Is Drip Edge Necessary?

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Is Drip Edge Necessary?

Drip edge installation is an important service when it is necessary. But when is a drip edge necessary? Let’s start with a definition. A drip edge is essentially a metal sheet that is shaped like an “L.” This metal sheet is installed on the edge of the roof and directs water away from the fascia and toward the gutter. Drip edges are crucial in many cases because they protect important architectural elements from wind-driven rain. Because they protect homes from damage, drip edges are required by many building codes across North America. 

How Do You Attach Drip Edge?

If you are thinking about installing a drip edge on your own, it will be important for you to know all the steps of the process. Please review the following list to learn more.

  • The wide, level metal flange should be slipped all the way under the first course of roof shingles.
  • The outer edge should extend over the gutter. If for some reason it doesn’t, you can pull the edge out slightly from under the shingles.
  • Next, you’re going to want to secure the drip edge with roofing cement. You can do this by applying a continuous bead of cement along the top of the drip edge, and then pressing down on the shingle. There should be an even distribution of weight. 
  • If it is required, you can use short roofing nails to secure the ends of the drip edge. The most important thing to remember about this final procedure is to hammer the nails in high up under the shingles.

Can Drip Edge Be Installed After Shingles?

The most popular time to install a drip edge is when new shingles are installed. However, the drip edge can be installed at any time. The materials involved include: a ladder, a flat pry bar, a hammer, tin snips, eave stripping, and galvanized roofing nails. Something else to consider is the drip edge eave strip, which is often made of galvanized metal. According to many roofers, a better alternative is a vinyl-coated aluminum eave strip. That’s because aluminum won’t rust, and it doesn’t need to be painted.

What is the Difference Between Drip Edge and Rake Edge?

Both the drip edge and the rake edge are among the first parts of the roofing system to be applied in a roofing system. Both these edges appear very similar. There is a slight difference that should be noted, however. At the rake edge, the perimeter drip edge metal is applied over the underlayment with fasteners every eight or ten inches. The drip edge should extend over the fascia board at the vertical point of each pertinent location. 

Water can present a serious problem not only on the roof but in the home. If you believe that you are in need of plumbing services, or if you believe you will need it in the future, please make sure to find a licensed, certified, and insured plumber.

Should I Overlap Drip Edge?

When installing a drip edge, it’s important to consider the process at length. The drip edge should be nailed high on the shingles. That is done so that the shingles cover the nails. About every twelve inches or foot, a nail should be hammered in. For the next drip edge piece, it should overlap the first by an inch. That is done so that there are no gaps between the drip edge applications. 

Can You Paint Drip Edge?

According to a prominent roofing blog, painting your drip edge accomplishes two goals. The first is that painting and priming a roof edge protects the roof edge from moisture damage. The primer itself lays down a foundation of sealant. In turn, a water-resistant paint that is home-exterior approved will complement the primer, thus enacting a waterproof barrier. 

Where to Install Roof Drip Edge

The best place to install a roof drip edge is along the eaves. Underlayment will need to be added. The drip edge can be placed along the gable end. The best way to accomplish installation is to align it along the eaves first, and then to place the ice and water barrier or felt paper over the drip edge.

Can You Reuse Drip Edge

Some roof components need to be replaced when a roof replacement is necessary. The flashing and the drip edges are chief on the list of roofing components that need to be replaced. That’s because it’s important for there to be a waterproof seal around all critical components that are prone to leaking or surrounding fragile architectural elements like fascia. If there are any flaws in the installation process, those flaws will appear sooner rather than later.

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Can You Staple Drip Edge

If you apply glue and nails to your drip edge you shouldn’t have to staple your drip edge. However, if you use t50 staples with a staple gun, according to some DIY professionals, the drip edge should take well.

If you think you need help with your drip edge in Canton, GA, call Affordable Gutters Plus LLC at 770-735-4433 to speak with our staff about making an appointment today!