possible to keep the exterior of the home safe from damage from harsh winds, wide eaves make an incredible difference. Single story homes are often the most protected from the elements by the eaves.

The roofing experts at Chase NW of Federal Way WA can assist you with any questions regarding roof maintenance or commercial roofing.

However, there are specific solutions available for two story homes that will ensure they receive the appropriate amount of covering.

Homes that feature less than ideal eave overhangs may repeatedly get wet in climates that experience frequent amounts of rain, which could lead to siding rot. In hotter, dryer climates, if the eaves do not properly shade the house from harmful UV exposure, the paint on the siding or the stain on the doors could prematurely fade, which also causes them to become further exposed to the elements. This creates a domino effect in other areas of the home, such as the doorjambs and window casings. When these begin to rot, water damage is likely to develop on the interior of the home and inside the drywall, creating ideal conditions for mold and mildew to grow and eventually begin to spread. Eaves are also essential for keeping water away from the foundation.

It is possible that an eave can be too wide, but in most cases, the opposite is true. Determining how wide the eaves should be depends on the local climate, positioning of the home and the specific design of the house itself. For example, homes that are in colder, rainier climates do not require as much shade, so the purpose of the eave would not be to protect it from heat, but to protect it from rain.

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