Rakes and eaves work together to create the borders of the roof of a home. Rakes are not always identified on roofs, because hip style roofs consist of only eaves. Gable style roofs contain both rakes and eaves, due to the gable or gables that are on the roofs. In the picture above, you will see where the rakes run up vertically, and the eaves are being placed down horizontally. The main function of the eaves is to keep the the sides dry from melted snow and rain. The eaves and the rakes are used to avoid water invasion. Water has the best access under the roofing system at the tips of the roofing rakes and eaves. Rakes and Eaves are the soldiers of the house, they protect the house from most liquids entering the within the roofing system.
Roofers in Charlotte NC tend to assume that the rakes and the eaves alone are able to keep water out of the roofing systems. That is not entirely true. Roofing contractor are also going to have to use a drip edge system to assist with the protection. The drip edge system was cleverly engineered to have water drip off vertically, at a slant to have it miss the house foundation. Without a basic drip edge system, a home owner could be dealing with bigger problems in the future.
Roofing rakes and roofing eaves are a great addition to a house, when it comes to stalling water from entering your home. It is the best when a drip edge system is installed. That will guarantee full protection from water invasion. Also if your gutters are old and are slowing falling apart, see professional advise. If the gutters are malfunctioning, they can cause major damage to the roof. We will discuss the damage in a different blog later, meanwhile, contact Charlotte Pro Roofing for a free roof/gutter inspection. It can save a big headache in the future.