The Importance of Starter Tiles

Bellaforte with starter tileLooking at one of our roofs the other day, I was looking at the entire system and wondering what the purpose of starter tiles was.

Of course, I didn't start at DaVinci with any roofing background, so I just followed directions and always asked how much starter tile a job needed, for example. 

Since writing for the blog, I decided to be a little more inquisitive.  So I asked our technical director, Tim Gentry, what the reason was for starter tiles. 

What's the purpose of starter tiles?

Starter tiles are required because you need double coverage (two thicknesses of roofing) everywhere on the roof.  If you were to put two thicknesses of regular slate or shake tiles down they wouldn’t lay as flat. The exception to this is a system that has a channel and an overhanging ledge like Bellaforté. For the Bellaforté, for example, the starter tile serves as a spacer and a ledge for the first course of tiles to sit on.

Does pretty much every roofing material have starter tiles?

Generally all roofing materials save some “starting” system. For some metal roofing it may only be flat metal and eaves flashing. For barrel tile you need to use bird stop.  Asphalt shingles, wood shingles, shakes, and real slate all have a more traditional starter course.
 
Do you have any questions about roofing that puzzle you?  Please feel free to ask any questions you have about our fake slate or cedar shake alternative products, and I might be able to do a blog post on them!


Name: HOOKER DEVELOPMENT, INC.
Time: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE BELFORTE SYSTEM SLATE DOES NOT REQUIRE THE 12" STARTER TILE?
Name: DaVinci Roofscapes
Time: Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Bellaforté tile has its own starter tile which serves as a spacer and a starting point for installation. The Bellaforté starter tile is 12” wide and around four inches tall. It does have a water performance function on the bottom two inches of the roof so the joints between starter tiles must be offset from the joints between field tiles.

Regards,
Tim Gentry

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