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The primary function of the eaves is to throw rain water off the walls and to prevent the ingress of water at the junction where the roof meets the wall. The eaves may also protect a pathway around the building from the rain, prevent erosion of the footings, and reduce splatter on the wall from rain as it hits the ground.


The eaves may terminate in a fascia, a board running the length of the eaves under the shingles - to cap off and protect the exposed rafter ends, and to provide grounds on which to fix gutters. At the gables, the eaves may extend beyond the gable end wall by projecting outward, and are usually capped off to protect the wall.


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