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Question about a drip edge...

My father is looking to have his roof replaced and has a person lined up (just waiting for approval from the insurance company. He had hail damage). I don't know much about roofing, but I did some quick reading and came across something called a drip edge (or edge metal).

When I spoke with the roofer, I asked him if they were going to replace it, he said it depends. If the roof already has it, they will. If not, it's up to the homeowner to request it. He said they typically just bring the starter shingles over the edge and most people are happy with that.

I'm looking for some advice here. Should a drip edge be installed regardless of whether his roof currently has one, or will having the starter shingles hang over the
edge suffice?

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Andy
 
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Old 06-10-13, 10:41 AM
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I'd insist on a drip edge. I've seen more fascia damage on repaints where there was no drip edge than on houses where a drip edge was used. Even better is to kick the drip edge out by installing a 1x2 first.
 
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Old 06-10-13, 05:33 PM
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I agree with marksr. Request d-style drip edge on all gable ends, and gutter apron along the gutters. Rather than getting galvanized metal (which is shiny and reflective), ask for white if your trim is white, or brown if your trim or roof is a dark color.
 
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Thanks for the feedback guys. Excuse my ignorance, but what is a d-style drip edge, a gable end, and a gutter apron?

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You can use google images if you'd like to see a picture of what those items are.
 
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Xsleeper, that cleared most things up. The pics and diagrams I saw showed a drip edge at the end of the roof (where the gutters would attach), but it also showed it along the "slope" of the roof. I'm guess that's the gable end? Whe would it be needed on the part of the roof that slopes?

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The sloped part you refer to is the gable end. I'm a painter not a roofer but IMO the drip edge should go all the way around the house.
 
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It's not that much expense or labor to put it all the way around. In some ways I can see gable end as more important. Heavy rain running down and off the sides could wick under the edge of the shingles on it's way down.
 
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5" d-style drip edge just doesn't work well above gutters as it doesn't provide enough vertical adjustment for the gutter. They do make 6" d-style which has a longer vertical leg, which would work okay if you can't find gutter apron.

Yes, it's always best if flashing covers both the eves and rake (gable).
 
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Think I've got what I need now. Thanks to everyone for their input.

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