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Definition of Eaves

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Eaves

The projecting overhang at the lower edge of a roof.



Related Terms:

Eave Vent

Vent opening located in the soffit under the eaves of a house to allow the passage of air through the attic and out the roof vents.


Fascia

Horizontal boards attached to rafter/truss ends at the eaves and along gables. Roof drain gutters are attached to the fascia.


Gable End Wall

The triangular end of an exterior wall above the eaves formed under a gable roof.


Conventional Mortgage

A mortgage that does not exceed 80% of the purchase price of the home. Mortgages that exceed this limit must be insured against default, and are referred to as high-ratio mortgages (see below).


Attic Ventilators

Screened openings in houses to allow for ventilation of an attic space.



Crawlspace Vent

An opening to allow the passage of air through the unexcavated area under a first floor. Ideally there should be at least two vents per crawlspace.


Gable Vent

A louver mounted in the top of the gable to allow the passage of air through the attic.


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Ridge Vent

A vent mounted along the entire ridge line of the roof to allow the passage of air through the attic or cathedral ceiling.


Roof Vent

A louver or small dome mounted near the ridge of the roof to allow the passage of air through the attic.


Ventilation

Creates a positive flow of air that allows the house to "breathe" and helps prevent moisture build-up year-round.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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