In Hainesport, NJ, every homeowner has different types of roofs depending on your needs and choices. In addition, one has their way of maintaining their roof. However, one particular component that is becoming more popular as a roofing solution is the drip edge.
Homeowners may have never heard of this or had any experience with it, but it is a great product. Drip Edge is an effective solution if you need protection from ice dams on your roof.
What is a Drip Edge?
It is a metal edge that runs along with your roof shingles and forms a barrier against water. It has a center slot in the front of it, which allows for any moisture to drip down from the roof instead of going under your shingles and potentially rotting out your roof decking or fascia board.
How does it work?
It's the most effective way to divert water from your roof's edge. Unlike plastic-based products, its long, gentle sloping helps shed the rainwater away from your home, which can crack with time, allowing leaks to occur when the weather gets rough. Drip Edge is made of stainless steel and galvanized alloy so that it won't rust or corrode, even after many years of use.
Do I need a drip edge?
If you live in an area with heavy rainfall and your roofing system has a high pitch (in other words, if your roof slopes at a 45-degree angle or more), then you should have a drip edge. This is especially true for metal roofs, asphalt shingles, and shakes. However, even flat roofs with gentle pitches need to have drip edges installed.
What type of drip edge is best for my home?
It's come in various design elements and is often made of aluminum, steel, or alloy.
Aluminum: A common material for drip edges, aluminum isn't as strong as steel, but they are best for rust prevention.
Galvanized Steel: A stronger alternative to aluminum, steel is a great choice if you're looking for weather- and corrosion-resistant option.
How do I install them?
Roofers at Champion Exteriors can install drip edges on a new roof during installation. It can also be installed by a homeowner if they have sufficient experience. The best way to install them is to attach them with roofing nails; however, we recommend professional help.
Tips and warnings:
- If you live in an area of heavy rainfall or snow, then remove leaves that accumulate under the drip edge. This will stop water from pooling and causing leaks.
- If you use exposed screws on your drip edge, cover them with nail guards to prevent accidents.
- Check your drip edge periodically for rust or other deterioration, which may interfere with its function.
- Hire a professional to clean your gutters if they are clogged. Clogged gutters will divert water over the drip edge and underneath your shingles or shakes, which will cause leaks around your roof seams.
- Install a leaf guard along the lower edge of your gutters to prevent leaves from accumulating under your drip edge and causing water damage.
How much do they cost?
The cost of adding it can vary depending on the materials you choose and your roof's size. Call (609) 845-3576 to learn more about it or fill out our online form. Champion Exteriors look forward to working with you!