A Roofing Structure is made up of many parts, although the shingles are the most widely known to homeowners since they make up a huge part of the roofing system. If you want to have a better idea on how to properly maintain and care for your roof, it is essential to learn about its other parts and their functions.
We have recently talked about gutter and gutter guards as well as their functions and importance. This time, let’s talk and know more about another part of the roof that is connected to gutters, the drip edges or eaves strips.
What is a Drip Edge?
Eaves Strip or Drip Edge is a metal flashing that runs under the roof along the eaves of your house. It helps support the roofing that extends past the roof deck. Drip edge overhangs the sides of the roof and has a small metal flange that is bent to direct the rainwater away from the fascia and into the gutter, protecting the underlying roofing components.
What are the Benefits of Drip Edge?
- They provide support to the overhanging shingles at the edge of the roof to not only prevent them from cracking or sagging, but also to keep them in a straight line, giving your roof that stability and nice appearance.
- Drip edges are installed at roof ends, below the shingles and roofing underlayment, preventing water from seeping into the wood structure underneath the roof shingles, a part of the roof not visible to the eyes, yet vulnerable to water damage and prone to rotting.
- They make sure that water is directed away from areas it shouldn’t go, but directly to the gutter, preventing damage to other parts of your home including your porch and basement.
- Drip edge installation keeps small animals and pests out of your home since these metal flashing cover the gaps between your roof deck and fascia board, which usually becomes an entrance to these unwanted guests.
Evidently, drip edges play an important role in keeping roofs and other parts of your home protected from damage and to avoid leaking. But just like with anything else that needs to be done on your house, you would want to have options to choose from. You’ll be glad to know that there are different types of drip edge that work on everyone’s specific needs.
Different Types of Drip Edge:
L-Style Drip Edge. Commonly used on low slope roof decks.
C-Style Drip Edge. Commonly used on roofs with no fascia boards.
T-Style Drip Edge. More complex than other styles but is most effective in driving water away from your house structure.
Drip Edges also come in different materials like aluminum, galvanized steel and copper. If you are not sure which to get, you can get in touch with your trusted local roofing contractor so they can discuss with you your options and help you decide what is best for your roof.
When to Install Drip Edge
Eaves strips or Drip Edges can be installed or replaced anytime, although the most perfect time to do it is during roof installation, roof replacement and while having roof repairs done. Since asphalt roof shingles can be brittle during the cold season, the best time to work on drip edges is during warmer seasons, which is also the perfect time to have all roof and exterior works done on your home.
While roof maintenance mostly refers to shingles for most homeowners, it is always good to know more about the unnoticed parts of your home exteriors that play essential roles in keeping your house protected from damage. If you are a Winnipeg resident and you want to learn more about how to make your roof and its parts most functional, All Weather Exteriors is a call away to help you with all the questions you may have. When it comes to Winnipeg roofing, our team is made up of roofing experts that are best in the field who can give you the best recommendations for your exterior needs.
Now is the best time to have your roof inspection by the best Winnipeg roofers. All Weathers Exteriors team can’t wait to hear from you!
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