How to Build Windsor Roofing How to Build Windsor Roofing

What You'll Need
Rafter Boards
16 Penny Nails
Windsor Ridge
Backing Board
Pressure Block
Frieze Block
Fascia Board

Windsor roofing is a unique, dramatic and a certainly creative roof formation that refers to a hip roof being hung on the gable end. Building Windsor Roofing is a somewhat challenging project but is a good idea for bringing in artistic and innovative design to your house or the outside barn. Using the tools and materials listed below as per the steps explained and you can go about your task with little difficulty.


Step 1: Work on your Board and Gable End

The gable end of your Windsor roofing needs to be constructed first for which you are to put down 2 by 4 rafter boards onto your sawhorses and bring them to the required size by cutting them out. Each board will be positioned on respective wall plates and hence, begin by cutting an opening towards the boards lower ends along with cutting at the top edges so that they lay in line with the beam of the ridge. Proceed by nailing the boards to the wall plates and then use 16 penny nails to nail them to the ridge. Position the rafter boards towards the center and place a second gable rafter next to the first one which should be close to the inner side of the gable end (primarily where your hip roof would start).

Step 2: Work on the Rafters 

Mark and incise the rafters after accounting for the details of the positioning of your roofing. Common rafters run at a right angle to the respective and gable end, the hip rafters are found at a 45 degree angle from the edges of the Windsor, hip jack rafters move from the large order to the small and are linked to the corners of the hip rafters. 

Step 3: Work on the Windsor

Proceed by cutting a board for your Windsor ridge with the dimensions of about 2 by 10. Attach this board with the help of 16 penny nails right underneath the foremost gable common rafters you implanted. See to it that the ridge covers one corner of the gable to the other and that the common rafters are well attached to the Windsor itself. Move forward by pulling up the installed hip rafters and positioning them towards the corners. Once done, nail them initially to the wall plate and then to the gable commons again using 16 penny nails but keep in mind that you must nail one end to the plate and the other corner to the hip rafter.

Step 4: Nail the Components

To provide support to your Windsor ridge, use a 2 by 6 backing board which is nailed to the gable and the ridge, both. Nail the common rafters towards the center after every 15 inches or so and also nail a pressure block between every common rafter with exactly two 16 penny nails working on both ends. When you are done nailing, place and nail the jack rafters to the plate and subsequently to the respective hip rafters. Finally, to prevent the blocks from rolling over without receiving proper support, nail a frieze block in the middle of every common rafter. 

Step 5: Final Touches

Calculate and accordingly cut the rafter tails after which nail fascia board (1 by 6 in dimension) towards the edges of the tails. For the final touches, apply plywood over the entire roofing and nail it well and hard to your roof’s rafter studs.

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