Your roof is one of the most critical parts of your home. A poorly installed, low quality roof can lead to tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home or business.
While there are many different styles and materials used in roofing today, it’s generally recommended that you include drip edges during the roof installation process. Drip edges offer increased protection for your roof and can help keep it and your home in good shape.
What Is A Drip Edge?
A drip edge is a metal component installed on the sides of your roof to help redirect water from damaging especially vulnerable areas of your roof and home.
Drip edges work to reduce the harmful effects of water, moisture and melted ice. In addition to helping prevent water damage, they create a barrier on the sides of your home that blocks insects and other small animals from sneaking inside through the roof.
Unfortunately, despite the many benefits of drip edges, homeowners and roofing contractors often pass on them to save money. Though it might provide short-term cost savings, the long-term savings over many years is usually significantly more.
Helps Prevent Water Damage from Broken Shingles
If your home’s roof is made from shingles, you know that a damaged shingle can cause water leaks inside. If you have leaks inside, you are at risk of experiencing mold and other troublesome issues. A drip edge offers added protection to your shingles which can prevent costly repairs down the line. Because drip edges direct water away from your home, a damaged shingle is less likely to result in leakage.
Added Pest Control
As previously mentioned, drip edges also make it much more difficult for insects and other small critters to burrow into your attic through the roof. They offer complete protection from otherwise exposed areas, making it incredibly difficult for animals to find an entry point to your home.
Improves Durability of Your Roof and Saves You Money In The Long Term
Because drip edges protect your roof from water damage, insects and other pests, they can also significantly increase the lifespan of your roof. While installing drip edges may be an upfront investment, the added protection can reduce the costs of future repairs, ultimately saving you money in the long run.
While drip edges are not necessary for your home, many homeowners are opting to install them anyway for the added defense against the elements, rather than risking avoidable damage. Because water and other pests cause the vast majority of roofing issues, drip edges are an excellent investment to provide extra peace of mind.
At Polaris Roofing Systems we have extensive experience in helping home, and business owners install drip edges on their roofs. If you’re considering the added protection, give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to learn more about your roofing needs. Call us at (928) 699-4840!