The Drip Edge Code in Georgia requires that drip edges be at the eaves and gables of all asphalt shingled roofs. This became effective in 2014. What is a roof’s drip edge? The drip edge is the material at the edge of your shingles around your home which provides a finished look to your roof, and helps protect vulnerable areas from insects, as well as adding waterproofing to your home. Drip edges improve the water shedding ability of your roof, allowing water to efficiently push away from the building rather than running onto it causing damage.

Some Drip Edge Requirements for Installment:

• Drip edges must be corrosion resistant. You don’t want the drip edge to rust or corrode, or it will become ineffective.
• Drip edges must be placed directly on the deck edge along eaves under or over underlayment (this may vary according to local or State codes).
• Drip edges should be nailed as needed to help keep them in place.
• Aluminum or galvanized materials work best and are the most durable.
• Your roof’s lower edge should extend beyond the fascia boards by 3/4” in order for water to drain into the gutters. It the overhang is too short, rain and melted snow will drip behind the gutters, which leads to a rotted roof and fascia, as well as stains on siding. This can also cause erosion of soil and flooding of your basement. This is why it is so very important to have drip edges properly installed.

Local codes have priority. Find out what your local codes are before applying a drip edge to your roof. Remember that adding a drip edge is a vital part of a proper roof! It adds waterproofing to your home, as well as helping to protect the underlying wood. Drip edges also help prevent movement between the fascia boards and the deck, as well as adding a nice finishing touch to your roof. If your home has any problems, or you have any questions, Eagle Watch roofing, your local roofer in Newnan, GA, is ready to help.