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Two and a half days! I am two and a half days away from my summer vacation! I am soooo looking forward to it because last summer was filled to the brim with packing, moving, unpacking, and getting ready for my first year of teaching. Needless to say there wasn’t much time for relaxing or entertaining, so that’s definitely a BIG item on my bucket list this summer.
I love spending time outdoors with friends and family in the summer, but my backyard lacks a certain flair that the rest of my house has. I was given a grill as a housewarming present when I bought my first home but ever since I moved it’s been secluded to the side of the deck, with no protection, which doesn’t make using it very easy. There’s no counter or storage space anywhere near it so using it is more of a hassle than it should be. I’ve always liked the idea of a grillzebo but I could never find a style that I liked within my budget, so I decided to DIY my own version!
I pinky promise that I will share a tutorial with free build plans in the coming weeks (because it will make a great summer vacation project!), but for today I want to give you a tutorial on how I installed these awesome and durable shingles on the roof of my DIY grillzebo!
First things first, I headed to Lowe’s to gather my supplies!
I knew that I wanted to match the shingles on my grillzebo to the shingles on my house’s roof, so I headed to Lowe’s roofing center to check out what options they had.
Lowe’s Roofing Center made it really easy and convenient to see what my options were. I really liked GAF’s Timberline products because they’re rated #1 and are the best selling shingle in North America. AKA, they’re without a doubt going to stand up to the lovely lake effect snow I am now blessed with in the winter season. ;) I checked what colors were available and what matched the best, and I headed down the roofing aisle to get my shingle bundles and underlayment.
After reading up on GAF shingles and learning about how durable they are and how nice the finished product looks, I knew I definitely wanted to use them for my grillzebo. I never would’ve thought that I could’ve installed roofing shingles by myself (I am in no way a professional), but GAF makes it so easy for DIYers like myself to complete their home-related projects!
- FeltBuster® High-Traction Synthetic Roofing Felt
- Timberline® Natural Shadow® Shingles
- TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles
- Galvanized Steel Roofing Nails
- Round Plastic Cap Roofing Nails
- Tape Measure
- Utility Knife / Scissors
- Roofing Spade (optional)
DIY Grillzebo Roof Instructions
1. I obviously built a new structure so I had a clean slate to work with, but if you’re working on a project that need re-roofing, you would want to use your roofing spade to remove any old shingles, nails, staples, etc. It is very important to make sure your surface is clean and dry before moving onto step #2!
2. Before any shingles are laid, you’re going to want to put down FeltBuster® roofing underlayment. This will help protect against moisture. To install, simply roll out your desired length and nail in place with plastic cap nails.
3. Once you have your layer of FeltBuster® installed, it’s time to get to roofin’ with the Timberline® Natural Shadow® shingles! The written instructions on the packaging were really easy to follow but in case you need more visual instructions, GAF has a whole YouTube channel full of “How To” videos to help you out!
You want to start placing your shingles at the lowest point, working left to right (or right to left), and the working your way to the highest point. You want to be very careful that your seems don’t overlap. If you have a long, vertical seem in your roof line your project could be subjected to water damage, which would kind of be the worst. :/ Secure each shingle sheet with 4 roofing nails spaced out evenly and so that the next row of shingles will cover the nail head. Continue on the other side.
When you get to the edge you’ll need to trim off any excess. It’s recommended to use a utility knife but if you don’t have one they’re also easy to cut with heavy-duty scissors. But make sure you wash them after if you do that! ;)
4. The final step is to install the TimberTex® cap shingles on the roof’s peak! When you take them out of the package, they’re suuuuuper stiff. At least they were for me. I laid them out in the sun for about 10 minutes to soften the tar up and to make it easier for me to fold them over the peak of the roof.
5. Once your TimberTex® cap shingles have softened up, it’s time to install! Start them on an edge, center on the peak, and nail down on each side of the roof. Just like with the Timberline® Natural Shadow® shingles, once you get the opposite edge, cut off any excess with a utility knife or scissors.
6. Step back, admire your hard work, and be envy of all your neighbors!
I am seriously so happy with how this turned out! I have wanted a designated grilling / entertaining space for what feels like forever and I finally have one! This is going to be so great this summer when I have people over and we just want to chill.
After completing the whole roofing project by myself, I can totally see why GAF shingles are rated #1 in North America. It really does provide the nicest finish and my grillzebo looks so much more put together with a shingled roof! To learn about these products and more, head on over to the GAF Facebook page to stay updated and follow along!
I know I never thought I could’ve completed a project that involved any sort of roofing element but GAF made it so easy! And a bunch of other DIYers have felt the same way! Check out the #RoofedItMyself hashtag to see how people are updating their backyards and to get your own inspiration by clicking here!
Have any of you ever completed a roofing project? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to check back soon for the free build plans to this DIY Grillzebo!