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When I bought my fixer upper, this fairly large dog house was left behind by the previous homeowner. Although we have two small pups, they are spoiled inside dogs, preferring the couch over a dog house.
If you follow my blog, you know that I like to reuse things as much as possible, so when the opportunity came along for me to try GAF roofing products, I knew right away what DIY project I would use them for – for a makeover of this sad-looking dog house. Not for my dogs, but for the dogs at the local animal shelter. During warmer months, the shelter keeps several large dogs outside, but the area lacks shade and cover. I’m hoping this dog house will keep the dogs cool and dry.
As you can see, the dog house needed lots of TLC… especially the roof.
The first thing I did was measure the roof. Next, I went to Lowe’s to purchase all my roofing materials. This part was pretty easy since all the GAF Roofing Accessories were in one aisle, including shingles, underlayment, ridge cap shingles, and nails. I also bought new plywood and paint.
I started by removing the old shingles.
The original roof was a mess. It consisted of plywood and shingles, and a second layer of thin plywood and shingles. All this needed to go.
Basically, I took it down to the studs, haha. I cleaned the house and reinforced certain areas with leftover treated wood from my wood stash.
Once the new plywood for the roof was put in place, it was ready for the FeltBuster® High Traction Synthetic Roofing Felt.
This gives the wood an additional layer of protection. Although GAF is customarily thought of as a professional product used by contractors, it can be used by the average DIYer. I never knew I could install an actual roof myself, but this was totally doable.
For shingles I chose Timberline® Natural Shadow® in charcoal. I recently learned that Timberline is the best-selling shingle in North America. It’s made with proprietary, granular technology. The best part – It looks good and is extremely durable. Just picture how many dogs will be able to use this dog house?! For many years. This makes me really happy.
Once the shingles were up, it was time to add the TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles. These offer multi-layer protection at the highest-stress areas of the roof.
These are easy to use, since no cutting is required. Just use your hands to break them.
When everything was done, I primed and painted the house a cheerful yellow color.
Not only was this makeover fun to work on, I feel good knowing that this house will go to good use.
And Billy couldn’t agree more.
He and Teddy were the first to get a tour of the new and improved dog house.
Are you keeping busy with outdoor projects this spring? What kind of DIY project would you use GAF roofing on?