When you think of rakes, odds are you think of the hand tool that you use in the fall to collect leaves. While that is true of the traditional sense of rakes, when discussing roofing, rakes are an integral part of the roofing system.

Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists serves the greater Atlanta area with the best residential and multi-family roofing services, from roofing replacements to roofing maintenance. We offer financing on our roofs so you can replace your roof when you need to. Below, we’ll take a look at rakes in roofing. Contact us today to learn more!

What is a rake in roofing?
Rakes work in conjunction with soffits and fascia that we have discussed in detail in previous posts. A rake is the sloped part of the end of the gable in gable roofs, or the trim for gables. Rakes are another area on the exterior of your home (in addition to soffits and fascia) that can be customized to match the trim of your home. They can be intricate or simple in design, flat or sloped. They are usually positioned just below your roof’s shingles or other roofing material used.


  1. Overhanging exposed.
  2. Overhanging that is boxed in.
  3. Abbreviated or extended.

Rakes are often left exposed on less important buildings, such as barns, sheds, or country cottages.

What is a rake board?

Much like a fascia board, a rake board is mainly for aesthetic value. A rake board is the board that is placed on the slope of the roof of your home. It covers the top edge of the siding where it meets the roof, or sometimes the soffit, depending on if there is an overhang or not. A rake board prevents rain from running the wrong way that could ultimately cause damage to your roof’s interior due to a leak.


As mentioned above raking has two main purposes:

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Prevent water leakage into home


A specialist is someone who has detailed knowledge of a subject, usually from years of study and/or practice. This definition of a specialist definitely applies to Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists in Atlanta. We are proud to bring the best roofing services to your neighborhood, specializing in residential roofing and multi-family roofing. From roofing replacement, roofing repair, and roof maintenance, we’ve got you covered for all your roofing needs.

When you need a full roof replacement, there’s no need to panic. Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists offers financing for your new roofing system, which covers the entire project, including roofing materials and labor. In the case of roof damage from a storm or hail, we work with all insurance companies to get your residential or multi-family roof repair covered. If you’re having problems with your gutters, we’ll handle that as well. Our mission is to cover all of your roofing needs with one service, making it easier on you. The customer always comes first, and we want you 100% satisfied with the roofing service you procured.

When it comes to roofing materials, Brett Hayse Exterior Services will help you decide on which roofing material is best for your home and for your purpose. For example, if you plan on selling your home soon, asphalt shingles are probably your best option for cost effectiveness and value. If you plan on staying quite some time, you may want to consider a heavier-duty roofing material, such as metal roofing or slate roofing that can potentially last 50 years or more with regular maintenance.

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