How to Shingle a Quonset Hut

A Quonset hut is a building that is shaped like a half circle. It is often made out of steel and these buildings began to show up during World War II. These huts can vary in length and have a huge slope that can make it difficult to stand on the roof. The type of roofing on Quonset huts vary, but you can install shingles on top of the hut, just like you would install shingles anywhere else.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Roofing felt
  • Self-tapping sheet metal screws
  • Power drill
  • Utility knife
  • Starter shingles
  • Roofing nails
  • Hammer
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    • 1

      Run a tape measure along the length of the hut and record that measurement. Repeat the process for the width of the hut. Multiply the two together to get the total square footage of the hut. This will determine how many shingles will be needed for installation. One bundle of shingles covers about 33 square feet.

    • 2

      Roll out felt paper beginning at either end of the Quonset roof and screw it in place with self-tapping sheet metal screws and a power drill. Insert a screw every 8-inches throughout the felt and continue all the way down the roof until you reach the end. Cut off the excess felt with a utility knife. Overlap the second row by 4 inches and continue up the roof until felt is installed everywhere.

    • 3

      Lay out a row of starter strip shingles beginning at the edge of the roof. Insert four roofing nails directly into the center of each shingle and hammer them in place. Continue around the edge of the roof on each side of the Quonset hut until you reach the end. Cut off the excess with a utility knife.

    • 4

      Lay out the first row of shingles beginning in the bottom corner of the roof. Insert four equally space roofing nails into the center of the shingle with a hammer. Place the second shingle right next to the first and install it in the same manner. Continue down the first row until you reach the edge.

    • 5

      Cut 6-inches off the first shingle of the second row and install it and the remaining row in the same manner. Install a full shingle for the third row and continue in the same pattern all the way around the roof until it is completely covered in shingles.

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