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Roof edge flashing installation explained

Roof edge flashing installation can help prevent expensive water damage that could affect everything from the roof of your home to the foundation.

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Roof edge flashing installation by westpark on Flickr.If you've noticed drips along the side wall of your home, it might be time to consider roof edge flashing installation. Installing roof flashing along the edge of your home can provide a number of benefits, including preventing water from seeping beneath your roofing and along the side wall of your home.

Ultimately, drip edge flashing installation can help prevent expensive water damage that could affect everything from the roof of your home to the foundation.

Before you begin installation, it's important to make sure your roof is prepared. If working on a roof is stepping out of your comfort zone, then do not hesitate to seek estimates from roofing contractors and hiring one.

To prepare your roof, you'll need to remove all dirt and debris. In addition, you'll need to ensure you've taken the proper measurements so you can purchase the correct amount of drip edge flashing. Be sure you have all the correct tools and materials prior to beginning this project, including:

    • Metal snips.
    • Measuring tape.
    • Carpenter’s pencil.
    • Hammer.
    • Roofing nails.

Begin by using the metal snips to cut the lengths of the flashing based on your previous measurements. Position the first strip along the fascia corner where the horizontal edge intersects with the sloped edge. Carefully mark the angle of the slope so you'll be able to cut a precise match to ensure the piece is flush along the edge.

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Remember to begin your roof edge flashing installation along the lower edge of your roof. This will allow you to work back up toward the peak of the roof.

You'll need to gently lift your asphalt roofing shingles along the lower edge as you work your way toward the peak of the roof. Use roofing nails to securely tack the edges in place. Once this is done, you can then securely drive the nails through the drip edge into your asphalt roof surface. When this is finished, carefully set your shingles back in place.

When you've reached the end of one strip, you'll need to begin the next using a lap joint. This is done by carefully overlapping the ends of the drip edge with the upper edge, ensuring water won't be diverted under the joint. Continue with this process until the drip edging has been positioned all along the edges of your roof.

If you're uncertain regarding how to install roof flashing, worry about your skills, or just don't have time, hire a professional contractor to handle the job for you. When hiring a residential roofing contractor, it's important to consider a variety of qualifications.

For instance, you should consider how long the contractor has been in business. In addition, take the time to find out whether the contractor provides a roofing warranty for the work performed. Bear in mind that the roofing cost to have edge flashing installed can vary based on the size and type of your roof as well as accessibility. Your location can also affect roofing prices.

Roof edge flashing installation can be an excellent investment in your home as it prevents water damage that could lead to expensive repairs in the future. By understanding what's involved, you can decide if this is a project you can tackle on your own or whether you should hire a professional contractor.

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