Learn how to build a DIY playhouse. This week we have all the details for how to roof the outdoor playhouse.
The DIY Playhouse is all done! This week we completed the roof build and now our kids have the perfect place to play, even in the hot sun. The roof material we chose blocks the harmful sun rays but still allows lots of light into the clubhouse. And now the kids can play outside in any weather. Now we have all the kids playhouse plans ready for you to build your own outdoor wooden playhouse!
I was starting to feel like the kids outdoor playhouse was never going to be finished. July was a crazy month. And after waiting for the final roofing piece to arrive in the mail, we just had too much going on to get the roof build complete. But after a couple strong summer rainstorms, I decided it was time to make the roof a priority. I’m so glad we did because the new roof is definitely the icing on the cake for the perfect outdoor DIY playhouse!
There were many different options for roofing the playhouse. We considered so many different options before finally settling on using the Suntuf corrugated polycarbonate roofing panels from The Home Depot (this is not a sponsored post, I just really love this product).
These roofing panels were not the least expensive option, but the pros of using them outweighed the cost. They block 99% of harmful UV rays, which will not only protect the kids in the playhouse, but also protect the actual playhouse so it lasts longer. They are super easy to install (minus the almost falling off the ladder part). And the Solar Gray color gives the whole house a shaded feel so it stays cooler in the hot months, but still allows 70% off the light in.
There are many other ways you could roof a playhouse. I love the Suntuf panels we chose, but in case you want to try something else, here are some other playhouse roof ideas:
- Pergola style roof
- Roofing shingles (like on most homes)
- Metal corrugated panels
- Cover roof with outdoor fabric
Once we had decided on what we would use to cover our playhouse, we needed to build a roof to support it. I am not going to lie, building a roof scared me. But it was actually really easy to do! The roof build did require two sets of hands. I couldn’t hold the boards how I needed them by myself and clamps were not an option. But with my husband’s help, we had the roof frame built in a morning (except for one board that was mis-cut and required a trip to get more wood).
After the roof of the DIY playhouse was built, adding the Suntuf panels was quite easy. It did require a bit of balancing on a step stool and ladder, but was really easy to do. So easy I am planning on using them again on another project soon!
I absolutely love that the roof covers the entire playhouse deck. It will help protect all the kids toys during the winter. And the wood will last longer since it will be protected from the weather. The kids feel so special with their own space to enjoy. They even asked for a broom for their playhouse so they can keep it clean.
If you are ready to see how easy it was to roof the playhouse, and the total cost for the roof and the completed DIY playhouse, click the arrow below for the tutorial and plans.
And don’t miss the rest of the posts in the series. Click the links below for the rest of the playhouse build.