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Roof Overhangs, Are They Important?
I did an Inspection the other day in the Los Ranchos, it's an extension of the Albuquerque area. This home was built in 2000 and is part of a nice little subdivision. This subdivision has similar type homes throughout the subdivision. The first thing I noticed about this house was it had little to none roof overhang. In fact, it was an inch and a half overhang... that's not enough!
Every house should have a roof overhang! Many builders do not pay enough attention to the overhangs. Roof overhangs have several important functions. They can protect exterior
doors, windows, and siding from rain.
They can shade windows when solar heat gain is undesirable, and they can help keep basements and crawl spaces dry. A house with improper overhangs can overheat in the summer and can suffer from water entry problems at windows and doors, and can have premature siding rot or damage. Perhaps the most important function of wide roof overhangs is to help keep water off siding, windows, and doors.
While it’s impossible to stop all wind-driven rain from reaching your walls, wide roof overhangs make a big difference... especially if there is just one story under the overhang. Walls with stingy roof overhangs get regularly soaked. These ... more
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