Get Started with PABCO® Roofing Product’s New Universal Starter™ Shingles

“Homeowners often ask us if they need starter strip shingles for their roofing project, and the answer is yes!” says Kevin Olson, PABCO Roofing Products’ Director, Customer Support Services. PABCO Universal Starter shingle is a vital part of a high-performing roof system, but it is often overlooked because it is not visible once the roof is complete.

“Think of your starter shingle like the lineman on a football team; you don’t notice it if it is doing its job, but you will if it is not.” He continues, “A quality starter strip – like our Universal Starter – is the leading edge protection against wind uplift.”

A common failure within a roof system can be the improper installation of starter shingles. Roofing Magazine, a leading roofing industry authority, published an article entitled “Three Shingle Installation Mistakes That Cause Major Problems and “No Starter Shingles” is listed as problem number one.

If you used the previous version of PABCO Roofing’s Universal Starter, you will be pleased to find we have made several improvements based on feedback we received from our distributor and contractor partners.

Benefits of PABCO Universal Starter shingles include:

Manufactured edges for consistent alignment during installationDimensions that provide additional protection the roof from wind-blown rainWidth is consistent with our architectural and Signature Cut shingles for ease of applicationPackaged in traditional plastic wrap for ease of material handling

To find more information on this product, download a cut sheet here. Already have Universal Starter and are looking for installation instructions? You can find application instructions here.

This newest version of PABCO Roofing’s Universal Starter shingle is an excellent start for your roofing project! For an upgraded solution that helps resist shingle blow-off, adds protection at eaves and rake edges, and is easier to handle and install, ask your distributor for the latest version of PABCO Universal Starter.

“Think of your starter shingle like the lineman on a football team; you don’t notice it if it is doing its job, but you will if it is not.

— Kevin Olson, PABCO Roofing Products’ Director, Customer Support Services

Correctly installing and utilizing a starter shingle is vital for your roof, especially when it comes to wind resistance. Because a roofing starter shingle is critical to a well-built roof, PABCO Roofing Products has consistently offered two options:

Paramount® Starter: An asphalt shingle starter applied over Universal Starter when installing Paramount Advantage®Paramount®, and Cascade™ Signature Cut shingles, providing an extra layer of protection.Universal Starter: An upgraded starter shingle that provides a foundation for PABCO Roofing’s shingle products. This accessory is specially designed to align with PABCO’s shingles and avoid lining up seams.

This newest version of PABCO Roofing’s Universal Starter shingle is an excellent start for your roofing project! For an upgraded solution that helps resist shingle blow-off, adds protection at eaves and rake edges, and is easier to handle and install, ask your distributor for the latest version of PABCO Universal Starter.

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