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Do Gutters Go Under Drip Edge?

When installing a new gutter system, do you need to worry about the drip edge? A lot of people seem to think that the gutter must go under the drip edge, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, there are several factors to consider when deciding whether or not the gutter should go under the drip edge.

What is the Drip Edge?

The drip edge is a strip of metal (usually aluminum) that is installed along the edges of your roof. The drip edge serves two purposes: to keep water from running behind your gutters and to provide a finished look to your roofline. In most cases, the drip edge will extend beyond the gutter itself, providing an overhang of about ½ inch. This overhang ensures that water runs into the gutter and not behind it.

Do Gutters Go Under Drip Edge?

Do Gutters Go Under Drip Edge?

Traditionally, gutters have been installed so that they sit on top of the drip edge. This method works well and it is still used by many contractors today. However, there is a newer method of installation that has gained popularity in recent years: installation under the drip edge.

Installing gutters under the drip edge has a number of advantages. First, it provides better protection for your fascia board (the board that sits behind your gutters). When gutters are installed on top of the drip edge, water can sometimes run behind the gutters and cause damage to the fascia. By installing your gutters under the drip edge, you can prevent this from happening.

Another advantage of this method is that it gives your home a cleaner look. When gutters are installed on top of the drip edge, they tend to stick out further from the side of your house. This can be unsightly, especially if your home has a more modern aesthetic. Installing gutters under the drip edge gives them the streamlined look that many homeowners prefer.

Gap Between Drip Edge and Gutter

The gap between a drip edge and a gutter is important because it allows water to flow off the roof and away from the building. If there is no gap, or if the gap is too small, water will flow over the edge of the gutter and into the building, which can cause damage to the roof, walls, and foundation.

Ideally, there should be a minimum of 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) between the drip edge and gutter. If your gutters are clogged or need to be replaced, you may need to increase this distance to prevent water from flowing over the edge.

Can You Install Gutter Apron Over Drip Edge?

It depends on the specific gutter apron you are using. Most aprons will attach to the fascia board or roof edge, and will then hang down over the edge of the gutter. This will keep water from running behind the gutter and down the side of your house, and will also help to protect the fascia board and roofing from excess water damage.

If your gutter apron does not attach directly to the gutter, it is not likely to be effective in preventing water runoff. In this case, you would be better off installing a gutter guard or other type of drainage system that would keep debris out of your gutters and allow water to flow freely.


As you can see, there are pros and cons to both methods of installation. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and what works best for your home. If you have any questions or would like help deciding which method is right for you, feel free to give us a call or stop by our showroom. We’ll be happy to help you choose the best option for your needs.

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