Q&A – Shingles Are Off, Does the Drip Edge Get Replaced?

Q&A Drip Edge
April 23, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.

This Wisconsin homeowner had a question about installing or replacing the drip edge on their roof after the shingles were off and turned to the experts.  

Sarah, a homeowner in Wisconsin, had this question about the drip edge on their roof: 

After all shingles are off of the roof, would it be normal procedure to install or replace the drip edge? 

One of our roofing experts, John Stout from Go Roof Tune Up, had this to say in response:  

The existing edge metal should last longer than the shingle roof. If the edge metal is damaged, bent or unsightly, it should be replaced.  

It is completely acceptable to reuse the existing edge metal if it is in a satisfactory condition. 

We hope this answers your question. Enjoy your new roof. 

Another roofing expert, John Kenney from Cotney Consulting Group, says: 

Yes, during the new shingle installation, the drip is installed after the roof deck has been prepared. If the underlayment over the deck is felt-based, then the drip edge should be installed first, and the felt paper should go over the drip edge. If self-adhering membrane underlayment is used for water and ice dam protection, the underlayment can be installed over or under the drip. If under, a separate striping ply would be used over the drip edge. 

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About Go Roof Tune Up™  

Go Roof Tune Up™ is the premier provider of roofing services including repair, maintenance and replacement. We currently offer services in a number of states and the list is growing regularly. We work with homeowners, real estate professionals, property managers and home investors. Because of our extensive roof repair experience, Go Roof Tune Up™ can confidently offer you an exclusive 5 years no Leaks Limited Warranty- on your ENTIRE ROOF!  

Go Roof Tune Up™ is comprised of certified roofing professionals and expert craftsmen with a senior management team of a combined 140 years of roofing experience. With this experience and continuing education for all team members we are convinced that roof maintenance is the best way to ensure the longevity of a roof and that by far most roofs can be repaired rather than replaced.  

About John Kenney 

John Kenney is the Chief Executive Officer at Cotney Consulting Group. Prior to starting Cotney, John had 45 years of experience in the construction industry. John began his career by working as a roofing apprentice at a family business in the Northeast. Because of his skill and hard work, he progressed from roofing laborer to foreman, estimator, chief estimator, Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer with his various companies. John has worked for multiple Top 100 Roofing Contractors and is intimately familiar with all aspects of roofing production, estimating, and operations. In his last role, John was responsible for the daily operations and performance of a large commercial roofing contractor. During his tenure, John ran business units associated with delivering excellent workmanship and unparalleled customer service while ensuring healthy net profits for his company.



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