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Old 11-01-2007, 02:53 PM   #1
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Hello all,

Just wanted to get a quick idea: When we got our shingles replaced recently, the Amish roofing guys tarred down the end of the last row of shingles, which had not been done before. I'm looking at putting new gutter guards up and am slightly worried at pulling up the ends to slip the gutter guards under the last row of shingles. I don't want to damage anything, since I've already ripped one shingle doing it.

So: Is it standard to tar down the last row of shingles? How will it affect gutter guards that require being slipped under that last row?

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Are you speaking of sealant between the starter course of shingles and the first row of field applied shingles, or are you saying they solidly cemented the bottom starter shingle to the decking or felt paper?

I will assume they applied sealant between the starter course and the 1st fiels row of actual colored shingles. If so, why not install them under the starter course?

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Old 11-02-2007, 03:57 AM   #3
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no it is not standard,more than a quarter size dollop put to hold shingles down in high wind areas,can cause blistering,and premature failure of the shingles--it sounds like this was his attempt at Ice+water shield-LOL--IF you put the guards into it you will break the seal-I would have a professional roofer look at it !!
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Old 11-02-2007, 05:45 AM   #4
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I have a 32-foot high A-frame (built 1977) on the Albemarle Sound waterfront in northeastern NC.
I had it re-roofed in 1991 with 40-year limited warranty double-bonded fiberglass architectural shingles, and I had the pro roofers use black plastic roofing cement under ALL edges and at the bottom of the A under the starter course.
It was applied 6"-12" in a solid layer between the edges and bottom to the drip edges and 30-lb felt. Each edge/end/bottom shingle has 8 nails and the field shingles have 5 nails (warranty requirement...they aren't 3-tab, but larger).
We have been through several hurricanes, including a direct hit by Isabel in 2003, numerous gale force nor'easters, and one water spout (tornado on the water) without losing a shingle from any high wind damage!
I've seen no damage from this sealing of our roof edges.
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Proper starter course with seal strip at edge, and nailed along the edge does the same as all that black junk. If roofed correctly, no 'tar' is needed, but if you like the stuff, more power to you.
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Oh yeah, 6 nails to the shingle would be better.
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mfgr.s specs detail that this will occur w/more than quarter size dollops used to seal down shingles in high wind areas,and yes I`ve seen it happen,not immediately,but it will shorten the life definitely
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