Drip Edge and Rake Edge
Drip edge and Rake edge is the first part of the Roof System to be installed. It is a long and narrow piece of metal which is installed along each end of your Roof Deck, ie: along the eaves trough and along the gable ends.
The Alberta Building Code does not require the installation of Drip edge and Rake edge. For this reason, many new homes and/or low budget roof systems do not have drip edge installed in order to allow for more affordable roof prices. We recommend however that Drip edge and Rake edge be installed on every Roof System.
Drip and Rake edge is available in a variety of different colors and sizes and can be custom built for the needs of your roof system. Installing an appropriate drip edge often saves hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars when your roof system needs replaced.
If your Roof System does not currently have drip or rake edge installed, do not panic, you'll survive well enough. Just be aware that the Calgary Roofing Contractor you select to replace your roof may need to replace some of the wood Roof Deck when the time comes for your roof to be replaced.