I am about to shingle a shed I just put up and I have a question about
the starter strip. I am using Timerline Ultra 30 shingles and I have
read that I should create a starter strip by cutting the tabs off the
shingle. I don't really see a tab it just has a raised part to give it
an architectural look. Do I need a starter strip? Also, if I need to
create a starter strip where should I nail, just below the tar strip ?
the function of the starter is to have a shingle under the gaps between
the shingles of the first couse. i have seen people cut the bottom
portion of a timberline shingle off, and use the top portion for a
starter. you can also get actual starter strip that goes with
timberlines. when i put shingles on my shed, i just cut a shingle into
small pieces and put one under each joint in the first course (wouldn't
do this on a house, but on my own shed it was fine).
you can nail the starter fairly close to the edge of the roof to
prevent the wind from picking it up. then, the first course of
shingles will glue themselves to it.
Most pros just put a strip of regular shingles installed upside down,
nothing special just whatever is leftover from another job..
The disadvantage to this is that there is no tar strip under the first
course of shingles and the wind could get under them.
You could cut off the tabs off of regular shingles and then nail them as per
the instructions on the package.
If you must use the timberline shingles you would cut off the portion of the
shingle that would be exposed 5" or so. Depending on how many extra
shingles you have its going to be allot cheaper to use regular plain
One advantage to using the timberlines is that the first row of shingles
will have the right amount of "lift" to them and won't look as "flat".
The instructions will be on the bundle wrap. In general you cut off
the tabs and lay the remainder upside down (puts the tar strip at the
edge of the roof). Since your shingles don't have tabs, you cut off
what would be the tabs and use the rest. Be sure to offset the starter
strip by whatevere offset you are using so the joints will be covered
by your first row of shingles. i.e., if you start the starter will a
full strip, then the first shingle strip has to start with a cut
By the by, it is a good investment to buy a shingle hatchet. They make
the work so much easier and faster.
As Ricod...says, it will state on the wrapper. In general it is one
nail on each end plus one at each tab cutout for a total of 4. Your
shingles don't have tabs but I will bet they still specify 4.
Starter strips are mandatory for a couple of reasons. Instead of
cutting up and throwing away parts of shingles to make starter strips,
buy a starter strip roll. There about 30' long and it's a lot faster
and cheaper. Your local roofing supply or good building supply house
will have the rolls.
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