How To Install Drip Edge Without Hiring Any Expert?

How To Install Drip Edge
Written by Chloe Starr

 Have you noticed rainwater getting beyond the gutter board and damaging your fascia board? Do the water seep into your attic from snow-water or after the rains?

 Architects and designers regularly try to build beautiful and creative looking homes. As a result, they miss giving much attention to safeguarding your house from various weather conditions. Water from rain and snow should naturally flow down towards the drain canal.

How To Install Drip Edge

 However, at times, the water leaks down the soffit and to the walls. This cause the weakening of home structure including the basement. This can be a big issue if not fixed at the earliest.

 So, after investing a fortune in your new home, a minute negligence can result in more spending in the long run. Don’t worry! You can prevent it by a few simple easy steps. Yes, and you can even do it yourself without even hiring a professional. Saving your time and money.

 Remember, we are together in this project. So, let’s get started!


 Drip edge is a shaped metal strip that gets nailed to the borders of the eaves. It covers the wood sections to make it water tight for waterproofing. It's modern grade galvanized aluminum or steel that won't rust and will remain solid throughout the years.


 Moreover, it covers the wood decking at the roof area and supports the roof shingles on top. It keeps water from reaching and harming the roof shingles from hanging over the roof edge and enhance the look for your roof borderline.

 It is available premade in 10-foot section and can be purchased from a nearby store or online.


  Inexperienced contractual workers normally don’t introduce drip edge before laying down shingles. They simply broaden the shingles over the edges for water to fall into the drain canal. This creates a catastrophic situation for homeowners after a few years. The shingles bend over time and water drops beneath the gutter canal.

drip edge

  Waterproofing and enhanced water-shedding are the fundamental purposes behind drip edge, however, there are a couple of other strong reasons why you require drip edge:

  • Outrageous winds may blow rainwater at your roof which results in moving up shingles. The drip edge below keeps water from splashing into the fascia along the soffit. Maintains the protection.
  • A metal strip wall will stop animals, bugs and birds from getting into your attic.
  • Keeps the roof deck and belt sheets from moving, making the roof itself all the more fundamentally solid.
  • Comes in different colors that will supplement your siding and roof colors: dark brown, white, dark and steel gray.
  • A glossy metal drip edge along the eaves of your roof will give it a broad look.


  • Ladder
  • Measuring Tape
  • Metal Snips10-foot Metal Strip Sections
  • Galvanized Roofing Nails
  • Hammer
  • Pencil


Step 1 - Preparation and Measurement

  Start removing all the soil, dust and debris from your roof extensions and gutter board. Take measurements from all edges and note the details on a piece of paper. Please do calculate how many drip edge strips are required to complete the task.

preparation and measurement

Step 2 – Cutting the Drip Edge Sections

  Place the metal strip against the corner of the fascia where the vertical edge meets the horizontal edge. So that it will be even with the edge when installed. Use a pencil to mark the angle of the incline on the strip. You can utilize a metal or tin snip to cut the drip edge as per your measurements.

Drip Edge Sections

  Make sure you trim and bend to form a closure at the corner so that there is no gap left. If possible, have a professional with the proper gear to curve or bend your drip edge before fixing. An expert roofer will have the gear required to curve a custom drip edge which can keep water from dripping behind a drain.

Step 3 - Drip Edge Installation

  Always perform this on a sunny day so the shingles can be effortlessly unpeeled. This installation process can be started at the lower end of the roof line and keep doing until you reach the peak.

Drip Edge Installation

  Gently lift the shingles and slip the top extension of the drip edge beneath. Use roofing nails to pin the edge through each foot. Shoot the nail from the drip edge into the roof area. Avoid nailing through the fascia. Place the shingles back as you move ahead.

  If you live in an area with high winds, rains, and even snows, we recommend placing nails 4-6 inches apart. If your area is more settled, you can nail every 12 inches along the rake. Fewer nails will be vital with substantial gauge metal drip edge flashing.

  • Make sure the nails utilized are sufficiently long to infiltrate through the roof decking.
  • Utilize nails that are good with the flashing material utilized.
  • Galvanized nails with painted aluminum and steel or Copper Nails with copper drip edge can be useful too.

Step 4 - Overlapping Joints Between Two Strips

  You can create a lap joint once you reach the end of a strip. To form a lap joint, you can connect the upper edge of the lower edge between two metal strips. It would help the water to flow down properly and not diverting over the joint. Carry on the task until you have completely placed the metal strips over all the edges of the roof.

Overlapping Joints Between Two Strips

Step 5 - Water Test

  Sprinkle or splash water on top of the roof in order to check for any leaks. Have someone to do this part. Meanwhile, you can cross check the intersections, joints and another part of the edges from below. It’s essential to do a check rather than waiting for the rains to arrive.

Water Test

  If you find any leaks or holes, you can fix with strip nails and even use roof cement. Roof cement is meant for repairing holes, leaks, fixing joints, and cover gutter rust spots. It’s a very handy material as well. It would cost between $10-20 on average from eBay or Amazon.

 We all do love, care our home and want to safeguard it from all weathers. If you keep up the regular repairs and fixings, the house would similarly return the same favor to you.

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 Thank you for reading and have a good day! Don’t hesitate to share this article on any social networking sites and other forums, and help create more awareness within the property and home owners. 

About the author

Chloe Starr

I'm Chloe. Love my house like anyone in my team - and always try my best to improve it ! You can send to me any of your ideas by going to Contact Us.

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