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How to Install Outdoor Gazebo Kits or DIY Pergola Roofing Materials

Updated on March 27, 2014

Do it yourselfers rejoice, asphalt roof shingles provide the perfect DIY roofing option for gazebo kits or your DIY pergola roofing project. In this guide I'll show you how to install asphalt shingles for your outdoor structure - whether a new gazebo kit / outdoor room, garden gazebo, pergola roofing or cubby house.

This gazebo kit was built in three days by a handy homeowner with a fairly basic set of tools.

Gazebo Kits with DIY roof materials - The finished product, the outdoor gazebo

shingle roof options
shingle roof options | Source

The gazebo kits basic structure - ready for roofing

I will start after the basic structure has been built. The first job is to install the roofing plywood.

The plywood is 2400 x 1200 A-bond Structural grade 12mm tongue and groove plywood. This high grade ply will give the gazebo a long life.

Installing 12mm plywood onto rafters | roofing materials
Installing 12mm plywood onto rafters | roofing materials

Nail the plywood onto the rafters every 150mm and cut a straight line up the rafter and up the centre line on the hip.

Staple down the asphalt saturated felt paper | asphalt roof shingles and roofing materials
Staple down the asphalt saturated felt paper | asphalt roof shingles and roofing materials

 Roll out the #15 felt paper over the entire structure following the manufacturers guidelines.

Installing roof shingles on gazebos
Installing roof shingles on gazebos

Here we install the three tab fibreglass asphalt roof shingles. Starting with the starter course we then apply a horizontal chalk line and two vertical chalk lines as a guide for our shingles. Carefully nail down the asphalt shingles with wide head roofing clout nails.

We used 10mm head galvanised roofing nails. Our nails were 20mm long shank which didn't penetrate through the plywood for a nice finish.

Using IKO asphalt roof shingles for the diy gazebo

 Using your chalk lines as a guide install the asphalt shingles in courses up the roof.

It is a good idea to snap a horizontal chalk line every 4-5 vertical courses.


DIY Pergola roofing options
DIY Pergola roofing options

 Now we snap a chalk line down the centre hip line and cut straight down the hip. We then repeat the process on all sides of the roof.

DIY roofing for Gazebos and Pergolas
DIY roofing for Gazebos and Pergolas

 We cut the hip capping out of the three tab shingle and use these pieces for the hips and the ridge "if there is one" Mark a chalk line half a tab out from the hip centre line and use this as a guide for your hip capping pieces.

roofing shingles
roofing shingles | Source

Here we have the finished product a gazebo kit with a beautiful shingle roof. We connected lighting to the outdoor gazebo so we could use it on those summer nights. A great diy roofing project that can take as little as three full days.


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    • RCLarner profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      How do I finish the point of the gazebo roof is a question I get asked all of the time. At these as a full guide with detailed photos, or I'll try to explain.

      The hips will start to overlap each other when you come to the apex of the roof. Work your way from left to right cutting the excess of the top of the capping piece. In the last few pieces of capping you can slice the top of the capping and fold over the top. Finally you can use a tab saved from cutting the starter course and fold this over the top, slicing either side and folding over. Sounds harder than it is.

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      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      A good place for American roofing supplies in Australia is Asphalt Roof Shingles Company. We carry a full range of IKO Asphalt roof shingles and related roofing products. For home roofs and other large projects the Marathon shingle is really popular, however for small gazebo roofs and backyard roofing the Cambridge shingle is the first choice.

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      6 years ago from Up to my Neck in it!

      Looks very good, I have been trying to source the materials I need where I am now and just can't find them!

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      7 years ago

      I drew some pics of how to install asphalt shingles and posted them at r How To Install Asphalt Shingles. Hopefully it makes it a little easier to understand how the steps of shingles go.

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      7 years ago

      How do you finish the 'point' of the roof?

      A picture would be most welcome.


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      Licensed Roofing Contractors 

      7 years ago

      I was looking to install asphalt on a garden shed and your hub provided me the correct information.

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      Rick Rexor 

      8 years ago

      I knew I needed new Shingle Roofing work to be done on my home and through my neighbors, I found that advance my home was truly the best and only place to go to.


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