Building codes are not created to annoy homeowners. Codes are designed to make a building safe and structurally sound. Roof codes, like the drip edge code in Georgia, help protect buildings and people.
What Is the Drip Edge Code?
The drip edge code is a mandatory building code enacted as part of 2014 changes to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Residential Code. It requires that roofing contractors install drip edge flashing along the edge of any roof between the decking and fascia along eaves and gables. The code is based on a section of code about this topic outlined in the 2012 “International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings.” The drip edge code in Georgia provides the exact measurements that contractors should use during installation. It applies to new roof construction and roof repair and replacement jobs.
Why Is the Drip Edge Important?
Most homeowners are unaware of the many benefits of installing a drip edge. The drip edge’s primary function is to prevent water from rainstorms, ice or snow melt and gutters from blowing or seeping into the gap that exists between the decking and fascia. Water that enters an open gap can cause the following over time:
– Roof Rot
– Insulation Damage
– Mold Growth
Without a functioning drip edge, water and mold can also move into the structure beneath the roof. Water can even cause the roof to deteriorate to the point that pieces literally fall off.
A drip edge also offers several non-water benefits:
– It provides additional support under the shingles.
– It helps prevent curling, buckling and movement along the roof edge.
– It blocks insects, chipmunks, squirrels, birds and other pests from the gap.
Roofers in Peachtree City understand the importance of the drip edge. They are ready to aid homeowners that need drip edge replacement or new installation services. Call today for more information.