Before we purchased our shed, I did a lot of research and knew exactly what supplies that we would need to purchase in addition to the shed. I placed a ship to store order with Lowe’s for our roofing supplies and decided to go with GAF Timberline® High Definition® Shingles and supplies. It was an easy choice after reading the reviews on the website and finding out that these were the shingles used on our house just last year. GAF shingles are extremely durable and made with proprietary, granular technology. This roof looks good and it is easy to see why GAF Timberline HD® shingles are the best selling shingle in North America. In addition, it was hard to pass up their awesome Lifetime ltd. warranty which you can read more about here!
We ordered 3 bundles of Timberline HD® shingles, 1 package of TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles, 1 roll of Feltbuster® High-Traction synthetic roofing felt and 1 package of Pro-Start™ Eave/Rake Starter Strip shingles and had them shipped to our local Lowe’s store. Ship to store was super easy. I picked out what I wanted online, paid and waited a short time for a call to come pick up our order. We went straight to customer service, where they called the order up, then they loaded it onto a forklift and into our truck! We had the last of our supplies to complete our project and were totally ready!
The first thing we did was install our drip edge. My husband wanted to make sure we did this to code for our area and so our drip edge went on before the felt. We have read other places that the felt sometimes goes under the drip edge, make sure to look up the code for your area. A drip edge is very important for a roofing project because it helps prevent water infiltration and increase wind resistance.
We were ready to put the shingles on! This part was very exciting to me and I watched this awesome tutorial video from GAF on how to do this perfectly! My husband trimmed the shingles to ensure that our roof looked great and we did not have racking to avoid potential roof damage and shingle blow offs. GAF recommends that you start with your first full Timberline HD® shingle and place it on the roof atop the starter shingle with four to six 1-1 1/4 inch galvanized nails. The overhang should match your starter shingle. The second row of shingles you remove 6 inches with a shingle knife from the edge of your Timberline HD® shingle and place it on top, for the third row, remove 11 inches and place it above that and then the fourth row you remove 17 inches and place that above the third row. You can see above how everything is layered and cut and you can also see a video here.
There was just one part we had not completed and I was probably the most confused and intimidated with this; the ridge cap. I had to ask my dad how to do this as he has roofed many buildings. Luckily, with dad’s advice and the easy perforated lines on the TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles it was a much simpler process then I expected. The ridge cap took all of 15 minutes to install! You just layer them atop each other with one nail on each side straight back. Once you reach the end you nail through the last shingle and trim off any excess.
One thing that I forgot to mention is how important it is to wear protective gear. I had on old jeans, good sneakers, glasses, a hat and gloves for protection. Shingles are rough and sticky and you do not want to damage them as much as you do not want to damage yourself. Make sure to keep yourself safe and if you are working on a large project, do it with a partner and always spot someone on a ladder.