What is an Eave?
An eave is a roof edge that extends past the exterior wall line. The phrase is common in residential roofing because homes with sloped roofs have this feature.
Where you see it
Depending on the type of home an eave typically overhangs by six-inches to a foot, but depending on the style home can be longer. Eaves can also have decorative features depending on the architecture of the home.
Why it Matters
Eaves extend beyond the side of the building to carry water away. Typically eaves will be connected to gutters to channel water away from the home. They also are used to help with ventilation within the roof and to help the roof adapt to different seasons and climate conditions.