How & why rain gets behind the gutter
I’m sure you’ve asked yourself how could this possibly happen? After paying all that money to have a professional install brand new gutters how is it possible that water is running behind them? Being you hire a professional to do the job tells me that it’s not your area of expertise and I can guarantee that leaves a horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach. The other problem is trying to get a contractor to come back and make it right after you have given them your hard earned money.
I have been in the Rainwear business my entire life from the timeI was a small child going with my dad riding cross country in a Chevy van to buy his very first seamless gutter machine, to working by my dad’s side in our family business that we have grown into a respectful manufacturer of a variety of rainwear and other exterior building products. I am also a very well know technician in the rainwear industry for sales and service of seamless gutter machines and in my spare time I still do installations for local contractors and home owners. I guess you could say it’s always been a part of me.
Wither your gutters are new or old Drip Strip is an inexpensive way to fix your problem without feeling like it is a temporary fix. Drip Strip is as permanent as the Gutter it is helping.
What causes water to run behind my gutter?
There are a few elements that come into play that cause water to run behind the gutter. The first cause is when the roofing material is installed a lot of roofers will not extend the roofing material past the roof edging or drip edge. It’s not always at fault with the roofing contractor being a lot of times they are in compliance with the manufactures recommended installation specs. The other element is if the gutter is not installed behind the drip edge it creates an air gap between the top of the gutter and the bottom of the drip edge which allows a place for the water to go. Being a manufacture of roof edgings and an installer of gutters I know first-hand it’s not always possible to get the gutter behind the drip edge and have it drain properly.
How does the water get there?
Water is funny stuff and you would probably never consider water to be sticky but it is. Capillary Action is when the molecules in a liquid have a greater attraction to the surface of a solid than they do to each other while traveling along that surface. Therefore when the water goes over the edge of your roof it will stay attracted to the surface of the drip edge and run behind the gutter. Drip Strip is designed to fill the gap between the bottom of the drip edge and the top of the gutter to insure the water goes in the gutter and doesn’t cause any damage to your fascia or other parts of your home or landscaping.