Terms of the Trade: What Are Eaves? Terms of the Trade: What Are Eaves?
Eaves are a common architectural feature found on most houses. Simply put, they're the portion of the roof that hangs off (or meets) the side of a building. Eaves serve a purpose in terms of keeping rain water or other precipitation off of the side of the building, while also preventing erosion from the base of the structure. In some cases, they also create a covered walkway.