How to Shingle an Outdoor Storage Shed Roof

How to Shingle an Outdoor Storage Shed Roof

Shingling a wooden storage shed roof is important for a great looking and long lasting shed. For this project you will need: roofing felt, drip edge, shingles, 1” roofing nails, utility knife and tin snips.

Start with a smooth even roof. Begin by cutting a piece of roofing felt a little bit longer than your roof. Begin at the lower edge of the roof, nailing the roof felt to the panels. Then cut the felt flush with the roof. Install the next layer of felt by overlapping the first layer by 3 inches. At the roof peak, let the felt overlap to the other side. Install felt on the other side the same way.

To install the drip edge, begin at the corner with the drip edge flush to the front trim. Attach the drip edge by using roofing nails. At the bends, use tin snips to cut the bottom flange and bend the drip edge over.

Install a starter row of shingles across the lower edge of the roof. Put these on with the rain slots upward. Leave a 1 inch overhang. Use 4 nails per shingle and don’t nail above the sealing strip. At the back, let the shingles overhang; they will be trimmed later.

For the first row of shingles, line up the notch on the first shingle with the drip edge and the lower edge, flush to the starter row. Install the first row all the way to the back of the storage shed. Stagger your shingles by installing the second row with the first shingle flush to the drip edge.

At the bend in the roof, shingles should extend 3-4 inches over the bend, with the rain slot over the bend. At the peak, make sure there is 5 inches or less from the peak to the rain slot. Now trim the last row of shingles to the peak with a utility knife.

Cut shingles with a slight angle on the end with no color. Start at the front of the roof. Start with the first piece with the color side flush with the shingles. Nail near the sealing strip. Overlap pieces so 5 inches of the previous piece shows.

If you shingle correctly, your outdoor storage shed will look great for years to come.
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