A drip edge, while seemingly small, is one of the most important parts of your roof. Not just does it prevent water from entering the gap between your roof and your home’s fascia board, but it also prevents debris and insects from entering your homes walls.
And although it does play such an important role, a drip edge is relatively easy to install.
Just follow these three steps for your drip edge:
- Get the corners cut on the gable and eave pieces so they mate properly before installing them. This ensures that you will get clean locking corners.
- Install the drip edge only along the eaves first, then place ice-and-water barrier (in the snowbelt) or felt paper (underlayment) over the drip edge. This lets any water that gets on the roof run down the underlayment and over the drip edge.
- Once all the underlayment is applied, place the drip edge along the gable ends of the roof. Then, cover the ends of the ice-and-water barrier or felt paper with drip edge to be sure that windblown rain that gets under the shingles will run over the underlayment, not on the sheathing.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing, a national leader in roofing restoration, hail damage, and weatherization. ASAP has offices in Denver, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Indianapolis.