Starter course


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Old 02-14-05, 11:26 AM
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Starter course

I did not put a starter course on the rakes of a roof I was doing this weekend. I thought you only needed a starter course on the eaves. Is this a really bad mistake, is there any way to correct it without re-roofing the whole house again???
 
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Old 02-14-05, 01:29 PM
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If you want to do it, you'd want to start at the top row, and work your way down. Use a pry bar and remove just those nails as needed to slip a starter strip under the shingles.

But...........I'm not sure it's worth the effort at this point.
Unless this needs to be done in order to pass an inspection, I think maybe just leave it.

Seen lots and lots of roofs which had no starter strip installed on gable edges and the main result is a weaker edge to the wind.

Now the eve edge is another matter............but I think you implied you installed them there.
 
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Old 02-14-05, 02:10 PM
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No one in my area installs starters on the rakes. I've only seen it done once, and that was a shortcut to help hide a potentially crooked cut. Provided you left a 1/4" or so hang over the drip edge, I don't see any problem.
 
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Old 02-14-05, 02:54 PM
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Thanks for the info. I will be sure to put a starter strip next time.
 
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Old 02-15-05, 04:06 AM
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One last thot.........
Starters should be used on gable/rake edges, if for no other reason because it's in the manufacturer's specs.
But in addition, those edges are far more prone to tearing when there's no starter strip laid first.
And if the strip is laid with sealant-strip on the outer edge, it makes it far more wind-resistent.
And it just looks better.
 
 

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