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What is the name of this architectural element? Does it have a function??

What is the name of this architectural element? Does it have a function??

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Old 05-12-18, 12:24 PM
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What is the name of this architectural element? Does it have a function??

It's rotting and I need to replace it, but if it's just aesthetic I think I'd prefer to replace it with fascia/belly band so as not to unnecessarily create a horizontal surface for moisture to sit on.
 
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Old 05-12-18, 02:03 PM
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It's called a drip edge and it prevents water from running down / wicking into the unfinished concrete / stucco below it.
 
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Old 05-12-18, 02:49 PM
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Thanks! Not sure what was under there 100 years ago when the house was built, but there is no concrete or stucco to protect now.
 
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