A drip edge is a piece of metal installed along the edge of your roof where the shingles end. Its primary function is to ensure that all water runoff from the roof makes it into the gutters. In the past, a drip edge was only required in snowy climates, where it prevented melting snow from getting under the shingles and into the fascia. But many states are adding legal requirements for drip edges to their building codes. The drip edge code in Georgia has been updated to require drip edges on all asphalt shingle roofs. This has a significant impact on homeowners throughout the state.
The Importance of a Drip Edge for Your Roof
In reality, it was always a good idea for a home in Georgia to have a drip edge. Georgia is a rather rainy and humid state, and water intrusion under the roof was always a concern. When water infiltrates the shingles, the fascia and siding can develop mold and rot that require extensive repairs. Mold can also sicken people who live in the home.
Installing a drip edge is essential to protect all of these crucial parts of a house:
- The fascia
- The siding
- The insulation and lower roof layers
- Soil and landscaping at the base of the house
- The basement and foundation
It is much less expensive to install the drip edge than to pay for extensive repairs to critical parts of your home. The current code requires all new roofs and roof replacements in Georgia to be built with a drip edge. However, many roofs constructed before the latest code changes do not have drip edges. Even if your home was built without one, it could be very beneficial to install one. If you are interested in installing a drip edge on your roof, you can contact Eagle Watch Roofing.
The Importance of a Professional Installer
Since the Georgia building code has been updated, homeowners now have a legal responsibility to install a proper drip edge. Building codes are exact, and merely having a flap of metal nailed to the side of the eave is probably not good enough to pass inspection. Professional roofing contractors are familiar with the codes and will be able to ensure that an installation is done effectively and in accordance with the new laws.
Thinking about roof work and laws can be intimidating, and it is natural to have questions and concerns. Contact Eagle Watch Roofing for answers and help with any roofing problem.