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My Pet Peeve in Roofing – Drip Edge!

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I don’t like limpy, curling shingles! With proper installation this eye sore can be prevented.


I know that for most of you, you don’t drive through your neighborhood giving that disgusted sigh of “They don’t have drip edge on their roof!” For some you wonder, what is “drip edge” and why should I care? I first started to pay attention when I’d walk up to a home to be confronted with limp shingles curling around the edge of a roof towards the fascia boards. The next homes seemed to have this nice crisp shingle line. Over the years, I realized these limpy, curling and cracking shingles really bugged me. It has become my roofing pet peeve. Why? Because with proper installation this eye sore can be prevented. Yes, there are several factors that can be involved but experts agree that drip edge starts a roof right. What is most important is drip edge is not just about aesthetics! The National Roofing Contractors Association and GAF require the use of metal drip edge and is the best system for keeping water away from edges.

The Environmental Protection Agencies definition of drip edge is Drip-edge materials protect the edges of roof sheathing from water penetration due to driving rains; the material is bent in a form that channels water away from the roof edges, thus protecting rake and fascia boards. The drip-edge material that extends past the edge of the sheathing supports the outermost edges of the shingles, enabling them to drip water while providing structural support so the shingles last longer without splitting or cracking.

So say yes to Drip Edge! And no to limpy, curling and cracking shingles!

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