Flashing/drip edge on roof - questions & advise

Old 09-21-07, 12:40 PM
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Flashing/drip edge on roof - questions & advise

We recently built a house and I'm at the point where we need to put on gutters but I need some advice on the drip edge or the flashing.

We have had a handful of estimates and one was higher than the rest and he said it included flashing. I thought the roofers did the flashing and started asking them and checking into it. The other ones said they were going to use the existing drip edge. (Take it off, install the gutters and put it back up inside the gutters. I got looking online and am wondering if we were shortsided when we built the house. The existing drip edge doesn't appear to be like any of the examples I saw online. It doesn't go underneath the shingles but butts up to the bottom side of the shingle, leave the chipboard exposed if you lift up the shingle.

Can someone please tell me if this is normal construction or should I have the gutter guys install the flashing.

Any comments would be sincerely appreciated !

I linked a couple pictures below. The red is the edge of the chipboard. The fuzzy one is the main area of the house where there is a gap between the fascia and the chipboard. Is that normal or did they chinz on the chipboard ?

Thank you !



Old 09-21-07, 04:49 PM
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How is the "drip edge" attached?

I'm a painter not a roofer but I've seen lots of drip edge with varying shapes and sizes. In fla I never saw a house without one but here in tn a large portion of the homes don't have a drip edge

On the void between the roof and the fascia - while it would be nicer if it wasn't there it isn't uncommon for construction to have flaws. Plywood/osb comes in standard 4x8 sheets but rarely is a house ever built perfectly square. This results in extra cuts and fitting of material or leaving minor gaps. If I saw the pic correctly a good drip edge would have covered up the gap.
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The drip edge is nailed into the fascia with nails. I was thinking either the drip edge or flashing formed at a 90 should have covered the cap and ran up underneath the shingles. Or the drip edge could do the same thing but I think the drip edge has a shorter lip. If they formed flashing for it the could make it as long as required.

I was thinking the drip edge or flashing should be installed like I have drawn in on the picture shown below:

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Your builder cut corners by not installing a proper flashing along the gutter. Your drawing is correct. Have your gutter guys install a proper flashing.
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Here we go again. On the house where you have gutters, you use gutter apron, not drip edge. You use drip edge up the sides of the roof. It is called Style D drip edge. Have your gutter guy install gutter apron. It slides up under your shingles about 1 1/2". The lower side hangs down, and your gutters slide up behind it so all water goes into the gutter.
Good Luck. The roofers were at fault and not the builder, however, he should have caught it. I would have. Good Luck

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