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Winston Salem Roofing: Article About Drip Edges

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Most homeowners have a basic understanding of the different components that make up their roofs. However, drip edges are a vital component that may not be as well known. Drip edges are both functional and aesthetically appealing. Because there are so many advantages to having drip edge flashing installed, homeowners who believe that they may not have drip edges on their roofs should contact their local Winston Salem roofing contractor.

Drip edges are pieces of metal flashing that project over the lower edge of the roof. Ultimately, their job is to ensure that water falling on the roof is directed into the gutters. Without drip edges, water could run down into the spaces behind the gutters, causing serious structural damage. The most common type of damage is water damage, which can lead to the growth of mold and dry rot.

There are major advantages to installing drip edge flashing on a roof. The flashing helps prevent moisture from entering the home and guards against potential leaks. Keeping these materials dry helps the home's ventilation system. The roof's lifespan may also be lengthened, as water is prevented from seeping into the roof. Most drip edge flashing is made out of aluminum, an affordable material for homeowners.

There are two main types of drip edge flashing: a "T" shape and an "L" shape.

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The "T" shaped flashing extends over the edge of the roof decking and is a more popular choice for homes that do have gutters or have gutters that are extended from the wall. The "L" shaped flashing hugs the edge of the roof deck and is most often installed on homes that have flange back gutters.

The drip edges are usually installed at the time the other roofing materials are installed. Drip edges are first installed over the eaves. The felt paper or underlayment is then laid down so it covers the drip edge. Drip edges are then installed on the gable end of the roof to cover a small portion of the underlayment. This makes it much more difficult for rain driven wind to get underneath the underlayment. Once the drip edges are installed, the contractor can begin nailing down the shingles.

Drip edge flashing is an incredibly integral part of the roofing system. Homeowners who are having new roofs installed should consider also having drip edging installed to give their home's structural components better protection. Drip edges are affordable, can prolong roof life, and save a homeowner from extensive repairs down the road.

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