7 Steps on How to Shingle a Gambrel Roof Easily

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Some of you probably haven’t heard about Gambrel roof. You may not realize it or did not know that such roof is called as Gambrel roof. Gambrel roof is also known as the barn-style roof, in which the roof has a shallow slope upon the steeper slope of roof in each side.

So, there are at least 2 sides per face. In many areas, Gambrel roof also has shingles to cover the roof. In case you own this roof and want to install shingles on top of it, check the article below about ‘how to shingle a Gambrel roof’.

How to Shingle a Gambrel Roof

How to Shingle a Gambrel Roof 

Shingling a Gambrel roof is actually similar to shingling common roof. There are no specific instructions to follow. Below is the instruction of how to shingle a Gambrel roof.

  1. Count the need of shingles. Measure every length and width of each slope. Then count all of them and convert it to square meter. Once you go to the shop, you can ask the staff how many squares you need to cover the area. Usually, per 100 square meters, you’ll need a square of shingles.
  1. However, it depends on the size of shingles itself. Add 5% of the total shingles so that you have some substitutes.
  1. While planning to lay it on to your roof, it’s advised to do it on a sunny day. Once the heat reaches the shingles, especially the tarred side ones that will make the shingles more flexible. So, that leads to easier shingles placement.
  1. Then, lay the shingles starting from the lowest slope of the Gambrel roof. Start it from one end to another end, and nail your shingles with galvanized nails to secure it. Cut the exceeding shingles with razor blade neatly.
  1. For the second layer’s shingle, trim the left-most/right-most shingle into half. Then, lay the shingles and overlap it according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
  1. The third layer’s shingle should follow the first layer’s shingles placement. Then, the fourth should follow the second layer, and so on.
  1. Continue laying the shingles until you reach the upmost side. Keep layering it following the instruction 1-5 when reaching the different slope. Also, do the same thing with another face of the roof.
  1. When you reach the peak, cap it off with ridge caps.

How to Shingle a Gambrel Roof Shed

Just like mentioned under that ‘how to shingle a Gambrel roof’ sub-headline, shingling a Gambrel roof shed is done like that. To ease your job, shingling it can be done on a sunny day. The heat can help the tarred shingles to be more flexible.

Read also : How to Install Drip Edge on Shed Roof

How to Shingle a Gambrel Roof Transition

Shingling a Gambrel roof transition will require you shingling the lower pitch first. Then, if you’ve reached the upper edge:

  1. You should apply shingles in an ordinary way until reaching the top row which connects to the next shallow slope. To do that, do every step of that ‘how to shingle a Gambrel roof’ details. If you got the upper part of the shingles too long and extended above the edge, no need to change that.
  1. Continue by placing the shingles in the shallow slope of your Gambrel roof. Make it extend the edge, so that the shingles will overlap with the lower side shingles. Combine them altogether and secure with a nail like usual.

Alright, those are the steps on how to shingle a Gambrel roof. You might wonder can you use architectural shingles on a Gambrel roof. You can use any types of shingles while working on shingling your roof.

However, it might be more difficult to do as architectural shingles are much thicker and heavier by, at least, 50%. Also, bear in mind the architectural shingles will cost more. However, despite the drawbacks, the finished look will be better.

It also offers many upsides especially its longevity. Therefore, choose one which suits your style and most importantly, your budget.