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How To Build A Shed Roof

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

If you want to learn how to build a shed roof from scratch – then you're in luck, because this article will show you how.

Making your own roof may seem like a challenging task, but be assured that it is easy to make.

The first thing you will need to do is get a materials list, so you're going to have to go shopping. The things you will need are: 5/8 inch plywood sheathing, asphalt roofing paper, roofing tacks, roofing shingles, drip edge, measuring tape, a pencil, galvanized nails, and a hammer.

The best way to begin building your very own shed roof is to start with the trusses for the roof. You can build these yourself or you can buy the trusses. If your roof will be exposed to heavy rain, significant loads of snow, or is going to be quite big in size, it is better to go with the heavy duty trusses from the store or lumber yard rather than building your own.

With a pencil, mark the spots where the trusses will be placed on the top plates of the walls. Place marks every 24 inches. Once done with marking, raise the first truss and rest it on the plates. Position it where you made the marks and start nailing it into place. Do the same for the other trusses.

The next thing you will need to do is nail the 5/8 inch plywood sheathing to the trusses. After that, cover it with the asphalt roofing paper. Use the roofing tacks for putting the roofing paper in place. The asphalt roofing paper is necessary for added protection especially if you want your shed roof to last for a long time. This will save you from constant repairs or replacement later on, so it's worth getting the best quality you can afford and making sure you do the job properly first time. The last step for building a shed roof is to add the drip edge and then attach the roofing shingles.

To summarize, this article has given you a quick run-down of how you can build a shed roof from scratch, using just the raw materials required. Specifically, I have shown you all of the materials you will need, and a few simple steps you can take to construct a working shed roof. Now that you've finished reading this guide, you should be able to start building!



May 31, 2010 1:24am
Good info, this should help people wanting to put their own roof on.
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