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Why Use Cap & Starter Shingles?

Roof replacement is not an easy project. When choosing a contractor you want to know that the roof they install will be secure and prepared to last. Two important materials that will help to prolong the life of your roof are cap and starter shingles. Using these materials on your roofing project will save time and prevent future damage to your home’s roof. They will also give your roof a finish that will increase curb appeal, prolong your roof’s age, and protect your home for decades.

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Cap Shingles

Cap shingles are designed to cover the ridgeline of your roof to seal the gap and finish the job. Compared to standard asphalt shingles, cap shingles are thicker and are less susceptible to cracking. An extra adhesive is applied to cap shingles to ensure they stick and hold the shingles underneath. This layer prevents any movement or damage during high winds or storms.

Additionally, cap shingles also have a denser nailing area than regular shingles to provide more support and help avoid tearing near nails. Instead of cutting regular shingles to place on the ridge, cap shingles can be used to eliminate preparation and reduce the time for application.

Starter Shingles

Starter shingles are asphalt based and implemented to make the eave waterproof and rake the edges of debris and precipitation. Starter shingles are necessary because they are rough and create a connection between the eave and the roof deck. Without starter shingles, this connection will not be sealed off from rainwater and melting snow.

Using starter shingles in coordination with field shingles will cover and secure all areas which are susceptible to water damage and prevent leaks. In addition to waterproofing the roof and eaves, starter shingles also save time and installation complications compared to using regular shingles.

Trust The Roofing Experts At Pro

Pro is a gutter contractor with more than 14 years of experience with installing beautiful and affordable roof replacement on homes all over Michigan. We also feature an industry-leading warranty meaning you can rest assured knowing we guarantee all aspects of the install. We are based in Ferndale, but we regularly complete roofing projects in places like Detroit, Ann Arbor, West Bloomfield, Metamora, and even Flint!

Pro Home Improvement is dedicated to providing our customers with the best replacement roofs in Michigan. This is why we are sure to utilize cap and starter shingles on every project. If you would like more information on our roofing services or to schedule a roof estimate, call us today at 888-776-1998.


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