What Is A Drip Edge?

A drip edge is a layer of stone or concrete that extends from the base of your home about one foot. This stone layer serves multiple purposes, most of which revolve around protecting the foundation of your home, and thus your entire home. Excess water, plants, and dirt against your home's foundation spells trouble by rotting wood or causing cracks around your home. So what does a drip edge do?

We don’t receive excessive rain all year in Colorado, but there are times in the spring and fall where it feels like the rain will never stop. During these times gutters can overflow allowing water to fall right at your home’s foundation. If you have snow-packed gutters, the snow melt may also flow over the sides, rather than down the drainage system. All of this water landing on your foundation, sits in the soil against your home. A drip edge provides protection against water by diverting it away from your foundation.

Beyond diverting water away from your home, a drip edge also gives your foundation much needed breathing room. Water that lands next to your home can make dirt splatter against your home, leaving ugly brown stains along the base of your home. While these stains are unsightly they don’t compare to the risk of dry plants and mulch sitting against your home. With the rise in fire frequency, this dry tinder puts your home at risk during our hot and dry summers.

Drip edges provide much needed functionality for Loveland landscaping, as well as an extra layer of stone for added aesthetics. If you are interested in adding a drip edge or other landscaping elements to your Loveland, Fort Collins, or Greeley home, contact Showcase Landscape and Irrigation today.

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