I bought my first home a year ago. Built in the 1940's, fairly steep
shingled roof, newer alum. siding. Only thing is, it has no overhangs
at all, and I'm wondering if that is something I should be concerned
with? It does have a few vents on the high and low portions on the
roof. Some of my window frames were getting rotted out, so I had
really heavy-duty alum. gutters installed to prevent further damage.
If the siding and roof were installed properly, this isn't a big deal
other than being butt ugly and offering less protection for doors and
windows and letting more water get closer to the foundation.
Positive side, you don't have to worry about high winds getting under the
soffit and lifting the roof up.
If the attic ventilation is adequate, don't sweat it.
I like at least a foot of soffit. I like the soffit vent/ridge vent
ventilation scheme. Its positive attic ventilation, regardless of the
weather or other ventilation aiding schemes. Requires no power aids.
I don't like deep overhangs, despite the dripline extension, despite more
shaded area around the home, despite the extended feed to the attic because
of more intake area available. Heavy winds can easily pick up the roof.
Thanks for the replies. I'll have to take a look at my attic
ventilation - I doubt its getting much ventilation. I can tell you the
window frames take a beating from all the weather they see here in MN.
The gutters I installed will hopefully stop most of the rot in the
frames - not looking forward to digging out the rotted pieces. The
house is actually quite attractive without overhangs. Its amazing how
much you learn with your first home purchase.
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