The drip edge on your roof is an important feature because it directs rain away from the fascia boards and your siding to prevent water damage to your home. The drip edge has an eave strip that's usually made of metal. The metal strip might be knocked loose due to rust or twisted off in strong winds. If the metal strip falls off or hangs away from the roof, call a roof repair contractor to replace it before the next rain. Here's how that might be done.
Inspect The Drip Edge
The roofer will probably check along the drip edge of your roof to see if it has already sustained water damage. Some damage that might be seen include rotted fascia boards and a rotted roof edge. The shingles might have excess wear, too, especially if rain or snow froze along the edge of the roof.
The roof repair contractor may also find that a large part of the metal strip is rusted and needs to be replaced. Once the roofer assesses the condition of your roof, they can begin making proper repairs.
Tear Off Damaged Materials
The roofer may need to pull out the old metal strip, remove a few shingles that need to be replaced, and remove rotted wood along the fascia boards and deck. The roofer is careful to look for all signs of water damage so they don't miss any spots that need to be repaired.
Choose Replacement Materials
Since the metal eave strip can rust in the future, your roofer might talk to you about choosing an aluminum strip that's coated in vinyl. These even have an attractive look that gives your roof edge an improved appearance. You might even want a vinyl covering for the fascia boards so the area right under your roof has a neat and uniform appearance.
The roof repair contractor will show you the options for new roofing materials so you can choose the ones you like that fit your budget and look nice on your roof.
Repair The Drip Edge
Repairing the drip edge involves lifting the first row of shingles on your roof so the eave strip can be pulled off. The new edge can be slid in place and secured with nails. Then the shingles can be flattened and the bad ones replaced if necessary.
Repairing a drip edge that has a lot of water damage can be time-consuming because the roofer needs to make sure all the rotted material is replaced with new boards and decking. However, if the only damage was to the metal strip, repairs will go a lot quicker. Either way, the risk of water damage to your home is reduced once the roof repairs have been completed.
For more information, reach out to a roof repair service near you.