The Benefits of Starter Strip Shingles

By Annie Crawford 02-08-2021
QUICK SHARE
Tag Icon

Contractors might skip using pre-perforated starter strip shingles for a variety of reasons. Hand-cutting traditional 3-tab shingles may seem cheaper, quicker, or easier. In reality, using pre-perforated starter strips helps save roofing contractors time and effort.

Outdated roofing habits can die hard, but eliminating the use of hand-cut, 3-tab shingles as starters is a smart play for savvy roofers. If your crew is still wasting time cutting by hand, consider making the switch to pre-perforated starter strips.

How Do Starter Strip Shingles Benefit Roofers?

"All in all, pre-perforated starter strips offer an easy, fast, and convenient solution for installing starter strips at the eave and rake areas of the roof," says Jeff Avitabile, senior product manager of steep slope accessories at GAF. Check out the benefits of starter strip shingles like those manufactured by GAF:

  • Properly-positioned adhesive: Pre-applied adhesive in the right location can reduce the risk of shingle blow-off. GAF Pro-Start® Eave/Rake Starter Strip Shingles have factory-applied Dura Grip™ Adhesive to help secure the roof edges at the eaves and rakes.
  • More coverage: Starter strips offer more coverage per bundle than hand-cut GAF 3-tabs. For example, the GAF Pro-Start® Starter Strips offer at least 50 percent more coverage per bundle. Plus, there's no cutting required for most English- and metric-sized GAF shingles, thanks to this pre-perforated option.
  • Less waste: "Easy hand-tearing on pre-perforated starter strips eliminates time-consuming hand cuts. Without all those cuts, there's significantly less scrap waste created," says Avitabile. It's also less material to load and handle on the roof. In addition, since Pro-Start® Starter Strips typically cover up to 50 percent more lineal feet per bundle vs. GAF 3-tab shingles, they can also save labor time.
  • Excellent wind resistance: Using a product like the WeatherBlocker™ Premium Eave/Rake Starter Strip Shingle helps reduce the risk of shingle blow-off at the eave and rake edges of the roof. On GAF starter strips, the powerful grip of factory-applied Dura Grip™ Adhesive keeps shingles in place during a wind event.
  • Great look: Starter strips on the eaves and rakes help create a clean, straight edge that's difficult to achieve with hand-cut 3-tabs. Aesthetically pleasing roofs are good for your customer and good for your roofing reputation.

How Do Starter Strip Shingles Benefit Customers?

Besides the quick and easy installation for roofers, customers also win with starter strips. By requesting products like those in the GAF Starter Strip Shingle product line when installing a GAF roofing system, customers can receive the following benefits:

  • Enhanced warranty coverage: Some manufacturers offer enhanced wind warranty coverage when you install starter strip shingles. For example, GAF shingles will be covered up to the Maximum Wind Speed listed in the applicable Limited Warranty* only if installed using the required number of nails (depending on shingle type) and with starter strip shingles at eaves and rakes.
  • Less waste: The pre-perforated design of starter strip shingles means less scrap is created on the job when compared to using cut up 3-tab shingles, leaving the customer's property tidier.
  • Curb appeal: Starter strips at the eaves (and rakes) give customers that polished, straightedge look that can increase their home's curb appeal. Plus, using a product like GAF StarterMatch® Starter Strips in conjunction with GAF WeatherBlocker™Starter Strips offers a seamless complementary color when used with select GAF Shingles, such as Grand Canyon® Shingles or Grand Sequoia® Shingles.

Do You Need Starter Strips for Architectural Shingles?

When installing architectural shingles, pre-perforated starter strips are a great choice. They provide a clean look, a strong grip, and ease of installation.

"Pre-perforated starter strips are not only easy and efficient to install, but they also play an important role in wind-resistance of architectural shingles on the roof. This is because the high-quality, properly positioned adhesive helps lock down shingles at the eave and rake edges of the roof," says Avitabile.

Who doesn't want a product that is quick, easy, and effective? Pre-cut starter strips can help fast-track your roofing business toward success.

Learn more tips for increasing roof installation speed and quality by visiting our on-demand Learning Portal (use Branch code: GAF to register).

*See GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty or GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty for complete coverage and restrictions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Annie Crawford is a freelance writer in Oakland, CA, covering travel, style, and home improvement. Find more of her work at annielcrawford.com.
Don't miss another GAF RoofViews post!
LATEST UPDATES
Hurricane Ian was the deadliest to strike Florida since the famously catastrophic 1935 Labor Day hurricane. With wind speeds that reached 150 mph, the 2022 hurricane left a trail of profound devastation—and the people caught in that trail are now fighting to rebound and rebuild. Leveraging the combined expertise and resources of GAF and Standard Logistics to assist affected locals, GAF is proud to be part of the efforts to provide relief to those who need it most.
As the winter season approaches, decorating your home with lights is a classic way to show your holiday spirit. However, there are right and wrong ways to go about this (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, anyone?)—and, depending on your roof, the correct ones may not always be easy to accomplish on your own. To help, here are five tips to simplify your annual holiday light installation so you can make your home merry and bright without damaging the roof — or yourself!
Architects strive to achieve a roof design that strikes a delicate balance between aesthetics and performance. Achieving high-performance means incorporating the code, warranty, and guarantee requirements that building owners must meet — among the most important factors of any construction project — into design vision. This isn't made any easier by the sheer number of roofing systems available. Even experienced architects can find it challenging to get familiar with all available components and positively identify which materials are going to deliver the ultimate protection for the building.
As Erasmo "Mitos" Fuentes — GAF CARE Team Training Lead and highly respected "Maestro" of the roofing world — will warn rookies, errors during installation can have consequences later on in the life of the roofing system. Many are minor, like small leaks. Others, though, can be much more serious, such as major (and potentially catastrophic) cracks.
A harsh storm can cause all kinds of damage to your home, especially its roof. While some roof problems are obviously visible, others aren't as simple to spot. Whether you can see them or not, fixing any issues that pop up in the aftermath of a storm helps keep your home safe from further harm. With strong storms come sharp winds, hail, and heavy rain that can damage shingles, gutters, flashing, and other areas.
About 82% of homes in the United States have outdoor living areas—many with low-slope roofs. That's nearly 6 million homes that could feature a self-adhered roofing system. Are you taking advantage of the opportunities that these porches, sheds, garages, and carports represent?
This blog contains information created by a variety of sources, including internal and third party writers. The opinions and views expressed do not necessarily represent those of GAF. The content is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute financial, accounting, tax or legal advice. GAF does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, and completeness of the information. In no event shall GAF be held responsible or liable for errors or omissions in the content or for the results, damages or losses caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on the content.

Interested in sharing or republishing our content? We kindly ask you to adhere to our guidelines.