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Shortly after we moved into our house, my husband decided to build our Rottweiler Chief a “dog house.” His previous owner had lived on a cattle farm too, but he spent the bulk of his time outside when he lived with him; he seemed to prefer being outdoors. I’ll elaborate that this wasn’t your average dog house; it was more like an 8×8 shed. Chief was unusually tall for a Rottweiler and my husband wanted to make sure he had plenty of room. My husband used supplies that were already on the farm or things that were leftover from house construction. It had a raised floor and insulation. The exterior was recovered barn wood and he even used leftover trim around the door. My father in law had an old truck bed cover that was used to make an insulated roof. Chief thought his animal house was a mansion, but it quickly turned into an eye sore. It was one of the first things that visitors would notice when they pulled into our driveway. I decided this past spring that I wanted to spruce up the small shed. It needed a new roof, a good coat of paint, some landscaping, and maybe even a barn quilt. Here’s an overview of how we removed the old roof and replaced it with a new shingled roof with GAF Timberline® shingles on our do-it-yourself shingle roof project. Later this week, I plan to show you the completely renovated project including paint and a tutorial for a 2×2 barn quilt that will adorn the side.
Last spring at the age of 9, our beloved Chief developed a rapidly spreading form of cancer and passed away. We weren’t sure what to do with the shed and it slowly became a bigger eyesore due to a lack of use. It needed a roof replacement and it was long overdue for paint. It looked pretty messy! The roof needed replacing before we started work on any of the rest. Because this work is on a little garden shed, instead of calling for the assistance of a roof replacement company, I decided it would be best to do this on my own. I think it worked out pretty nicely if I do say so myself.
This tutorial doesn’t include directions for framing a roof. We used treated exterior wood to create the rafters and flat surface to provide a foundation onto which we then added the underlayment and shingles.
Check out the original roof in the photo below.
TIP: Before you begin shopping for supplies, measure your roof twice. There’s nothing worse than getting home from Lowe’s and discovering that you don’t have enough supplies to finish your project.
Here are a few basic supplies that you’ll need for your do-it-yourself shingle roof project:
- Tape Measure
- Safety Goggles
- Nails: 1 ¼” galvanized steel roofing nails
- Nails: 1″ – 1 ¼” round plastic cap roofing nail
- Underlayment: FeltBuster® High-Traction Synthetic Roofing Felt
- Optional: Starter Strip: Pro-Start™ Starter Strip Shingles
- Timberline® shingles
- TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles (if you have a pitched roof)
- Seal-A-Ridge® Protective Ridge Cap Shingles (if you have a pitched roof)
- Drip Edge
- Optional: Roofing Spade / Roof Rake if you need to remove old shingles
Once we had the rafters and exterior grade treated plywood roof installed, we remeasured before we cut the FeltBuster®. It was the easiest to install. We cut the strips horizontally and slightly overlapped them. They were secured with round plastic cap roofing nails
We added a metal drip edge to help prevent water infiltration and wind resistance before we secured the FeltBuster®.
Shingles are placed from low to high. You will start from the lowest point and work your way up. It took a few minutes to align the bottom row of shingles to ensure they were even. Since our project was small, we nailed down any shingles before we trimmed them.
The project moves along pretty quickly once you get the hang of placing shingles and trimming them.
You need to pay attention and ensure that the seams between your shingles do not overlap, because one long vertical seam could cause your roof to be compromised by water. These Timberline® shingles have a chalk white guide line to make it easier position your shingles. We secured each full size Timberline® shingle piece with four nails spaced evenly across. The nails have to be placed so that the upper shingle will cover the nail.
Since we have a “shed” roof, our project didn’t need ridge cap shingles. If you’re installing a “gable” roof, you’ll need Ridge Cap Shingles that are made specifically for a roof ridge. Our shed roof just required regular shingles placed up until the roof peak.
The re-roofing project took several hours on a clear afternoon. It was much more simple than I had estimated.
We chose GAF Timberline® shingles because that’s what our contractor used when building our home. They can be found at your local Lowe’s store, and they come in a wide variety of styles and colors.
Timberline® shingles are the best selling shingle in North America. They’re made with proprietary, granular technology, and the company is willing to stand behind their product. Timberline® shingles are not only durable, but they’re beautiful. Timberline® shingles are a great way to finish off any project with pride. You can get professional grade materials with GAF, but they’re easy enough to install that a DIY’er can use them too.
Here are a few of the Timberline® shingle varieties available:
- Timberline® shingles
- Timberline® High Definition®
- Timberline® Natural Shadow®
- Timberline® American Harvest®
Have you ever installed a shingle roof on a home improvement project? It wasn’t as difficult as we imagined and I’m excited about building a picnic shelter with a shingle roof that matches our home and this existing shed. This was only a small project and so I don’t think it needs any guttering, but you could add some if you like. If you do then remember to find a company like Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Atlanta who will be able to maintain your gutters so that they don’t get blocked up and damaged. I will be putting gutters up when I build the picnic shelter as that will be larger. We actually need a new roof for our house but I’m not going to try and fix that myself! I’ll be calling a professional like WDR Metal Roofing out to help me! I hope you’ll stop by again to check out the completely finished/painted renovation and get the tutorial for creating a 2×2 barn quilt. If you’re considering an outdoor home improvement project that requires a roof or if you’re looking for re-roofing options for your existing home, check out the selection of Timberline® shingles and GAF roofing products at Lowe’s.