Does your roof have drip edge flashing? Drip edge flashing is the metal trim that wraps around the edge of your roofing where the gutter system meets the roof. This trim is designed to protect the wood decking edges from being damaged by sun, ice, insects, and water. If your home doesn't have drip edge flashing, it's important that you get to work installing it.
- Drip edge flashing
- Roofing nails
- Roofing cement
- Moisture barrier
- Tape measure
- Tin snips
- Putty knife
Purchase the Flashing
Before you can purchase the flashing, you have to know how much you're going to need. To get this number, you'll have to measure the length of the eves on the home. That will tell you how many feet of flashing you'll need to complete the job.
Take the measurement and head to your local home improvement store. You will have to select from a variety of options – metal, vinyl, or aluminum, as well as different shades of colors. Choose the material that will blend well with the soffit, gutters, and trim on your home.
Inspect the Roofing
Before the flashing can be installed, you'll need to be sure that the wood decking edges haven't been damaged. Get a ladder and check the wood the whole way around your house. Do you see any signs of water or insect damage? Is there any rot? If so, you'll need to repair the wood before placing the flashing. If not, you are clear to proceed to the installation process.
Install the Flashing
Since the roof is already shingled, you'll have to carefully roll back the first row of shingles to access the wood underneath them. Carefully remove the nails holding the shingles in place. Gently fold the shingles and roofing paper back.
Measure the eves that you're working with. Take that measurement and measure and mark the flashing. Cut the flashing using the tin snips or hacksaw. The flashing should measure about an inch longer than the eve so that it can layer over itself when you attach the next piece.
Use the putty knife to coat the underside of the flashing with the roofing cement. Position the flashing and pound a nail in about every twelve inches. Make sure that the drip edging is extending over the gutters as you install it.
Reposition the roofing paper and fold the shingles back in place. Nail it down, and you're good to go.
If this isn't a project that you feel comfortable with, contact a local roofing company like Paragon Roofing GA. Don't put the project off because it will lead to bigger repairs down the road.