Every home should be equipped with a properly working gutter system. Without one, a home can experience roof leaks and flooding on the property. To ensure that your gutters won’t weaken the structure of your roof, gutter aprons should be installed and maintained.
What are Gutter Aprons?
Gutters are installed on the edges of the roof to collect rainfall and redirect it down and away from the house. To prevent any water from getting underneath the edges of the roof, pieces of flashing are installed on the eaves, underneath the shingles. The remainder will hang off and sit up against the backside of the gutter itself.
How to Install Them
Grab your piece of flashing and slip it underneath the bottom layer of shingles. It should now be lying in-between the sheathing and the starter layer of shingles on the roof. Use roofing nails to secure your flashing to the sheathing, followed by re-nailing your shingles on top of the apron. The flashing that hangs down should go about an inch past the top of the gutter.
DIY or Professional Job?
Adding or fixing gutter aprons isn’t necessarily a difficult job to complete. Any homeowner that knows their way around the roof can certainly complete this job. However, gutter aprons must be installed properly or else rainfall will be able to get underneath your shingles. This will cause roof leaks, water damage, and eventual rot and mold. Since roof replacements can cost you a pretty penny, try to leave all roof repairs to the experts.
Gutter aprons are an important part of your roofing system that can help protect your home from the outside elements. When your roof needs repair, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.