How to Calculate Shingles for Gazebo


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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