Why does anyone build a home without eaves? Well, there is really only one benefit if you can call it that and that is to get more home on a smaller block. It cannot be a fashion statement, as homes without eaves just don’t look right. Well, it’s obvious with the size of building blocks these days being from 300 to 400 metres if you want a big house you either go up or you give the house a haircut. Having a house without eaves is a poor compromise if you are looking for extra area – the extra costs of energy to keep the home cooler in summer and warmer in winter will be an extra forever. Eaves protect the home from excessive weather, give protection to paint work, windows and timbers from constant UV rays. Then there is the problem of water damage if the guttering backs over there is no eaves to take the overflow, it goes over the gutter and straight into the house – down the walls and possibly across the ceiling – without eaves back over water in heavy storms has no-where to go but into the home. Eaves are also used for many add-ons such as TV antennas and other such items, eaves vents for the venting of the roofspace, kitchens and bathrooms etc.
If you are contemplating a home without eaves I would think twice because:
- Added energy costs with AC’s working overtime to cool the home
- Extra heating costs
- No protection to timber, windows and doors
- No protection from overflows in extreme deluges, this is also increased with the use of high front gutters which is the norm today.
- Without AC without eaves you will sizzle in summer.
HOWEVER IF YOU DO HAVE A HOME WITHOUT EAVES, ROOF VENTILATION IS NOT A PROBLEM AS UNIVERSAL TILE VENTILATORS DO NOT DEPEND ON EAVES VENTS
We have our inlet ventilators in the roof covering.
Universal Tile Ventilators for tiled roofs and the Smoothline Ventilator System for corrugated colorbond roofs.