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Old 10-21-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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I'm building a detached workshop, 11' x 15' with a hip roof 4:12 pitch. I have 15/32, 5 ply as decking, 16" oc. I have a 2 x 6 fascia and plan to have seamless rain gutter installed.

I noticed the different widths in drip edges, 1.5", 2" and 3" at Lowes.

Is there a rule or preference in which width to install?

Also, at the corners, is there any special cut to make? I was thinking of one cut on top and then wrap the corner with the top cut scissoring closed. Do these get sealed?

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You don't want drip edge, you want gutter apron, the two are not the same. Drip edge somewhat resembles a T, while gutter apron resembles an inverted L. 1.5" minimum on the face, but it really depends on how far you intend to slope the gutter. The standard stuff we buy is 2" face, 3" beneath the roof. Minimum slope would be 1/4" per 10'. Sometimes we have to custom bend out gutter apron if it's a very long run of gutter or we need to put on an excessive slope.


Special cut in the flashing? What you described is generally how we make our corner cuts, just make sure it sits flat and doesn't lift up the roofing material.

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Since it's a hip roof there's not going to be any drip edge on the fashia so the 1-1/2 will be fine.
I just make a straight cut on the part that shows and bend the stip over the roof, mark it so the higher side just over laps the lower cut and cut it again at an angle.
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Grumpy and Joe:
Thanks for the reply. I just picked up my materials from a roofing supply company. They sold me 2"x2" galv metal roof edge after I described my roof structure to them. It looks just like Grumpy described, an inverted L.

I'm roofing today because it's going to rain soon.
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May be to late now but when I do a gambrel roof I treat it like the two areas are two roofs so the last row of shingles does not just get bent over the change in angle.
I lay the low side first and end the shingles right at the angle. I then install a row of drip cap then install a starter strip of shigles and shingle up from there.
You should also install the lower shingles with more nails or there just going to start sliding down the roof.
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May be to late now but when I do a gambrel roof I treat it like the two areas are two roofs so the last row of shingles does not just get bent over the change in angle.
I lay the low side first and end the shingles right at the angle. I then install a row of drip cap then install a starter strip of shigles and shingle up from there.
You should also install the lower shingles with more nails or there just going to start sliding down the roof.

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I bought two rolls of Inovate Rapid Starter 9"x36". So, this will go on after the felt. The edge metal will go on before the felt. The only problem is, I don't see any adhesive (tar spots or stripes) on the starter roll. One side is granulated and the other side is smooth.
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May be to late now but when I do a gambrel roof I treat it like the two areas are two roofs so the last row of shingles does not just get bent over the change in angle.
I lay the low side first and end the shingles right at the angle. I then install a row of drip cap then install a starter strip of shigles and shingle up from there.
You should also install the lower shingles with more nails or there just going to start sliding down the roof.

Yes this is very important, but we bend a custom inverted apron flashing type detail. If I find a pic I will post.

There couldn't be adhesive on the roll or you'd never get the roll un stuck.
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Yes this is very important, but we bend a custom inverted apron flashing type detail. If I find a pic I will post.

There couldn't be adhesive on the roll or you'd never get the roll un stuck.

Grumpy..I learned that the roll goes down after the felt and gets nailed. The wind is kinda strong at times and I like to make sure the first layer of shingles at the eaves don't lift up. Should I put dabs of adhesive on the starter before I put down the 1st layer?

I intalled some of the metal roof edge today and I noticed the metal is not real tight up against the fascia where it comes close to the corners. There is about 1/16 gap only at the corners. The straight runs hug the fascia tightly. I tried to make the corner bend a sharp 90 degree using blocks of wood before I installed it on the roof.


I don't think this will harm anything because the rain gutters will cover the fascia board.
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I use CertainTeed swift start starters with pre applied adhesives. The adhesive is important for the wind uplift. I also install the starters as a bleeder course up my gables/rakes. If there is no adhesive I would recommend the application of quarter sized dallops of approved roofing cement or polyurethane sealant. Or just return the chit starter and buy (or cut) your own.
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I use CertainTeed swift start starters with pre applied adhesives. The adhesive is important for the wind uplift. I also install the starters as a bleeder course up my gables/rakes. If there is no adhesive I would recommend the application of quarter sized dallops of approved roofing cement or polyurethane sealant. Or just return the chit starter and buy (or cut) your own.

Thanks. I think I'll just do the dallops of roofing cement. That will be fine.

How important is it for the metal at the corners to fit real sharp and tight? I can't seem to put a crisp, sharp bend and have about a 1/16 of a gap at the corners.
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11/6" gap should be fine. If you're really concerned put some caulk up in there and screw it. If the gutter isn't already installed and the flashing is too tight, good luck sliding the gutter up in the corner!
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11/6" gap should be fine. If you're really concerned put some caulk up in there and screw it. If the gutter isn't already installed and the flashing is too tight, good luck sliding the gutter up in the corner!

Then I think it is fine the way it is, gap and all.

I'm installing a roof (attic) vent, not a ridge, and I cut the opening in the roof deck. I see, in a lot of youtube videos, where they are installing these on completed roof systems and they slide the top flange under a course of shingles. It looks like the top flange rests on top of the felt. But, I can't find any videos where they install on new, clean roof decks.

1. On new roofs, are these flashed just like windows, with the top flange under the felt and the bottom flange on top of the felt?
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1. On new roofs, are these flashed just like windows, with the top flange under the felt and the bottom flange on top of the felt?
When I install box vents, the entire flange is on top of the felt.
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When I install box vents, the entire flange is on top of the felt.

Thanks. That makes sense and that's what I'll do. I think I'll use some caulking around the top and sides of the flange too.

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