How to Shingle a Hip Roof Garden Shed

Written by susan reynolds
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How to Shingle a Hip Roof Garden Shed
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A hip roof has a severe "V" shape with steep sides. If you want to shingle this type of roof, be aware that this is one of the more challenging styles of roofs. While the process of laying shingles is straightforward and fairly simple, it can be awkward to reach some of the planes of the hip roof while on a ladder. The "inverse V" area of the roof is the hardest to shingle, since you may need to cut some shingles to make them fit effectively.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Roofing paper
  • Staple gun
  • Hip shingles
  • 1 3/4 inch nails
  • Utility knife
  • Roofing cement
  • Roofing caulk

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  1. 1

    Rip off the old shingles on the garden shed ONLY if there are more than two layers of shingles already there. Otherwise, you do not need to take them off.

  2. 2

    Unroll the roofing paper (only do this if the roof is brand new) and lay it down on the roof from one edge to the next, overlapping any sheets of paper if necessary. Use a staple gun to secure it down. There should be about a 1/4 inch of overlap off the sides.

  3. 3

    Nail down a strip of "starter shingles," which do not have tabs, along the bottom of the roof. Nail each shingle in the upper corners about an inch and a half from the edges of the shingle. Also add a third nail in the upper middle area of the shingle for extra wind protection.

  4. 4

    Cut the excess hangover from the shingles with a utility knife to match the ridge line of the roof.

  5. 5

    Line up the shingles with the bottom edges of the roof and nail them down. Always apply roofing cement to any shingles you cut in order to prevent water leakage. Shingle your way up to the top of the roof.

  6. 6

    Nail down the roof caps last. Lay two shingles together, one on top of the other, and install them all along the "hip" of the roof, where the ridges of the roof meet and curve. Nail down these doubled-up shingles side by side all the way down the hip to the bottom of the roof. Cover the exposed nails on the bottom shingles with roofing caulk.

Tips and warnings

  • Speed up the process by having one friend lay the shingles down in place while you nail them down.
  • You should not be able to see any nails exposed on the shingles when you are finished.

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