How to install a drip edge on your roof
In many municipalities around the country, metal drip edge flashing is not required by code. However, I would highly suggest going above and beyond code on this building aspect.
Metal drip edge is a relatively cheap product with very tangible long term benefits. Proper installation of the drip edge will force water dripping off of your roof outwards, preventing any contact with the fascia board or siding.
In homes without proper drip edge flashing, I have found many cases of rot and deterioration along the fascia board and siding. The rot is commonly overlooked because of the slight overlap of the roofs shingles but can be detrimental to the aesthetics and structural integrity of your home. Rotting siding is aperfect habitat for insects, which will further exacerbate the problem.
The next time you are roofing a home, insist that drip edge be installed and save yourself some headache down the road.
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Luis Imery Luis Imery, through his business the Imery Group, is a full service construction, home energy performance, green certification and real estate group specializing in infusing sustainability in every facet of the real estate cycle. Its construction division has become pioneers in the Athens, GA area in green building of speculative, custom and design-built construction. Just in 2011 they have over 110 units slated for green certification under the EarthCraft program. www