How to Calculate Shingles for Gazebo

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Whether you're designing a new gazebo or renovating an existing one, it's important to calculate the number of shingles needed to complete the job. This information will help you budget accurately and choose the appropriate materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Ladder
  • Calculator

Know Your Gazebo

  • Determine the number of sides on your gazebo. While many are made up of six equal sides, octagonal gazebos are popular, too.

  • Understand the shape of each roofing panel. Some gazebos feature triangular roofing panels which meet at the top. But others feature a series of isosceles trapezoids (see image) in which the diagonal lengths are identical. So the distance from the top right to lower left corners is equal to that of the top left to lower right corners.

  • Determine whether you have a one, two or three tier gazebo. Two roofing levels (see image) are most popular in more ornate models featuring isosceles trapezoids.

  • In gazebos with more than one tier, determine how many sides are triangular or isosceles trapezoids.

Calculating Square Footage for Triangular Roofing Sections

Calculate Square Footage of Isosceles Trapezoids

Determining the Number of Shingles Needed

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have blueprints or designs for your gazebo, refer to them for the measurements needed.
  • Working at heights on a ladder can result in a fall. Always enlist help when measuring your gazebo.

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  • Photo Credit gazebo image by Bryan Crisp from Fotolia.com park gazebo image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com gazebo under the trees image by Jake Hellbach from Fotolia.com measuring tape image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com Wooden ladder image by Tasha from Fotolia.com calculator image by gajatz from Fotolia.com measure image by Stanisa Martinovic from Fotolia.com pencil image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com Pencil image by Alla Chichkina from Fotolia.com measure tape #4 image by Adam Borkowski from Fotolia.com ok-check image by Brett Bouwer from Fotolia.com calculator image by Albo from Fotolia.com Gazebo and flowers image by Rexford Jordan from Fotolia.com wood shingles image by Michel Essiambre from Fotolia.com gazebo image by Trevor Allen from Fotolia.com
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