Whenever it is time to re-shingle your gazebo roof, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind. Re-shingling a roof is something that can be very difficult if you do not know the proper steps and tips as well as have the right tools. Being completely prepared for the task will allow you to get the job done quickly and correctly.
Step 1 – Pick the Right Time
Whenever you are re-shingling your gazebo roof, you will find that picking the right day is crucial. You do not want it to do this job in extreme heat. If it is too hot the shingles and tar will be much too hot to work with. However, you want it to be just warm enough so the shingles are not stiff. A day that is in the 80s will be ideal to get the job done quickly and safely.
Step 2 – Remove Old Shingles
You will need to first get rid of the old shingles before you can put down the new ones. As you tear off the old shingles that you keep an eye out for rotted boards. You will need to replace any rotted or especially old looking ones. Take note of how much needs to be replaced so you will know how many new boards that you will need.
Step 3 – Felt Paper and Aluminum Flashing
Once you have completely removed the shingles and replaced the rotted and dead boards you are now ready to lay down the aluminum flashing and the felt paper. To lay the felt paper, you will begin by unrolling it starting at the lowest part of the roof. The felt paper will need to be rolled all the way to the other side of your roof. Make sure that it is stretched tight and aligned with the lower edge. The lower edge of the felt needs to be aligned with the lower end of the decking. Every 3 to 5 inches the felt needs to be secured to the deck. In a W pattern, secure the middle part of the felt every 9 to 10 inches with your nail gun. You will need to lay another layer down to make sure that you have the top roof completely covered. Aluminum flashing can easily be manipulated and put down over the roof. Make sure that you have it properly secured and completely covering the roof as well.
Step 4 – Shingles
Whenever you are beginning to lay the shingles, make sure that you start in the middle. This will ensure that you are going in a straight line as you do it. Work your way down until you have completely covered the roof. Nail the shingles every 6 to 7 inches to ensure that they are completely secured onto the roof your gazebo.