Superior Roofing

January 7, 2022

Believe it or not, 99% of homeowners looking to replace their roofing system in Bakersfield, CA are oblivious to starter strip shingles.

When we provide estimates, customers naturally ask about shingles and warranties. And although these are great questions, almost no one inquires about the details of a roof replacement. 

For this reason, we'd like to draw your attention to roofing starter strips and they're essential for re-roofs. In this short article, we'll be covering the significance of starter strips and the purpose it serves for efficient roofing systems.

What are starter roofing strips?

Starter roofing strips are long stips of asphalt material designed to layover the new underlayment. Roofers usually install starter strips along the border of the roof before the primary shingles are secured.

Manufacturers fabricate starter strips with easy to split lines so that roofers can separate and utilize them for smaller hard to seal areas. Optionally, roofers may use full-length starter strip pieces that adhere to expanded roofing shingles.

What does this mean for you?

You may know that your roof has many penetrations and crevices where liquids can penetrate the roofing system.

Accordingly, starter strips play a fundamental role in the roofing system's ability to shed water and cover small joints.

Also, your roofing system can hold up against wind conditions by adhering to the main roofing shingles.

Trusted manufacturers like GAF have designed starter shingles with DuraGrip™ Adhesive to significantly reduce shingles from flying off the roof. If you have a wind storm, you'll know if your roofer installed these starter shingles.

Additionally, most roofing shingle manufacturers' warranties require starter shingles to decrease the risk of shingles being damaged. And as a footnote, if you're in the market to sell your home, starter strips can be an effective way to add curb appeal. They'll give your home's roof clean-looking edges that match the siding and other sections of the house.


When homeowners decide to replace their roofs, it's a big deal. We understand that it's a significant investment into their property. So when it comes to the details, we don't expect you to be the experts. However, you should investigate the process of installing a new roof and ask the right questions.

Suppose you have an overall understanding of the main components of a roofing system. In that case, you'll have confidence when interviewing contractors in Bakersfield, CA.

Ensure the re-roof estimates you get are detailed and itemize things like roofing starter strips. If you don't see them on the service quote, ask why they left it out. Some roofers may think you're being picky, but that's not our position on this.

We encourage customers to ask detailed questions because for (1) one, it's their home, and (2) it's their investment. Contractors that come off as though they're too busy to answer questions may not be the best option.

There's a process to installing an effective roofing system. Some steps must be taken to do the job correctly, and starter shingles are crucial for the installation.

And don't overlook the fact there are lazy and outdated roofers that love shortcuts. These roofers care more about profit margins than they do deliver quality services. The truth is, without starter shingles your entire home will be vulnerable to poor weather conditions.

With that in mind, make sure your roofing contractor in Bakersfield is a certified installer for the shingles you choose. Whether it's GAF, IKO, Certainteed, the roofer should be trained and licensed to replace roofing systems.

Looking for a local roofing contractor in Bakersfield, Oildale, Shafter, Tehachapi, Wasco, Delano, Arvin expertly installs starter strip shingles? Give Superior Roofing a call at (661) 679-6923 to request a FREE service estimate.

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