Missing Shingles Around Your Carport's Roof Edge? Repair Them With Starter Shingles

If rain penetrates the sides of your carport because of missing or loose shingles, repair the damage with starter shingles. Professional roofers use starter shingles to create smooth edges around roofs. But you can also use starter shingles to keep your carport dry when it rains. If rain penetrates the foundation beneath your carport's roofing membrane, it can destroy the wood. Here are things to know about starter shingles and tips on how to install them on your carport.

What Are the Starter Shingles?

Starter shingles are also known as starter strips. Roofers generally apply starter shingles along the drip edges of roofs to prevent wind and rain from traveling beneath the roofing membrane and shingles after installation. Sometimes, starter strips can blow off roofs or deteriorate from old age.

Lost starter shingles can create many problems for your carport if water soaks through the exposed wood. Wet wood is vulnerable to rotting and pests, such as termites and carpenter ants. If you store your vehicle beneath the carport, pieces of rotting wood can damage its paint and outer frame.

In addition, water can create black mold and mildew beneath the other shingles on the carport's roof. To repair the damage to the carport, roofing contractors may need to remove the entire membrane and replace the wood before installing new shingles.

It's a good idea that you replace your missing or damaged starter shingles right away to avoid the serious problems above.

How Do You Apply Starter Shingles to Your Carport?

You can find starter strips at your local home and gardening store. Online roofing supply stores also offer the products. The shingles come with adhesive backings for easier installation, so you don't need to purchase glue. However, you may want to purchase starter shingles in the same or similar color as your carport's shingles to create a uniform look on the roof.

You can also go ahead and obtain a soft-bristled broom or brush to sweep off the exposed edges. Dirt and leaves can keep the starter shingles from sticking to the foundation. Also, manually remove any loose starter strips from the roof as you sweep the edges. You want to replace all of the starter shingles during your repairs to prevent failure later on.

During the cleaning, inspect the foundation for deterioration, such as rotting wood and holes. If you find these problems, it's a good idea that you contact a roofing contractor to inspect the rest of the roof for hidden damage.

If the edges appear in good condition, follow the repair steps below:

  1. Use a small metal spatula to lift up the edges of the carport's shingles closest to the edges.
  2. Remove the backing from one starter shingle at a time, then carefully apply the shingle to the edge.
  3. Smooth the starter shingle out until no visible bumps, folds or ridges show up in the material. 
  4. Complete step three until you completely cover the edges. 

After the installation, carefully replace the shingles you lifted from the roof's foundation. Make that each shingle overlays the starter shingles precisely. You want to keep water and dirt from penetrating beneath them. If possible, apply a thin layer of roofing sealant between the carport's shingles and starter shingles. 

The starter shingles should prevent problems with your carport after the installation. However, to ensure that the starter shingles solved your problem, inspect the carport in a few days to see if they lifted. You can also inspect the repairs after it rains. If the shingles come loose or lift up when exposed to rainwater, contact a roofer for help. You may need to replace the foundation beneath the shingles.

For more tips on how to protect your carport's roof, contact a contractor today from a company like Allen Roofing & Construction Inc.