What is a Drip Edge and Does Your Home Need One?

Aug 14, 2018

Your roof protects your home from the weather, water, and damage. But should it be a 100% closed ecosystem? The truth is, there is much more going on under your roof than is apparent to the naked eye. If you haven’t considered the importance of a drip edge, it’s essential to understand why and how to install one with your roof. Before you make any decisions, here are a few things to think about.

 

The Best Material

Hands down, the most common, and most recommended material for drip edges is aluminum. It’s durable, doesn’t corrode like other metals, and can easily be formed in the right shapes and sizes for your home regardless of the design.

Aluminum is also affordable, making it the most popular choice for both DIY homeowners and professional roofers. But not only does it cost less up front, but the mere use of the material as a drip edge will keep your roof in good repair so you don’t need to replace it as quickly. This will save you plenty of money down the road.

 

Adding Drip Edge to an Existing Roof

If your home was not built with a drip edge in mind, you can always add it to your existing roof. It’s never too late and you can extend the lifespan of your roofing materials just a little longer even if you start late in the game.

You can install drip edge on any surfaces that meet. This includes the peak of the roof, corners, chimneys, vents, skylights, or edges. Joints in the roof are the most common place for water to enter the home, so it’s an important step to take when building or replacing the roof. If that was not done, it’s still not too late to do it now.

 

A Healthier Home for You and Your Family

But a drip edge won’t just extend the life of your roof, it can also improve the lives of anyone in your home. Without a drip edge, attics or crawlspaces can become damp. And damp wood and insulation is a breeding ground for mold. Your roof should be properly vented, including the use of a drip edge to prevent water from entering the home.

Mold is no small matter and it can cause multiple health problems long before you detect it. And once you know it’s there, it may already be too late. The cost of remediation is also extreme. By preventing this from the very start, you can improve the quality of life in your home immediately.

 

While you can install a drip edge yourself, working with a professional can give you the peace of mind you need to ensure your home is safe from water damage.

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