A drip edge is a piece of metal installed along the roof edge to ensure that all water runoff from the roof makes it into the gutters and is properly channeled away from the building. In the past, a drip edge was only required in snowy climates, 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 be installed on all asphalt shingle roofs. This has a major impact on homeowners throughout the state.
The Importance of a Drip Edge
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. Water intrusion under the roof and siding can quickly develop into mold and rot that will require extensive repairs or replacement. It may also negatively impact the health of inhabitants.
Installing a drip edge is important to protect all of these important 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 the extensive repairs needed for damage to these critical parts.
The Importance of a Professional Installer
Since the drip edge code in Georgia has been updated, homeowners are now also held to a legal responsibility to install a proper drip edge. Building codes are exacting, and simply having any old flap of metal nailed to the side of the eave is probably not good enough to comply with the law. Professional roofing contractors will be familiar with the codes and will be able to ensure that an installation is done effectively and in accordance to the new laws.
Thinking about roof work and laws can be intimidating, and it is natural to have questions and concerns. A homeowner can contact Eagle Watch, their local Peachtree City roofer, for answers and help with any roofing problem.