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Is a house required to have an eave overhang by code?
Monday, January 10, 2022
Code does not require a house to have an eave overhang. But the International Residential Code (IRC R318.5) requires installation of a gutter and downspout if there is no eave overhang or it is less than 6-inches. This is intended to keep rainwater away from the walls and foundation of a home as a termite preventative.
Also see Are soffit/eave vents required by code for attic ventilation? and What is the small pipe sticking out of the eaves/soffit under the roof overhang? and What's causing those holes in the fascia?
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