QuestionsCategory: QuestionsHow to finish shingles on lean-to roof (top edge, free-standing)?
Handyman Staff asked 5 months ago

I’m nearing completion on an 8' x 6' wooden shed. I’ve shingled the roof based on information I’ve found online, but haven’t been able to find a good guide on how to run the top course.

I have roofing felt and drip edges. The front drip edge is under the felt. The side edges are over the felt. The shingles extend 1/2" past the drip edge on all sides.

At the top edge, it would seem I should put the drip edge over the shingles. But as you can see in this photo, the penultimate course ends short of the top edge:

View from left side of top edge of sloped-roof garden shed

I’m thinking of putting one last course of shingles, trimming that along the back edge, then placing the drip edge, then putting a second course on top of the edge for aesthetics. I also think I should probably get a wider drip edge (this one is 2×2").

But I don’t really want to leave those cap nails visible. What is the standard practice in this situation?