Everything you Need to Know about Drip Edge on Shingle Roofs.
A lot of people overlook the drip edge on the roof because it is hardly seen from the road. Most people do not even know that it is available in different sizes and colors. Custom color drip edge must be decided on a few weeks ahead of time to allow the lead time it will take a metal shop to fabricate the flashing.
Drip edge is installed around the whole perimeter of the roof. It is used to hold the underlayments down and create a watertight seal around the edge of the roof. Only the face of the metal is seen and is usually just white one to one and half inch stripe located right under the shingles and above the fascia.
Most drip edge used to be installed as a 1” face in white color. It is common practice to replace this existing drip edge with a wider, inch and a half face.
The most common colors for drip edge are white and brown. However, some roofing companies can provide color match drip edge. The color is often chosen to match the shingles or the gutters to create a seamless look. The color can also be chosen to match the shutters or trim of the house and act as an accent color.
Albany roofing companies should be installing drip edge from the bottom of the rake up, with each piece overlapping the next to prevent water infiltration. Drip edge should always be cut with as few seams as possible to give a cleaner more seamless look.
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Advanced roofing contractors will start with the drip edge on the far side of the house from the main point of view so that when each continuous piece overlaps the piece before it, you won't see the seams from the driveway or entryway to the house.
We will usually remove a one inch drip edge and replace it with a one and a half inch piece. We do this is because the sun usually leaves a stain or the wind will leave a dirt mark under the current drip edge and by adding a half inch of coverage it will hide the not so fresh soffit board. This practice also helps with aging fascia. Many times, fascia aluminum will be falling off the roof but once we put a wider faced drip edge it is held into place.
The drip edges main function on the eaves is to help the water drip over the roof, away from the facia and into the gutters. The metal flashing has a small metal flange that wicks water back to make a drip around the flange and into the gutter where it can be diverted away from the roof.
The face of the drip edge should be overlapping the gutter so that no water is going in between the gutter and fascia and possibly rotting out the fascia that’s holding the gutter up. If the gutter rides up high along the roofs eave then the drip edge should be notched out at all gutter hangers to allow the the drip edge to form a tight bond with the roofing system and gutter.
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Match the colors for a smarter finish
In areas north of Albany you will see a Saratoga roofing contractor installing a lot of brown drip edge to match with brown or wood trim. Albany roofing companies generally install more white drip edge.
Most Albany roofing companies that are familiar with commercial roofing are used to using drip edge that is color match to the gutter systems. Commercial roofing usually uses a thicker gauge of metal that is already being custom bent so it can be ordered in any color metal coil.