Playhouse Roofing: The Foolproof Guide to Choosing Materials

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Written By Will Dietrich

I love gardening, building, making and fixing things. 





This is a simple guide to which material is the best playhouse roofing. In this article, I’ll assume you’ve already got in mind what you want to build and have chosen a plan, and are looking for answers to more specific questions. If not, we’ve added links below to 3 of our favorite designs.

Types of Roof Design for Playhouses

playhouse roof

There are many types of roof designs for playhouses, but they all have one thing in common – they make the house look more attractive. Some are flat while others are pitched with a slope.

The most popular type is probably the gable roof style which has two slopes that meet at an apex or peak. The first slope starts from the bottom edge of the wall and runs up towards the top edge where it meets another sloped section. This second slope of the playhouse roofing usually begins about halfway along the length of the side walls.

A variation of the gable roof design is called a mansard roof. In this case, there is only one slope running across the entire width of the roof. A third option is the hipped roof which also features just one slope.

Roof Trims for Your Playhouse

Cedar Wood Shingles

Wood is durable, easy to work with, and has a natural look. You can build your own playhouse roof using simple tools like an electric drill or hand saw. You’ll find that building a wooden playhouse roof takes less time than it does to paint one! It can be the cheapest and most attractive option, but also the least durable. Guess it depends on how long your kids will use it for.

Asphalt Shingles

Personally, this is my favorite, as it offers the best balance of cost and weatherproofing. Asphalt Shingles are very durable and can be used for many years. It has been widely used in the construction industry because of its high strength and durability. It is also easy to install and maintain. It’s quite easy to install the roofing felt to the roof sheets – just make sure you secure the tar paper to the roofing sheets with roofing staples first and make sure that they overlap by at least 2 inches. Worth noting that the bottom drip edges should under the roofing felt, while the side drip edges should be on top.

Slate Effect

The slate effect is one of my favorite roofs because it looks so cool! It’s also very easy to build. The only downside is that it can be expensive if you have to buy all your own supplies. But I think it’s worth every penny when you see what it does to a house.

Materials and Tools

Once you’ve chosen your Playhouse plan and the materials you want to use, you’ll need a few tools:


  • Safety gloves and glasses
  • Either a Miter saw or a jigsaw
  • Carpentry pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • A spirit level
  • Drill

How To Make Your Playhouse Roofing

To make our roof, you’ll probably want to use plywood sheets. These plywood sheets come in various thicknesses so check out all the options available. You could even get them cut into smaller pieces depending on where they’re going to go. Once you’ve got your plywood sheet cut up into small sections you can start assembling them together using wood glue. It doesn’t matter whether you assemble these sheets horizontally or vertically because both methods work just fine.

When installing your roof you don’t necessarily have to nail every single piece of plywood down. Instead, you can simply lay the whole thing down and leave the nails sticking through the top layer. This way you won’t have to worry about damaging the bottom layers while driving the nails home. If you would still like to drive the nails home then you can always add another layer of plywood underneath the existing ones.

It is important to remember not to place too much weight on your roof.

Our Favorite Playhouse Ideas

  1. This sexy modern playhouse is utterly cool. I’m tempted to build one for big people too…
  2. The site actually sells a paid guide that offers 9 different plans. If you’re building for a girl, these designs are fantastic and really cute.
  3. Here’s another option for a girls playhouse – simple and cost effective.


I hope that you found my guide useful for building a play house roof helpful. We hope they enjoy the playhouse you have built for them for years to come. Thanks for reading!


















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