How to Attach a Barn Hip Roof

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What You'll Need
Galvanized nails
Outdoor screws
Metal framing brackets
Metal framing fasteners
Rope or cord to secure to ladder
Roof trusses
Tar paper

A hip roof is a type of roof in which all sides are sloping down toward the house or building, but the design will vary depending on the type of building and the size. For example, a hip roof for a house is different from that of a barn. A barn hip roof has a very unique design that is better able to withstand the elements. This style also offers added space with a higher ceiling, allowing for added storage in the upper levels. Building your own barn hip roof may seem like a daunting task due to the enormous size of the roof, but it is not an impossible task to complete. Follow the steps below to effectively attach a hip roof without the help of a professional carpenter.

Step 1 - Prepare

Before starting on your barn hip roof, you must first find out if this is even a possibility. Some structures are simply not strong enough to support this type of roofing. If you are lucky enough to have a barn or home that can withstand the change in style of roofing, then you are well on your way.

You can purchase pre-made hip roof trusses from the local hardware store. This is the easy way to go about building the hip roof if you have never done so before. Measure the barn to make sure you order the correct size of trusses.

However, if you want to do it all yourself, then you can build your own roof trusses. You must allow for added time as this is not a project that should be taken on without consideration for what it entails.

Step 2 - Hang Roof Trusses

You will need to use some sort of large beam truck to raise the trusses up to the roof to put them in place. Once the truss has been lifted and put in its proper place, secure it to the wall. Repeat this process until all of the trusses are put in place. Secure the trusses by putting in spacers, which is simply a board that is nailed in between the top and bottom of each truss, ensuring that they do not move.

Step 3 - Fasten Roof Boards

Once the trusses are in place, you can begin sheeting the roof over with sheets of plywood. The plywood should be nailed or screwed into place so it doesn't come off in high winds.

Step 5 - Use Tar Paper and Shingles

The final step is to attach the tar paper to the plywood and then shingle the roof of your barn.