There are a near infinite number of things to worry about when it comes to your roofing in Midland, TX and keeping on top of them all is a mighty difficult task—sooner or later, something small is going to fall through the cracks and compromise the integrity of your roof in a big way. That is, of course, unless you eliminate the cracks altogether and take every precaution to give yourself a sound roof!
We’re talking of course about the drip edge around your roof! Without a drip edge to help bridge the gap between your roofing material and your gutter, you’re just asking for water damage down the road. Taking care to implement and protect your drip edge is going to deliver major peace of mind for you throughout the life of your roof.
How the drip edge works
As mentioned, the drip edge connects your roofing material to your gutter system. Actually, more specifically, it overhangs your gutters to swiftly jettison water off of your shingles (or other roofing material) into your gutters, where it will be carried away from your home. Without a drip edge in place, your roof will still be able to accomplish this task, but there will be a slight gap between the roof and gutter where moisture can very easily intrude.
Painting your drip edge?
Your drip edge is traditionally going to be covered by your roofing in Midland, TX, which means for many people, it’s an afterthought—something that, after its installed, will do its job without needing any attention. For the most part this is true, however there are a few things that can be done to increase its effectiveness—namely, painting it.
Painting your drip edge does two chief things. First and foremost, when you paint and prime a drip edge, it’s going to seal the drip edge itself against moisture damage. The primer will lay down a sealant foundation, while a water-resistant, exterior-approved paint will complement it, creating a waterproof barrier.
Second, if your drip edge does protrude from your roof, painting it will allow it to better blend in seamlessly with the façade of your roof and provide your home with a more streamlined appearance.
Going the extra mile
Painting the drip edge of your roof may seem like a superfluous act—especially if your edge is hidden by roofing materials—but it’s one that could benefit you in the long run. The drip edge in and of itself is designed to protect the integrity of your roof, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t also need its own protecting! Priming and painting will deliver that protection, along with a cohesive aesthetic if your drip edge is visible.
To learn more about your home’s drip edge or to inquire about what you can do to further protect it, contact a professional at Raintree Roofing today. We’re happy to help assess the capabilities of your drip edge and make recommendations as to what can be done to improve or sustain its effectiveness.