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How To Extend Roof Shingles Over Edge So That Can Drop Into My Gutters?

My roof shingles are flush with with the eve so that when the water pours off of the roof it misses the gutter. I have been told I need to extend the shingles out so that the water can run from the last shingle to the gutter. How is that done? Please give me simple directions because I am slow. I can probably do it but don’t assume I know anything. I can’t afford to hire a roofer.
Thanks

3 Thoughts on “How To Extend Roof Shingles Over Edge So That Can Drop Into My Gutters?

  1. Tedruski on September 8, 2013 at 8:57 pm said:

    I don’t know where some of these people get their terms for construction materials. Your problem is not the position of the shingles. In fact your guttering is positioned to low on the fascia board, or not far enough out from the fascia board. This is a common problem when a house is re-roofed and the old layer of shingles are left in place. Sometimes the roofers (instead of cutting back the old shingles and removing the roof starter strip) just add another pc. of roof edge metal over the old which moves the edge of roof out further.Or you simply need to raise your gutter up if you can. You can simply remove the existing guttering and build out your existing fascia board with another pc. of wood fascia board probably a 1″ x 6″ or even a 2″ x 6″ if you fascia board is way back. Prime and paint it good before installation. Then re-install your guttering which will mean you will need to adapt the elbows and downspout pipe by adding a longer pc. of downspout between the drop out and the house. You can always wrap the fascia with aluminum later when you have the money. Normally the roof edge (this is the pc. of metal that is placed on the roof deck at all edges prior to installing the shingles) just hangs over the fascia board 3/4″ to 1″. So, add the wood fascia board until the edge of your shingles is about the same distance from the new surface of the new fascia board.

  2. The problem isn’t with the shingles. The real problem is the wrong type of metal roof edging. On a building with gutters there should be a metal roof edging called gutter apron installed under the shingles. This is shaped so the back side of the gutter fits behind it. It comes most commonly in 10′ lengths. Carefully with a 4-6″ putty knife pry up the bottom row of shingles you just want to get it loose at this point. Slide the gutter apron under the shingles and use roofing nails under the shingles to secure it. Make sure to overlap each section of gutter apron at least 3-4″. After installing go back with roof cement also known as roofing tar and put down a line of it all along the bottom side of the pried up shingles to reseal them.

  3. Dan the brick man on September 9, 2013 at 8:25 am said:

    it might be called drip edge where you live…

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