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There are many different types of roofing systems that homeowners can choose from. Some people have simple, flat roofs, and others prefer to use shingle or clay tiles. Homeowners need to decide which roofing system they prefer based on their personal preferences and environmental conditions.

In general, there are a lot of factors that go into choosing your home’s rooftop: whether it has to be aesthetically pleasing, the most durable materials, and how it fares in your particular environment.

The design element that we’ll be looking at today is the roof overhang. The roof overhang is the part of the roof that extends beyond the siding of your home. While roof overhangs are pretty standard, many do not know their functionality and why they’re installed.

 

Keep reading as we unpack the functionality and benefits of a roof overhang.

 

Rain and Snow Protection

The roof overhang protects your windows, doorways, and the area directly underneath from the downpour of snow, rain, or hail. This protection can prevent wooden window frames and doors from rotting, but it also prevents mold and mildew from growing on your walkways, windowsills, and walls.

 

Dry Basement and Foundation

By protecting the area directly around your home from the penetration of snow, rain, and hail, you’re also able to prevent water from seeping into your basement or foundation.

Basements and foundations are prone to mold growth due to their dark and warm environments. By keeping these areas dry, they’ll remain in good working condition for years to come.

 

Light Installations

A roof overhang allows homeowners to install light installations that beautifully illuminate their homes. Whether in the day or at night, these lights offer guidance along walkways and can also be used as a Christmas decoration space by hanging strings of colorful bulbs on them.

 

Shade

Roof overhangs perfectly shade your home from the intense heat and light of the sun. This shade, in turn, makes your home significantly cooler, thus helping you save on your energy bills.

Materials also deteriorate faster when overexposed to UV rays. Therefore, you can protect your furniture and decor from the sun with an excellent roof overhang fixture.

Do not hesitate to call Whalen Contracting today for more information on roof overhangs or any other roofing inquiries!

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