November 18, 2016
What is a Roof Drip Edge and Why Is It Necessary?
Almost every shingle manufacturer shows a metal roof drip edge in their installation instructions. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association “Residential Asphalt Roofing Manual” indicates that roofing drip edge be included in the construction of a shingle roof. Yet, many residential roof installations do not have them installed.
Unfortunately, the drip edge is often omitted from a bid unless the scope of work specifically requires it, normally as a money-saving tactic. When the drip edge is included, the type of metal, gauge and dimensions are rarely included.
Many roofers believe the roof drip edge is unnecessary as long as the shingles are extended far enough over the edge of the deck into the gutters, something that is not true. The fact is you need a drip edge on roof edges for many different reasons.
Critical at Eaves
The most critical location for a roofing drip edge is at the eaves of your house as this is where the most drips occur. Rake edges should also get drip edge as well as at the edge of the felt underlayment. Felt can be installed on top or underneath the metal.
The edge of the roof that catches the most water needs the best protection possible. Shingles that are extended more than three-quarters or one-inch over the edge of the roof will bend, eventually fracture and break. If there is no metal drip edge, water may not cascade off the eaves into the gutters, allowing water to get into the substrate by turning up under the shingle.
Damage Under Shingles
If water gets under your shingles, it can cause short-term staining, but more importantly, it can cause long-term deterioration of the roof deck and along the fascia board.
If the water damage is allowed to exist for a prolonged period, it can also affect the ends of the roof joists and trusses. Eventually, you may develop leaks and damage inside your home that could be extremely costly to repair.
Not a Money Saver
Ironically, not including a drip edge on roof bids is often done as a money-saver but can lead to catastrophic damage later. This leads to extensive repair costs both inside and outside the home.
In some cases, a builder may rush the roof and cover it with felt in order to speed the interior work. In these cases, the builder may hurriedly run a cutter along the roof deck, but because they are rushing, they often do not do so in a straight line. This causes the edge of the felt short of the edge and, when fascia board is added later, the felt is even further from the roofing drip edge.
If you are in need of a new roof or are planning to build a new home, contact us to learn more about roofing, shingles and drip edges. You can speak to one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives by calling or completing the easy form online.
January 2, 2015
How Much Snow Can a Roof Handle?
We’ve all seen the unbelievable pictures of the record-breaking snow that recently buried the Buffalo, NY area. While homeowners have been asked to stay in their homes and off the impassable roads, a new worry has surfaced – can their roof handle the pressure? Here’s some information you can share with your homeowners while they are stuck inside.
Signs that a roof may be at risk from bearing the weight of the heavy white stuff:
- Visible sagging
- Noises that sound like creaking or popping
- Leaking coming from the roof
Flat or low-pitched roofs are more vulnerable, but pitched roofs can still be at risk when the snow is very heavy.
When it’s safe to travel, contractors in the area or within driving distance have an opportunity to help homeowners repair an unsafe roof (see our article “The Benefits and Risks of Replacing a Roof in Winter”). In general, as much snow as possible should be raked off their roof, but leave a few inches to avoid damaging the shingles. Also, make sure the snow is thrown away from the building and be careful using metal tools around power lines. Contractors should advise homeowners to call their insurance company to see if they are covered in the event of a roof collapse.
Liza Barth (2014 November 14) How Much Snow Can a Roof Handle? Retrieved on December 10, 2014 from GAF.com
December 27, 2013
Increase Your Home’s Value with a New Roof
Homeowners often look to bathroom or kitchen remodeling projects to boost a home’s value, but a new roof is another viable option. The exterior of the home is the first thing buyers see as they pull up for an open house. Depending on the roof type and local real estate values, a new roof may increase a home’s value from 15 to 40 percent. Several factors influence this percentage, however, which should be considered as owners select materials and a contractor.
Roof materials are not relegated to basic brown or black hues. Take a look at alternative colors that match the overall exterior decor. Try green, red or orange as a roofing color. Making a home stand out increases the chances of a rapid sale at a desired price.
If a home is located in a more expensive real estate area, select high-end roofing materials, including ceramic or clay tiles. For most homes, owners select composite asphalt shingles. This budget-friendly material comes in several colors along with good durability for many years. Along with durability, these roofs have a long warranty that is a perk when selling the home. With the guarantee that the material is new and covered with a manufacturer’s warranty, a buyer has the
assurance of a sturdy rooftop.
If the new roof is installed by a quality contractor, it should have an insulating effect on the home. For example, the home remains cool in the summer and warm during the winter. Poorly constructed roofs allow drafts to whisk interior air away and cause high energy bills to compensate for the loss. Solar shingle materials are also available. Acting as miniature solar panels, contractors intersperse this roof material with regular shingle sections to lower energy bills with solar energy absorption.
The home’s overall style either draws buyers in or deflects them. Choose roof materials that have an interesting style, but with a timeless appearance. Bold angles and colors may turn some buyers off. Keep the contractor’s advertising sign handy for open houses. Stating that the roof is new with the associated contractor’s contact information, these small signs catch buyers’ eyes and remind them of the value topping the home.
Consider replacing the roof before listing a property. A clean and newly installed roof makes a statement before buyers open the door. It also reflects on the care of the entire structure, enticing buyers to place a bid immediately.
October 21, 2013
Know When It Is Time to Replace Your Roof
At some point, the exterior of all home roofs will need roofing services. Exposure to sun, temperatures and moisture will eventually wear on parts of the outside of your home. The roof is no exception, so homeowners should evaluate it on a regular basis. Anyone not able to inspect their roof should have someone inspect it for them.
Companies that provide roofing services can also do a roof evaluation for you. There are signs that indicate the need for roofing repair or total roof replacement. Check inside ceilings for any sign of water stains. The attic is another place that can show signs of roof deterioration. If only a few small areas exist, it is likely that roofing repair targeting those areas will take care of the problem.
If you detect multiple large spots, you should consider a total roof replacement. If you find damage signs, do not make any decisions before inspecting the exterior of the roof. Signs of wear include shingles that are missing or broken and loose or broken roofing tiles. If your roof has a shallow pitch versus a steep one, it will weather faster.
A steep pitch allows moisture to escape faster, so it decreases the speed of deterioration. Inspect the roof side that receives the most weather exposure and the edges that can break off from falling limbs. When roof replacement is imminent, consider new products on the market. Roofing services can recommend products that last longer, yet make your home more energy efficient.