Roofing systems are available in all sorts of styles and designs. Homeowners are free to design their rooftops to suit their design preferences and environmental needs.

The roofing design structure that we’ll be analyzing today is the roof overhang. The roof overhang extends beyond the siding of your home. While roof overhangs are pretty standard, many do not know their functionality or why they’re installed in the first place.


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


Rain and Snow Protection

The roof overhang is the key to ensuring your windows, doorways, and area directly underneath the overhang are protected from any weather downpour.

This protection can prevent wooden window frames and doors from rotting and prevents mold and mildew from growing on your walkways, windowsills, and walls.


Dry Basement and Foundation

The roof overhang serves as an excellent barrier, protecting the spaces directly beneath your home from the onslaught of the elements. It also serves as a great water shield for 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 will allow you to install lighting that beautifully illuminates your home. These lights are perfect, not only for guiding people at night or during less than favorable weather conditions, but also a fantastic structure on which to hang up Christmas lights.



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 tend to deteriorate faster when overexposed to UV rays, but you can protect your furniture and decor with a quality roof overhang fixture.


For more information on roof overhangs or any other roofing inquiries, do not hesitate to call Lumen Construction Roofing today!

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