Here are a few tips that should help you choose the right type of wood for your eaves.
You will need to find out if you are allowed to use wooden eaves in your community. You may not be allowed because of the fire risks.
Cedar is one of the most popular types of wood used for eaves. You can choose from Eastern White cedar, red cedar and yellow cedar. This is a nice, affordable and durable option.
These materials are made from different types of woods and other materials. Composite eaves are more affordable then real wood, so this can be a solution for you.
An even cheaper solution is the use of plywood. The look won’t be the same, but if you do not want to spend a fortune on real wood, then this is the solution. A nice solution to improve the look is to buy a cedar stain that will give it a nicer look. An important disadvantage of plywood is its durability. It will not last as long as cedar. Cedar is known to last even 50 years, so it may be worth to invest more money.
It is best that you hire a professional to do the work for you, because you do not want to do a bad job, after you have invested a lot of money in eaves. Also you can damage the roof and you do not want that.
Ask at the wood supplier if the wood is treated and if you need to treat it yourself once in a few years. Wood eaves are highly flammable and they will need some special treatment.