Installing starter shingles is an important component to any roofing job. Starter shingles are the key to making sure shingles aren’t horribly impacted by wind and storm damage.
A standard starter shingle begins at the bottom and edges of roofs, and should have five or six nails holding it down for added security.
This differs from the work of a YouTuber who goes by the name “Worlds Fastest Shingler.”
He has amassed a following of over 20,000 subscribers, and creates videos that show him swiftly shingling a roof.
But his installation process is reprehensible.
The problem with his roofing technique is that he is sacrificing quality in the name of speed.
This compounds an already glaring problem in the roofing industry, one in which many roofers don’t add starter shingles to a roof. They often do this if starter shingles aren’t delivered to a job site or if their sole objective is to get a job done quickly and think the customer won’t notice.
This is why it is important for consumers to be educated on starter shingles.
A few things to consider when a roofer installs starter shingles:
- Quality can’t be sacrificed
- Make sure the roofer installs the starter shingles, otherwise if there are problems later, the warranty may be compromised because many manufacturers require starter shingles as part of their policy
- During installation, manufacturer protocols have to be followed. Their standards are much better than those of a YouTuber whose main objective is to generate clicks and traffic to his website
- Remember: 1 or 2 nails is not enough for shingles. That number has to be more like 5 or 6
Thank you for reading this article, and always hold your contractors accountable.
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