How to Build a Shed Roof Addition

What You'll Need
Roofing cement
Roofing nails
Roofing material
Saw horse
Circular saw
Hand saw
2x6 lumber

Anyone with a shed might be interested in a roof addition information which can help them to construct a roof to keep the elements off. This will ensure that your belongings are kept safe and dry. There are many different types of roof addition which can be built to cover sheds, some of the easiest are lean-to style roofs. This type of roof will be hooked onto brackets which are mounted on the wall. This is a very simple roof which will help to direct water away from the building and down towards the ground.

With the right tools and materials available you will be able to easily find a way of making a lean to style shed roof very easily and quickly. You shouldn't have any problem constructing one of these shed roofs in just a couple of hours.

Step 1 - Cutting Rafters

The first thing you need to do is take your lumber and cut it to the right length. Normally you will want to make the rafters so that the roof overhangs the front of the shed slightly. This will allow the water to run off the house without the possibility of it running down the walls where it could potentially cause damage. As you will want this roof to slope down to allow the water to run off you will first need to work out the angle so that you can cut the rafters correctly. The roof will be lower at the front than at the back.

Notches then need to be cut into the rafter by using the hand saw. Offer it into place on your shed and check that it fits properly, if not then you can make adjustments. Once you are happy with your one rafter you can then use this as a template to cut all of the others.

Step 2 - Fixing Rafters

Rafters then need to be fixed down to the plates by using framing nails. Once you have done this cut blocks of lumber to fit between the rafters as a way to brace them. This will also offer the building extra protection and help to seal it from the elements.

Step 3 - Covering the Roof

The entire roof now needs to be covered using plywood. Make sure that the plywood is fitted so that it's at the right angle, also try to stagger any joints. Allow the plywood to extend slightly past the frame of the roof for best weatherproofing and results. The drip edge then needs to be nailed around the roof using galvanized roofing nails.

Once this has been finished you then need to cover the entire surface of the roof using felt paper, this needs to be fixed down securely and all seams need to be sealed. Start fixing the bottom of the asphalt roofing felt and then work your way up the roof. Use roofing cement to seal all of the edges and joints.