It’s fall, the time when many homeowners begin completing their list of tasks to get a home ready for winter weather. Gutter cleaning should be on that list. It’s an important maintenance chore that can prevent some serious water damage to your home. And while you’re up there, take a look at the area around your gutters. Do you notice anything strange?
Often when our crews are in the field working on roofs and gutters, they make an unpleasant discovery: rot in the fascia boards, demonstrated here by Earl Holben, our Customer Appreciation Inspector. Fascia boards cap the end of the rafters on a roof and create a place to attach gutters to the roof edge. Rotted fascia can be traced back to improper installation of shingles with no drip edge flashing. Metal drip edge flashing protects the fascia from water damage by channeling water off the edge and into the gutter instead of allowing it to run down onto the fascia. Drip edge also supports the last row of shingles for a more attractive finish to the roofline, and prevents shingles from becoming limp and curling at the edges so they last longer.
Another benefit of drip edge is that it covers the “carpenter’s gap,” the small space between the roof deck and the fascia board that runs along the roof eaves. When this gap is not covered, it provides an entry point for squirrels, rodents and wind-blown rain to enter the attic. With proper installation of drip edge, wood rot, critters and limp shingles can be prevented. And it’s about more than aesthetics; the National Roofing Contractors Association and GAF require the use of metal drip edge.
Drip edge is a standard practice for every project completed by The Roofing & Remodeling Company. For expert installation of roofing in Virginia Beach, Richmond and anywhere in between, call us today at (757)-903-0050.