When it comes to roofing designs the possibilities are almost endless. As a finishing touch, your roof adds the first layer of protection against the elements and the last bit of character to its style. The quality of material you choose for your roof is as important as the style you're trying to achieve. This will vary depending on the type of structure, for example our recommendations for roofing materials would differ between a shed, a flat-roof home studio, or one of our gazebo kits. With the many options available, you can accomplish any roofing idea without compromise.

Roofing Preparation

Building roofing information Summerwood

We use 7/16" OSB* as the roof sheathing material on our structures. OSB is an engineered wood panel that delivers exceptional strength and contains the desirable physical and mechanical properties of wood. It is a light material that offers superior strength and high resistance to damage from impact.

We don't recommend the use of tarpaper when shingling our structures. Our roof pitches are generally steep enough that it is not necessary. If you choose to use it, it is easily accessible at any hardware store and is fairly inexpensive.

Please note that if you are purchasing cedar shingles from us, nails are not provided. For this application it is much quicker to purchase staples and rent a staple gun.

*If you wish to enjoy the aroma of cedar both inside and out, a 1 x 6 cedar roof upgrade is available as a substitute to the plywood.

Choices of Roof Finishes

While our most popular roof designs are either cedar or asphalt shingles, there are a number of other materials available as well.

  • Asphalt - inexpensive, easy to apply, many colours and styles to choose from

  • Cedar - shingle or shakes, add character, beauty and longevity to your building, great roofing option for gazebos.

  • Copper - a stylish look for any building.

  • Clay - for the Mediterranean feeling in your own backyard

  • Steel - strong protective outer layer and a handsome look

  • EPDM - ethylene propylene diene monomer, a sleek synthetic rubberized roofing that lasts in all types of weather

The right roofing idea is a very personal thing. Just be sure to choose one that suits your style and budget, making sure that it will be there for the long haul.

If there is a particular type of roofing design you would like (e.g. metal roofing or clay tiles), please contact us. We're happy to help you source the perfect roof for your building. You can also visit our Tips & Ideas section, where we provide suggestions and inspiration for finishing off your roof. In the event you’d like to source your own roofing material, as most of our customers do, we would be more than happy to send you specifications and measurements on the roof style that you’re interested in.


Pre-Assembled Gazebo Kits

Gazebo roofing information pre-assembled Summerwood

One of the great features of our pre-assembled gazebo kits is that the cedar shingles are applied to the roof sections for you in our plant before shipping. As you can imagine, it's much easier. Simply slide the roof panels into place and your roof is on!

Please note that due to weight, it is not possible to pre shingle roof panels for gazebos larger than 16 feet. On these structures the roof must be shingled on site.

Pre-Cut Kits

Gazebo roofing information pre-cut kits Summerwood

Like everything else in our pre-cut gazebo kits the roofing components are precision cut for assembly on site. Shingles are not included with the pre-cut kits, however for your convenience, cedar shingle bundles with cut ridge caps may be added to your order at the time of purchase.