Is Drip Edge Standard Practice in Installing a New Roof?


Old 05-21-08, 02:40 PM
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Is Drip Edge Standard Practice in Installing a New Roof?

My 14 yr old roof is badly damaged from strong winds and hail and in need of complete tear off and replacement. A roofing contractor today told me that drip edge is not necessary in Indiana. I want drip edge installed.

would you go with a roofing contractor who takes the position that drip edge is not neceesary?

also what is the best and longest lasting asphalt/fibergalss reinforced architectual shingle to go with?
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Old 05-21-08, 02:53 PM
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Nothing is "necessary" could have tar paper up there if you don't mind the leaks.

Drip edge helps prevent water from traveling over the edge of the shingles, then wicking back to your roof deck mat'l.

It wasn't required where I used to live, but I saw the issues when people had their roof replaced and the edges of the ply were all delaminated. Esp bad when the shingles are trimmed too close to the edge, or when they were trimmed long and eventually bent over and cracked.

Can't imagine not doing it esp on a complete re-roof. Matter of fact my house now has 2 drip Thats what ya get when they lay a second layer on top of the old. Hey, it was that way when I bought it!
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An interesting read on why drip edge is recommended:
Asphalt shingles with organic reinforcement tend to have a shorter life and are less fire resistant than fiberglass reinforced.
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I would never ever use a roofing contractor who thinks that drip edge is not necessary.
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Thanks for your prompt replies and info. Obviously I was very concerned when that roofing contractor stated that he doesn't use drip edge and sees no need for any.

I also requested a detailed estimate in writing and have not yet gotten one. He didn't even bother to take measurements and said he can 'eye ball' a roof to determine the number of squares etc. That also greatly bothered me.

He also wanted me to sign a form giving him all rights to my insurance monies. I declined because we haven't even reached a firm and detailed agreement on the kind of shingles to be used and other materials, including *drip edge*. I didn't want to put him in the position of cutting any kind of a deal with my insurance company and me getting short-changed on a new replacement roof.
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