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Old 11-20-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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Which do you use when starting asphalt roofing, colored shingle or dedicated starter strip?

I'm being told cutting a colored shingle is better since manufacturers charge more for starter strips. My research shows dedicated starter are cheaper for 100 linear feet vs cutting the tabs off 100 linear feet of colored shingle.

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Starter strips are cheaper.

Quality wise, on eaves I prefer 3tabs for starter for the increased headlap they afford. Starter strips are nice up rakes.

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Starter strips are cheaper.

Quality wise, on eaves I prefer 3tabs for starter for the increased headlap they afford. Starter strips are nice up rakes.
I concur fully.
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You don't to waist a nice 30 year for a starter. Just get some stater shingles or some cheap 3 tabs.
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You don't to waist a nice 30 year for a starter. Just get some stater shingles or some cheap 3 tabs.

Exactly what I'm thinking. Even more so since I'm paying more for the upgraded shingle that are being used as a starter.

While I'm thinking about it, why isn't a rolled starter strip product used? From what I have read about installing the starter, it has to be properly spaced so the starter seams don't line up with the shingle seams. Wouldn't rolling out a continuous starter eliminate the seam issue? Roll out, nail, and it's done. Would work for the rake end also.
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Exactly what I'm thinking. Even more so since I'm paying more for the upgraded shingle that are being used as a starter.

While I'm thinking about it, why isn't a rolled starter strip product used? From what I have read about installing the starter, it has to be properly spaced so the starter seams don't line up with the shingle seams. Wouldn't rolling out a continuous starter eliminate the seam issue? Roll out, nail, and it's done. Would work for the rake end also.
Installing starters is roofing 101.
I think OC makes a rolled starter, though I cant imagine why.
I bet your roofer just wants to use up some of his shingle pile, the pile of shingles next to his shed. Every roofer has one.
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I cannot stand guys who use 3-tabs as starters these days. They're rarely ever installed properly.

Premade starter is better, cheaper and quicker.
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You don't to waist a nice 30 year for a starter. Just get some stater shingles or some cheap 3 tabs.
"waste" vs "waist"
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"waste" vs "waist"
I just read my post. I screwed it up a couple times.

To OP just grab some starter shingles.
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I cannot stand guys who use 3-tabs as starters these days. They're rarely ever installed properly.

Premade starter is better, cheaper and quicker.
If someone can't figure out how to use a three tab shingle as a starter they have no business on a roof.
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If someone can't figure out how to use a three tab shingle as a starter they have no business on a roof.
We very rarely tear off roofs where the my cut the tabs of the shingle. Actually, I can only remember one.
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Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Again, my point is, there is a proper tool for every job. Why turn a shingle around if it was designed to be installed the other/correct/tab down way?

If there are less expensive manufacturer designed starter strips, why not use them. I really don't want previous job, mixed color, been laying around next to the shed shingles used on my house.

My house, my money.

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