Cedar Shakes and a Cupola for the Gazebo
The roofing on the gazebo needed attention. I had planned on just replacing the shingles until a roofer suggested I replace the sheathing as well. I knew he was right. Then I figured why not add a cupola? It didn’t take long before I realized I wouldn’t be adding it to the existing roof frame, I’d be building an entire new roof frame.
I tore off the entire roof and built a new frame from cedartone wood using Simpson brackets to attach the rafters to the interior frame. I used biscuits and screws to make the interior frame.
Once the frame was in place, I laid 5/8″ fir siding, grooved 4″ O.C., good side down, for the sheathing. This created a finished look to the ceiling of the gazebo. I finished it with Defy cedar stain/sealant.
For the roofing I chose cedar shakes. After studying the roofing manual fron the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, I decided on battens with a felt interlay for laying the shakes. I ended up building a scaffold that would allow me to work on three sections at a time.
I ran out of shakes with only the last course of ridge shakes to do. Once I get those I’ll set the cupola roof and string some rope light inside for some night time enjoyment.
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Twenty four years and it was looking pretty tired
This is what I designed for the roof replacement
I turned a piece of 4x4 cedar for the down-facing finial and screwed and glued the cupola rafters to it
The new gazebo rafters and sheathing
1x3 battens, 30# felt interlay and 18" cedar shakes. This method was used for the cupola and gazebo roofing.