Are soffits and eaves the same thing?

Soffits and eaves literally overlap one another, therefore it’s not surprising some confusion exists regarding whether they are the same thing. However, despite their close proximity, they’re actually quite different. Eaves are an area of the roof, and soffits are a product that covers them.

To help you learn more about soffits and eaves, we’ve created a handy video along with this blog.

What are eaves?

Eaves are the edges of the roof that extend over the side of a building and overhang the face of the wall. The overhang keeps any rainfall away from the walls, whilst the junction where the roof meets the wall is also protected from water ingress. Eaves also provide shade to a building, helping them to maintain a comfortable temperature.

The style of them can, at times, be used for aesthetic purposes, helping to define a building’s architectural style. For instance, flared eaves, which curve upwards, were fitted on Dutch colonial houses. For most UK homes, fascia boards are fitted along the horizontal edge of the eaves, supporting the roof tiles and shielding the rafters from weather exposure.

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What categories of roof eaves are there?

There are four main categories of eave, which are listed below:

  • Exposed –  this is where the underside of the roof and the supporting rafters are visible from below.
  • Soffited – these include a soffit, which connects the bottom edge of the eave with a building.

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  • Boxed-in – boxed-in eaves are encased, like soffited eaves, but the side of the building is met at the same angle as the roof pitch.

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  • Abbreviated – this type of eave barely extends beyond the side of the building.

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What are soffits?

pvcu soffit boards Most commonly, the term soffit is used to describe the long boards that are fixed to the underside of the rafters that are projecting out, connecting the overhanging part of the roof to the side of the property. In the widest sense of the term, soffits can refer to the underside of almost anything that’s constructed, including arches and porches. Here at Roofline Solutions, we are a leading installer of replacement soffits.

To summarise the difference between the two in a construction context, the eave is an area of the roof which overhangs the walls, whereas the soffit is the underside component of this area only.

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