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It can often be viewed as unimportant, but the drip edge is a vital part of a home's roof. The drip edge is what prevents water from getting under the shingles and leaking into the home. It also helps direct the flow of the water from the roof. This is a common and easy addition to any roof and one that professional Urbana roofers do regularly.

The drip edge is located along the edge of the roof and is often done in large sections. When the edge is in place, water will drip away from the house. This keeps the roof dry as well as protects the walls and foundation of the home from suffering from water damage. Since the edge is installed as part of the roof, it is vital that the roof is completely free of any dirt or debris before starting the installation. Homeowners will also want to make sure the roof is dry when they begin to take the measurements. The measurements need to be done on all of the edges of the roof so that it is clear how much material will need to be purchased.

After measurements are taken, the drip edge needs to be purchased.

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Most home improvement stores sell the material in large sheets, so it will need to be cut to the size necessary. Homeowners can use a metal snip to cut the sheets to the desired lengths. However, it may be necessary to line the drip edge strip up to the home to determine the angle to cut the strip. This will help ensure the drip edge will be flush with the roof upon installation.

When all of the cuts have been made, it is time for the actual installation of the drip edge. The installation is easiest on a day where it is warm and dry. It is important that the homeowner begins with the lowest edge of the roof and then works upwards to the peak of the roof. The drip edge will have a top flange that needs to be slid under the shingle and then tacked into place. The tacking only needs to be done every 10 to 12 inches. However, the nail should not go through the fascia. Once the drip edge is in place, the shingles can be allowed to return to their designated position.

Finally, joints will need to be overlapped to prevent water from seeping underneath. This is done by overlapping the drip edge with the upper edge over the top of the lower edge. The process is continued until the entire roof is covered.

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