What Does Drip Edge Mean In Roofing?
What Does Drip Edge Mean In Roofing?
A drip edge is a type of metal flashing installed at the edges of the roof to help control the flow of water away from the fascia and to protect the underlying roofing components. It overhangs the sides of the roof and has a small metal flange that is bent away from the fascia.
Drip edge is necessary for roofs as it directs water away from the fascia and prevents water from rotting it over time, protects the edge of the decking due to water penetration during driving rains, seals any gaps at the bottom of the roof which could allow small animals to enter, helps protect against ice dams in winter and assists gutters in directing water away from your house and foundation.
When replacing your roof, it’s crucial to keep in mind that your drip edge should also be replaced. Some roofing companies or contractors with lower standards may exclude the cost of replacing the drip edge from their initial estimate to present a more attractive price to you.
To avoid such scenarios, we suggest that you collaborate with Roof Right’s team as we prioritize transparency throughout our entire process.
Reasons To Use Drip Edge
Drip edge is an essential element in roofing systems as it protects the fascia, decking and roof line from water penetration during heavy rains.
It seals gaps that could allow small animals to enter the attic, prevents movement between fascia and deck boards, and assists guttering in directing water away from your house and foundation.
It also helps maintain the longevity of your roof by minimizing potential damage caused by ice or snow during winter months while also improving its overall effectiveness.
Additionally, drip edge helps protect against rotting of the fascia over time by diverting rainwater away and thus should not be overlooked when undertaking a roof installation project.
How Much Will A Drip Edge Cost?
Installing a drip edge can vary in cost depending on the material used, with standard aluminum costing around $2 per foot and higher quality metals such as steel or copper likely to be more expensive.
The roofing company chosen to install the drip edge will also affect the overall cost of the project due to the labor involved so it is important to explore all options carefully before making a decision.
Who Should Install My Drip Edge?
It is essential that one takes the time to consider all of their options when looking for a roofing company or independent contractor to install a drip edge; you want to be sure that you are working with experienced professionals who will not take shortcuts.
Installing a drip edge is not an easy job and requires great attention so as to avoid causing water damage further down the line, making it important that one opts for reliable and trustworthy professionals like Roof Right—a trusted name in the industry since 1994—who have dedicated over 25 years to ensuring each project gets the care and attention it deserves.
The Circumstances When Drip Edge Isn’t Required
If you have prebent aluminum fascia that’s flush with your roof’s decking, or rake molding on homes built before the industry started using the aluminum fascia, either one of these can serve as a drip edge and don’t require an additional drip edge to be installed.
Both of these options go along the eaves and cover the edge of your roof deck to prevent water from going where it’s not supposed to.
How Do I Know If My Roof Has A Drip Edge?
To know if your roof has a drip edge, look for an overhang along the sides of the roof. It will have a small metal li bent away from the fascia and usually made of non-corrosive or non-staining material to keep your roof looking good while also providing structural stability.
Drip edges are often replaced when new shingles are installed but they can be replaced at any time.