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Starter Shingles Installed Correctly

Starter Shingles Perimeter of a RoofStarter shingles are installed at the perimeter of shingle roofing systems.

Starter shingles are nailed to the edges of the roof deck. They will typically overhang the drip edge around 1” to 1.5”.

They seal and stiffen the shingle to give the edges and perimeter of your roofing system better wind uplift rating and protect the edge of your roof from the elements. It helps to protect the eave and rake edge by waterproofing it and also assists in preventing shingles from blowing off because it adheres the field course and starter course together with a strong adhesive.

GAF Starter Shingles

If you look above, you will see that starter strip adhesive runs closer to the edge of the roof than the shingle adhesive line does, allowing for more area of the shingle to be fascinated down securely. GAF for example offers a 130 MPH wind rating for their system with a fully fastened starter strip.

Improper Install of Starter Strip

Improper Install of Starter Strip

Missing starter strip

Missing starter strip

Proper material types can either use actual starter shingles, or if you are looking for a cheaper way you can use 3 tab shingles in place of starter shingle. This is what we offer in our Bronze Roofing Package.

3 Tab Starter Shingles

The wind uplift for 3- tab shingles used as starter will not be as great, but the edges of the roof will still be protected. The 3-tab needs to be flipped upside down, so the tabs are not exposed. (please see photo above)

If you want to be more modern actual starter comes in generic rectangle shape to help assure it can fit with any shingle type. Other than the shape difference they are essentially made from the same material as fiber glass reinforced shingle, which is again why a three tab can be substituted if needed, because these are all similar types of shingles.

Starter Shingle Layout

Synthetic Underlayment

Proper installation (lap) of starter strips is extremely important to protect the edge of your roofing system from the elements. If correctly installed the starter is what keeps the water run off from going into the roof decking. This is because roof shingles are designed to direct water towards the edges of the structure, and if you don’t have starter at the edges water can permeate the decking.

A bonus perk to starter shingles is that it also helps to provide a nice clean look to the roof’s edge.

So what are the risks of improperly installed starter or lack or starter? The obvious concerns would be mold and rot to the roof line and fascia boards. This is because water is able to get under the edges of the shingles or in the places where shingles were wind blown off and start to deteriorate the decking. Very soon these places can lead to roof leaks and eventually holes in your roof. The value of starter cannot be emphasised enough, it might just be the difference between a short and long life for your roof.

Insurance Companies Paying for Starter Shingles:

Starter shingles are commonly defined by insurance companies as “Waste” when describing how to pay or insurance fund your next roofing project.

Waste is a cheaper line item for insurance companies than starter shingles.

Litespeed Construction disagrees with insurance companies calling starter shingles waste material based on the following merits:

Waste is literally defined as left over materials.
New starter material is not left over materials. Please see picture of new starter shingle bundles below:

Starter Shingles

These will be new fresh bundles of specific material designed to be used at the edge of your roof. They will be installed at the edges of the roof (THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF YOUR ROOF TO WORK ON). That is why Litespeed Construction bills insurance companies the higher price for starter shingles.

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