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  1. We were told that starter strips were not required or recommended for the Pacific Northwest by an installer who is a “Master Elite” contractor. Is this accurate?

    1. I’m not exactly sure what you mean by starter strips, but GAF does require a starter course of shingles. The name of their starter course is Pro-Start. Underneath the starter course is metal flashing that is typically referred to as eaves starter metal. The common stock size is 1” x 3” with a 3/8ths hem. I hope this clarifies.

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  3. What are your options if you find out that your contractor did not use a starter strip when replacing your roof post Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fl

    1. If there are no starter shingles along the perimeter edge, it would be extremely difficult to try to slide starter shingles in under the first course due to the fact the shingles are nailed along the tar line, which is approximately 5.5 to 6 inches above the edge of the shingle. In turn with the shingle being hung into the gutter an inch and a half to two inches, you could be looking at approximately 3 inches from the edge of the back of the gutter to the nail line.

      A most intrusive manner besides tearing off the entire roof would be to remove 2 courses of shingle along the entire perimeter edge, installing eave starter perimeter edge metal, installing starter shingle, then reinstalling the 2 courses that were removed. A least intrusive manner would be to take a peel and stick ice and water shield or a waterproof synthetic hybrid underlayment and slip it underneath the existing bottom course, creating a barrier between the existing plywood and underlayment and the first course of shingle, so if and when the first course leaks between the butted joints, there will be protection all the way down and into the gutter.

      Obviously the least intrusive way is not a manufacturer warranty-able option because it is not installed to manufacturer’s specifications, but it would be an option that is makeshift and would work for the time being. If the home was to be inspected by a home inspector for bank purposes, I would assume it would not pass unless you properly installed starter shingles.

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