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Yesterday I showed you guys the DIY sandbox with roof that we built for Indigo’s 2nd birthday. We knew that the perfect finishing touch would be to shingle the roof. Not only are shingles essential for protecting the roof, they make any project look more attractive and finished. Let’s face it- a plywood roof doesn’t look so hot! I partnered up with Timberline® shingles from GAF to show you how totally do-able it is to shingle a playhouse or shed roof.
I’ve done my fair share of DIY home projects but I’ve never used shingles before. I always thought they they were best left to contractors and other professionals. Not true!!! I was surprised at how easy it was to shingle a small structure. As soon as we finished this project I started looking for other things to shingle- chicken coop, you’re next!
I decided to use Timberline® Natural Shadow® shingles in Shakewood. I wanted a natural color that complimented the unfinished wood. Timberline® is the best selling shingle in North America and I can totally see why! They come in a wide variety of colors to enhance any project and they’re very durable. As soon as I took them out of the packing, I knew these built to last!
I outlined all the steps below, so you guys can see that shingles definitely aren’t intimidating as you might think!
1” – 1 ¼” round plastic cap roofing nail
Thin gloves with rubberized grips
Lay the FeltBuster® on top of the plywood and cut to size. FeltBuster® is a breeze to use. It’s easy to trim with scissors but it’s durable and doesn’t tear when you’re nailing to it or applying the shingles.
Hammer the plastic cap roofing nails to attach the FeltBuster® . Hammer them down in numerous places to make sure it doesn’t move while you’re attaching the shingles.
When applying shingles you start at the bottom and work your way up. The very first row is the starter strip. The shingles are applied upside down and nailed in the middle.If you have excess shingles at the side, simply trim it.
The roof edge covers the edge of the plywood and helps water drip off. Insert it under the edge of the starter shingle.
Cut the middle of the roof edge approximately 3/4 of the way (do not cut it off entirely). Bend over and nail down to the other side of the roof.
For the first row of shingles: Start in the opposite direction as when you did the starter strip. Place the shingles directly on top of the starter strip and nail down across the middle.
Place the second piece of shingle right next to the first and nail down. Cut off any excess at the side.
For the second row: Start in the opposite direction of the 1st row. Lay the second row of shingles down overlapping the first. The black tar strip in the middle of the shingle should be covered entirely.
Repeat these 2 rows until you reach the top of the roof. Repeat on the other side.
Center the TimberTex® ridge cap shingle on the top of the roof, towards the front of the structure.
Nail down on the edge
Keep laying the TimberTex® ridge cap shingles along the top of the roof, nailing as you go.
Trim the final shingle so it lines up with the roof.
We are so happy with the finished Sandbox! The shingles not only protect the roof from the elements, they add to the charm. Thanks to Timberline® this roof will look awesome for years to come! Like any good company, Timberline® stands behind their products. You can read more about their warranty here.
If you want to try out roofing (and you totally should!) head over to your local Lowe’s to pick up Timberline® roofing products.
Have any of you guys tried your own DIY roofing project? Let me know in the comments below!