How To Install Gutter Apron

How does gutter apron work?

If there were no gutter aprons installed behind your gutters, it’s likely that water is dripping behind your gutter. A gutter apron tucks under the shingles of a roof and over the seam that connects the gutter to the roof. This provides an extra barrier to divert water away from the seam and into the gutter.

Does gutter apron go over drip edge?

Installation. A gutter apron is built on the corners of the roof decking. It is installed under an attic’s shingles to direct water into the gutter. Meanwhile, a drip edge is connected to the trim and typically hangs straight past the gutter.

Does gutter apron go over or under ice and water shield?

It should be installed behind the gutter and over the top of the fascia board, eliminating the gap between the fascia board and first roof board. When installed correctly, the ice and water shield will extend up the roof from the fascia board to a minimum of 2” past the exterior wall.

Why does water run behind my gutters?

When the roof shingles do not extend past the metal drip edge the water will suck back on the metal drip edge ( this is called capillary action) and run behind your gutters. NOTE: Capillary Action is a water activity in which water adheres to a surface and follow the surface around.

Should gutters be tucked under drip edge?

It is recommended that gutters are placed under or ‘behind’ the drip edge of your roof. A drip edge refers to a component that hangs over the roof and has an outward projecting lower edge.

Should there be a gap between drip edge and fascia?

A metal drip edge will help protect the sheathing under the roof, but if it’s installed too closely to the fascia board, it can still cause water to be drawn into the fascia. The best installation method is to leave a gap between the drip edge and the fascia board, about the width of a finger.

How is a gutter attached to a fascia board?

Gutters installed on an angled Fascia board should be installed as level as possible. This is done with the use of gutter wedges (sometimes called “gutter shims”). They are attached to the back of the gutter and are cut to the degree of the roof slope.

Can you install gutter apron after shingles?

It is important to note that flat tar or membrane roofing, tile shingles, and slate cannot be lifted, and gutter aprons should preferably be installed when a new roof is being installed. However, if you do not have one, a roofing services contractor can assist you in installing one on your roof.