White drip edge on residential roof that has been damaged in a storm

How to Supplement: R&R Drip Edge

Do you know the importance of drip edge? Sure, it makes the roof look better, but every major shingle manufacturer has drip edge installation in their installation guidelines (for good reasons).

There are two main reasons drip edge is important:

  1. It helps prevent wind-driven rain from blowing under the shingles (preventing leaks and rotted deck boards).

  2. It prevents water from running down the fascia by directing it into the gutters.

When gathering your inspection information or talking to an adjuster about drip edge, keep the following in mind:

  • MUST HAVE DAMAGE Make sure that any drip edge you include on your estimate contains damage that warrants replacement. Hail dents, especially those that impair the functionality of the material, could lead to further damage and need to be replaced.  Be sure to take a photo!
  • IS THERE FELT? If felt is laid under the drip edge, take a photo. Insurance carriers must pay to replace the felt because it has to be removed during the roof install and the removal disrupts and damages the drip edge.
  • IS IT PAINTED? Sometimes drip edge is painted to match the color of other metals and / or siding. If that is the case, painting the drip edge is necessary to bring the home back to pre-storm condition. Painting drip edge does add time and material expense to your estimate.  Take a photo to prove that it is painted.

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