How Much Does a Drip Edge Cost?

Lisa Gauthier Mitchison
Updated January 24, 2022
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The cost to install drip edges is $1 to $2 per linear foot

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A drip edge is the part of your roof where the edge meets the siding. It's a molding or metal flashing that seals the edge of your roof by the eaves. Also called drip edge flashing or D-metal, a drip edge plays an essential role in protecting your roof. A drip edge keeps water away from your fascia and prevents water from getting inside the roof by directing water into your gutters. Without a drip edge, water would run behind your gutters, rotting the fascia board and roof decking or even the shingles. If you're installing a new roof on your home, adding a drip edge is smart. The International Residential Code requires that drip edges be on houses, so be sure to talk to your roofing professional about including them.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Drip Edge per Linear Foot?

Aluminum is standard for drip edges. Installed, it averages $1 to $2 per linear foot depending on the roofing company’s labor rates. Upgrading to steel or copper will cost more.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Drip Edge Yourself?

Roof work can be hazardous and requires a lot of know-how—and a tall ladder. This is a job best left to the roofing pros.

However, if you choose to install drip edge yourself, you will save about $45 to $75 per hour on labor. This will leave you with a materials cost of $3 to $10 per 10 linear feet of drip edge.

You will also need a tape measure, hammer, pencil, ladder, small roofing nails, and tin snips.

How Much Does Drip Edge Cost by Type?

Drip edges come in plastic and metal, but plastic, vinyl, and fiberglass are best used for doors and windows because they aren’t as strong.

  • Aluminum is a common material for drip edges. While it isn’t as strong as steel, it doesn’t corrode. It’s also popular because you can find it in many colors. Aluminum drip edge runs approximately $3 to $10 per 10 linear feet, depending on what style you choose.

  • Galvanized steel drip edges prevent rust and must be a minimum of 24-gauge steel to withstand strong winds. Galvanized steel drip edge runs approximately $3 to $10 per 10 linear feet, depending on the style you choose.

  • Copper gives a roof a unique look. It must be a minimum of 0.69 millimeters or 20 ounces. Copper drip edge runs approximately $35 to $75 per 10 linear feet, depending on what style you choose.

How Much Does Drip Edge Cost by Style?

Drip edges come in three styles.

  • Type C is L-shaped and is sometimes called L style. Type C is bent at a 90-degree angle and has a flange at the bottom. Type C costs approximately $3 to $10 depending on what material you choose.

  • Type D is shaped like a T with a flange at the bottom. It is also called drip metal, D-metal, or T style. This style keeps the water farther away from the fascia. Type D costs approximately $10 to $15 depending on what material you choose.

  • Type F has an extended drip edge with a longer leading edge. This style is typical when installing new drip edges over existing shingles or on rake edges. This style is also called F style or gutter apron. Type F costs approximately $3 to $10 depending on what material you choose.

What Factors Influence the Cost to Install Drip Edge?

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When determining the price of installing drip edges, the biggest factor is whether or not it's part of a new roof installation. While you can install drip edges if your current roof does not have them, they won’t be as effective. In this case, you’ll pay for materials plus roofing labor (approximately $45 to $75 per hour). When folded into the price of a new roof, the cost of drip edges is nominal.

Other factors to consider:

  • Size of your roof

  • Height of your home

  • Type of drip edge you choose

FAQs About Drip Edge Installation

Is a drip edge necessary?

Yes, because it prevents water damage, deters pests from accessing the roof decking, protects the roof from wind damage, and lengthens the roof's life. Plus, building codes require it. 

“It should be standard operating procedure for homeowners and professional crews to install a drip edge to ensure water is being directed into the gutters and moved away from the home,” says Michael DiMartino, senior vice president of installations at Power Home Remodeling. “Routinely cleaning clogged gutters can also mitigate roof leaks.”

The recommendation is 36 gauge or larger to ensure it's resistant to corrosion.

Can I add drip edges to my existing roof?

Yes, but it won't be as effective as installing it as part of a new roof because it won't be as water-resistant. However, a drip edge installed after the fact is better than no drip edge at all.

What Other Projects Should I Do at the Same Time?

Drip edge installation is almost always part of installing a new roof.

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