A gutter drip edge is made out of non-corrosive and non-staining materials. It directs water from the fascia into the gutter and are available in aluminum, galvanized steel, fiberglass, copper, and even plastic. Metalworks are best as it is very sturdy and long-lasting. A drip edge not only completely seals any gaps that may be present in the edges of the roof, but it also creates an impenetrable barrier between the fascia and the water. Below are some reasons why it is important to have a drip edge for your gutter system.
1. Helps protect your porch and basement
A drip edge helps to redirect water from the roof into the gutter. This keeps water from getting on the ground near your home and helps prevent water from draining onto your porch or soaking into your basement.
2. Helps prevent damage to fascia and soffit boards
The soffit and fascia can become damaged if left exposed without a gutter drip edge. The gutter drip edge directs water away from your fascia and soffit boards which helps them stay dry and prevents discoloration and wood rot.
3. Roof Stabilization
A drip edge flashing adds connection from your gutter to your roof. This eliminates a lot of damage to your roof and gutter system caused by wind.
4. Added barrier to keep away small animals and pests
Pests and small animals love to create nests in fascia boards. By installing a drip edge, an additional barrier is created around the edge of your roof.