In roofing terms, a starter strip is a narrow strip of roofing material, typically made of asphalt, that is installed along the eaves of a roof before the first full row of shingles is installed. The starter strip provides a secure base for the first row of shingles and helps to seal the roof against wind-driven rain and other weather elements.
The starter strip is typically installed over the underlayment or ice and water shield that has been applied to the roof deck. The strip is typically narrower than a full shingle, and is designed to be easily trimmed and positioned along the eaves of the roof.
The installation of a starter strip is important for ensuring the long-term durability and performance of the roof. A properly installed starter strip can help to prevent water infiltration and other weather-related damage, and can also help to ensure that the shingles are properly aligned and securely fastened to the roof deck.
Starter strips can be customized to suit the specific needs of the building and its location, and can be used with a variety of roofing materials, including asphalt shingles, metal roofing, and other materials. Proper installation and maintenance of the starter strip, along with regular inspections and repairs, can help to ensure the long-term performance and durability of the roof.