In order to prevent leaks, it’s important that you take the necessary steps and install the necessary components to protect your roofing system. Drip edges are L-shaped metal sheets that are usually installed at the end of your roof to direct water away from the fascia and into your gutter system. Despite some homeowners knowing this, however, some still doubt the importance of drip edges.
Protects the Fascia From Water – The drip edge is designed to take advantage of cohesion, surface tension, gravity and other forces in order to direct water away from your fascia and into the gutters. If your home doesn’t have a gutter system installed, the drip edge can still protect your fascia from being affected by the water. Without it, the water can stick to your shingles and work its way beneath it, causing rot that will allow leaks into your home.
Protects the Roofing Structure – Another reason your roofer will recommend that you have drip edges installed on your roof is because they can protect the wood structure beneath your shingles. Unfortunately, this wood structure is vulnerable to water damage and wood rot, which can compromise the integrity of your roof and cause leaks that can encourage mold growth in your home.
Protection From Wind-Driven Rain – If the wind is strong during a storm, the water can be pushed onto your roof and bypass the shingles and underlayments. This is where drip edges come in as they will compete with the wind and prevent water from being pushed upwards by the wind before gravity pulls it down. Without it, the wind-driven rain can easily compromise your roofing system.
Prevents Pest Infestation – Pests can easily chew through any wooden parts of your roofing system, which will allow them to get into the attic and invade your home. With a metal barrier like drip edges, you won’t ever have to worry about this as they won’t be able to penetrate the drip edge.
Turn to Tedrick’s Roofing for your home improvement needs. We are your leading provider of roof repair and cleaning services. Give us a call at (877) 212-9355 or (253) 499-9660. You can also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Federal Way, WA, and other nearby areas.