A good-functioning rooftop features the presence of a roofing drip edge. That edge contains sheet metal pieces with an L shape. Each of those same pieces has been attached to the edge of the roof system.

Function of Roofing Drip Edge

This section of the roofing structure directs rainwater away from the fascia, and sends it into the gutter system. In addition, drip edges serve as protection against wind-driven rain, as it falls on one of the protected rooftops. Normally, rain falls onto a roof’s sloping surface, and then drains off of the same surface. Yet wind-driven raindrops hit whatever area of roofing the wind appears to have selected as the raindrop’s target. The presence of the drip edge aids the removal of that unwanted pelting of water.

In order to appreciate the drip edge’s noteworthy role, a homeowner ought to study the instructions that are part of California’s building code. That code requires the inclusion of a drip edge on any home that gets built within the State. After all, Californians do experience some rainy days.

How drip edges get repaired

Drip edges that have become rusted, damaged or dilapidated need to be replaced. Fortunately, the makers of that same product have chosen to market an item that comes in a range of colors.Once a homeowner’s choice of color has been established, roofers In San Mateo inserts the entire metal flange under the first layer of shingles. Once that insertion has been completed, the edge should extend beyond the gutter.

A reputable roofing contractor should know what type of cement to use, when installing the protective flange (drip edge). It should be the type that is marketed as roofing cement. Used properly, that particular product can aid the distribution of the drip edge’s weight. Yet homeowners should not think that they could succeed at completing a DIY installation of a protective flange. When done correctly, the insertion of that flange should create a penetration that reaches up to a high point within the shingles.

Only professional roofers understand how to carry-out the completion of such a penetration. Moreover, each such roofer appreciates the need for ensuring the completion of such a penetration. Why must the flanges in a drip edge penetrate so far under the roof’s shingles? That penetration works to ensure the proper functioning of the installed edge. It allows that same edge to diminish the chances for water filtration, which takes place under the shingles.


Some contractors try to save their clients’ money by installing a roof that has not been equipped with a drip edge. Smart homeowners do not do business with such a contractor, and counsel friends to adopt the same approach.

At Shelton Roofing Co., we take adequate care while repairing or replacing a roof to ensure you have a strong roof that lasts. For more information about our services, call us today.