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Do I Need a Drip Cap Above My Garage Door?

Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team occasionally receives calls from someone who has a garage door that is not operating properly. There isn’t anything obvious that’s causing the problem, yet the door seems to be having a problem. Further inspection reveals water damage has occurred underneath the siding of the home. From the outside of your home, everything looks fine, however behind the siding is decayed and rotted wood from water damage.

How Water Damage Occurs in a Garage Door Header

Most frequently water damage occurs in homes that have vinyl siding or trim. If you look at the profile or the side view, of vinyl siding you’ll see the pieces have a ‘J’ shape that interlinks one piece to the next. Think of siding looking like a series of fish hooks hanging from each other. ‘J’ channel is not watertight.


Another area of leakage is caused by siding strips not long enough to cover the entire length of your home. You’ll see that several pieces in each layer overlap each other. Where these pieces join together water can leak underneath and get behind the siding.

Vinyl Siding and Brick or Stone Leakage

If your home’s exterior has different surfaces on it, for example, brick or stone with vinyl siding, where the different surfaces meet are especially prone to the same leakage problem. When this problem occurs flashing behind the siding will stop water from getting behind siding or trim.  

Replacing Rotted or Decaying Wood

The header of your garage needs to be stable and secure as it bears significant weight when operating your garage door. Water can be very destructive and will rot and decay wood. Before a drip cap flashing can be installed the decayed area will need to be replaced.

Installing a Garage Door Drip Cap

If there is no decayed or rotting word, a drip cap can be installed above your garage door using these easy steps:

  • Remove the siding or trim to expose the weather resistant barrier (frequently called Tyvek) underneath
  • Cut a piece of drip cap flashing to fit above your garage door
  • Using the garage doors trim edge as a guideline use a box cutter-style blade to cut the weather resistant barrier
  • Carefully position the drip cap in place, slipping the upper edge behind the edge of the weather resistant barrier
  • Secure the flashing, nailing it underneath the weather barrier, being careful to make sure the drip cap does not redirect water back to the building.
  • Seal the slit in the water-resistant barrier to the drip pan flashing with weather resistant building tape.
  • Put the siding back in place. Leave a 3/8” gap between the drip cap and the siding.

That’s it! Now you can be assured no water will get behind the water barrier of your garage door.

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Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team is always available to help with your garage door problems. Give us a call and we will dispatch a technician to your location. Help is just a phone call away.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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