How do I start my first row of shingles?

Lay a starting row at the bottom of the roof along the edge.

Starter shingle should be installed around ALL edges of your roof. To meet code, technically it only needs to be installed on the bottom eaves, but there are some big benefits to installing it up the rake edges as well (also known as gable edges).

Subsequently, question is, what do you put under shingles? Felt paper, also called tar paper or builder’s paper, helps shed water that gets under the shingles, protects the asphalt shingles from the resins in the wood decking, increases a roof’s fire rating and helps keep your house dry if it rains during the job.

Correspondingly, do you overlap starter shingles?

With the starter shingles laid along the very edge of the roof, run a set of starter shingles along the sides of the roof as well, making sure that those rows come down and overlap the starter shingles you laid at the bottom.

Do architectural shingles need a starter strip?

Yes, they do. As discussed above, a critical requirement for starter shingles is that they DO have sealant, down at the shingle’s lower edge (or outer edge at the rake). Leading Edge Plus starter shingles have a strip of IKO’s aggressive Fastlock sealant on each shingle piece to help overall roof system performance.

Are you supposed to remove the plastic strip on the back of shingles?

No, leave the strip alone: In answer to a common reader question, not normally: according to roofing manufacturers, it is not required to remove the cellophane strip on the back of roof shingles before they are nailed.

What is a starter strip in roofing?

Starter shingles (also known as starter strips) are a key component to your new roofing system. A starter strip is an asphalt based shingle utilized to waterproof the eave and rake edges of your home during a re-roof.

Are starter shingles necessary?

The starter strip is crucial because it adheres to the shingles on the edges of your roof and protects them from the elements. The more protection you can have along the edges of your roof the better, and starter strip shingles provide that crucial extra layer of protection.

What length should I cut my starter shingles?

Most manufacturers recommend a modified pyramid pattern with the starters cut from two shingles: a 21-in. length and a 15-in. length from one 3-ft. shingle, and 28-in.

How many starter shingles do I need?

Overview. Owens Corning® Starter Strip Shingle helps save time by eliminating the need to cut shingles to create a starter row. It is packaged two pieces per shingle, 16 shingles per bundle. The continuous sealant ensures an effective seal between the starter and the first course of shingles.

How far should shingles hang over the drip edge?

The edge of the shingles should hang over a roof between an inch and an inch and a half — or between a half inch and three-quarters of an inch if drip edge flashing is installed. Too much overhang and the shingles could blow off in high winds; too little can allow water to seep into rake or fascia boards.

Can you overlap shingles?

When applying the new shingles, each shingle course will be covered by a step flashing. There are two simple rules to follow: Each flashing should overlap the one below by at least 75 mm (3″), but not be visible below the shingle top lap.

How many feet are in a bundle of starter shingles?


How many squares of shingles do I need for my roof?

Roof surfaces are measured in “squares” – a “square” is equal to 100 square feet of the roof. To determine the number of squares on the gable roof above, divide its total of 24,000 square feet by 100 (24,000 ÷ 100 = 240). This means you would need 240 squares of shingles to cover that roof.

How do you install drip edge?

Installing roof drip edge flashing properly Install roof drip edge along the eaves, add underlayment, then place drip edge along the gable end. The best way is to install the roof drip edge only along the eaves first, then place ice-and-water barrier (in the snowbelt) or felt paper (underlayment) over the drip edge.

How do you install new shingles over old shingles?

Some roofers install a layer of waterproof shingle underlayment (WSU) over the existing shingles at the eave end, as would be done for a roof laid on bare sheathing. This provides added protection against ice dams. Asphalt shingles can be laid over cedar shakes or shingles, a job best left to pros.

What is the fastest way to shingle a roof?

Re: Tips For Faster Shingling Learn how to shingle in many positions and both directions, right and left. Shingle in a stair step pattern and cut the shingles as you go, beginning and end. Lay the bundles out 4 feet up and 4 feet apart all over the roof before you start. Get a rythm (sp) on your nailing.