Mar 09, 2024

Demystifying the Roof Drip Edge

When it comes time for the installation of a new roof, many homeowners focus solely on shingle color and style, rather than taking the time to fully research the components being used.  One of the lesser talked about aspects of a roof is a drip edge.  Allow us to break down what it is and why it’s a critical roofing component.

What’s a Drip Edge on a Roof?

A drip edge is a metal flashing that diverts precipitation away from the roof’s edge.  It is placed on the roof’s gable edges and eaves.  The edge’s primary function is to stop water from filtering behind the siding or soffit edge by channeling it off the roof and towards the rain gutters.

roof drip edge installation by Lindus Construction

Why is a Drip Edge Important?

The edges of your roof receive a significant amount of moisture, particularly on homes with a steep roof slope.  With a drip edge in place, water is deflected away from the fascia, preventing dry rot.  This edge will also seal off any rifts at the bottom of the roof, particularly near the decking and fascia.  This provides a preventative barrier against attic access by critters.  A roofing drip edge also restricts movement between the boards on a roof deck and fascia.  In the absence of a roof drip edge, water will stick to the shingles, which creates a scenario where moisture can penetrate the backside of the shingles and ultimately leak into your home.  In the event that a tree falls on your roof, this edge can act as a preventative against shingles sagging into your gutters.  It also works to reinforce shingles during heavy windstorms.  All these characteristics promote the maximum lifespan of the roof.

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Do I Need a Drip Edge Installation When I Get a New Roof?

While it will cost you less to reuse the current drip edge, when you get a new roof installed, we implore you not to.  For starters, the old roof edge is likely weathered from nature’s elements and is likely detracting from your home’s curb appeal.  It’s also worth noting that the preexisting roof edge can become damaged during shingle tear-off.

If My Roof Was Installed Without a Drip Edge, Can One Be Added Later?

The optimum time for a drip edge roofing installation is when a home is being built, or when a new roof is being installed.  With that being said, it is possible for a reputable and knowledgeable contractor to install it on a pre-existing roof.

Contact us today to get started on your next roof replacement project.

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Our Roof Installation Reviews:

"Four years ago Lindus replaced our roof. By far the best installation we have ever had on the house. They have above and beyond professional workmanship. I walk my roof twice a year and no problems at all. I wish I could say that of the previous work done on the roof.  I wholeheartedly recommend them for whatever needs you have around your house."

Bob A.
Somerset, Wi
December 15, 2023

"We had Lindus bid on our roof replacement and also remove and replace our LeafGuard® Gutters. Communication was great through the entire process, we were provided great information and options. The removal and replacement of the gutters was done right on schedule and completed quickly. Overall just very professional and I would have zero concerns trusting them for any job.

Aaron O.
Shoreview, MN
December 13, 2023

"The crew was quick and efficient; they did a good job with the clean-up. The roof looks great."

Barb A.
St. Croix Falls, WI
August 24, 2023

"We are very happy with the gutter and roofing project at our home. It took only two days for the complete roofing (with lifetime shingles) and underlayment project!  The next day the gutter crew came out and completed our 163 feet of LeafGuard® Gutters.  Everyone was friendly knew their job! They were a well-oiled machine."

David S.
Stillwater, MN
May 19, 2023

"Thorough, timely, efficient, good communicators. Excellent work, cleaned up well and took care of a few extra details without any hassle."

Carla U.
Minneapolis, MN
May 17, 2023

"Your services and products are wonderful!  (And we have used Lindus three times now). The crews were gracious and hard-working."

Alan W.
St. Paul, MN
May 11, 2023
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