How to Shingle a Storage Shed Roof

How to Shingle a Storage Shed Roof

Jun 14, 2009

There are many things that you should take into consideration when deciding to replace broken shingles or shingling a new roof on your storage shed. First of all, the slant of the roof; will you be comfortable working on it, or is it just too steep? The outside temperature will also determine how the shingles lay.

While there would be nothing wrong with hiring someone to shingle your roof for you, if you are well read on how to do the work yourself it is something that you can easily accomplish. If you are going to put shingles on your storage shed roof yourself you are going to need to be sure that you are keeping your personal safety in mind. Making sure that the work is done correctly is very important however you do not want to risk your health to do the job. So if you have the proper tools to accomplish the job and have planned ahead with a safety plan you can do a great job shingling your roof.

You will need the following materials in order to properly put shingles on your shed; a hammer, staples, roofing felt, barbed roofing nails, staple gun hammer, utility or trimming knife, straightedge ruler, ridge cap shingles, and asphalt shingles.

You want to make sure that you are sticking within your budget before you begin a large project like this. To accomplish this you are going to need to go out and take measurements of your storage shed roof so you are going to get an excellent idea of how many shingles that you are going to need to get to completely cover the entire roof of the shed. Then you will be able to figure out exactly how much of all the other equipment and supplies that you are going to need to purchase. It would be a real shame and a waste of money if you over bought things and on the other hand it would turn out to be pretty inconvenient if you did not purchase enough supplies to complete your job.

The first thing to do would be to unroll the roofing felt over the plywood top of your roof. The felt should then be stapled down securely over the surface and around the edges to cover the entire roof.

If you are replacing old shingles, first strip off the old roofing material and check the wood for any damage or rot. Ensure that the plywood is still nailed securely to the rafters all around. In this case, instead of the traditional felt paper, use either heavy felt paper or modern water membrane to prevent leaks caused by ice or windblown rain.

Make sure that the very first row for shingles that you are putting on your roof is being placed on upside down. Be sure that the tabs are sticking face up. You are going to want to cut the first shingle about six inches and make sure that it overhangs the drip edge of your storage shed. You will be using full sized shingles for the rest of your project.

You start the next row with a full shingle and correctly position each shingle that you are using with the tar area near the top and the colored tabs on the bottom. Be sure to attach the shingles beginning from the base of the roof. You should use three or four roofing nails with each shingle.

How to Shingle a Storage Shed Roof

When you start on your next row of shingles you need to make sure that each shingle on the row above has its tabs slightly offset so you are able to create an overhang type of effect. You can pull this off by repeating this pattern.

Be sure to trim off all of the excess shingles that are overhanging from the sides of your storage shed roof. If you would like to further reinforce your shingles to the shed roof you can use construction adhesive on the shingles. Once you have both sides of your roof shingled you are going to need to attach the roof cap shingles at the peak of the roof from side to side and then finish doing any trimming and cleaning up that needs to be completed.

Shingling a roof is not so difficult once you understand the basics. A good shingling job will provide your roof with a waterproof barrier that will last some 15 to 20 years.

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