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Eaves, Shading, Homes, Patios, and Walkways

The eaves on your home are the section of the roof that

extends out beyond the exterior of structure. Eaves serve a number of purposes,

from blocking the hot summer sun to directing rainwater away from the side of

the house. They are also commonly called the overhang or soffit (although the

soffit is actually the covering that is applied on the underside of the eave).

In passive solar home design, eaves are strategically designed to ward off summer solar

radiation and allow it in during winters when the sun moves lower on the

southern horizon. Aside from that, eaves vary widely in terms of distance they

project from the exterior walls. Especially on flat or low-pitched roofs, eaves

may project a considerable distance to provide shade for patios and walkways.

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