When you decide to build a shed, you probably have a million things running through your mind, from the type of lumber you’re going to use to the framework and structure of the shed. What you should also be giving equal thought to (if not more), however, is the roof of your shed.
The roof serves as the first line of defense for any structure, keeping your shed safe from all the elements. The roof is also a major contributing factor to the overall look and aesthetic of your shed. When considering how important the roof is to the well-being of your structure, it’s vital that this step isn’t haphazardly slapped on during the process. Here are some key factors you should keep in mind about the different types of roof materials.
Before you select the material of roof you want for your shed, there are some questions you should ask yourself.
- What climate will your shed roof have to withstand? Areas that receive heavy amounts of snow will need drastically different roofs than areas with more temperate climates. As a general rule of thumb, the more snowfall your area receives, the steeper the pitch of the shed roof should be. This prevents ice damming, or ridges of ice that prevent water run-off, from forming on your roof.
- What level of maintenance do you want to deal with? Although all roofs should be regularly inspected and their eavestrough cleaned for the health of your structure, you probably don’t want a wood shake roof if you’re planning on a bare minimum level of maintenance.
- What style of roof are you looking for? A classic, “residential”-style shed would look odd paired with a metal roof. Along the same vein, a clay tile roof is most likely not the choice for a modern-style shed.
Armed with these basic questions answered, you can begin looking into the selection of your shed roof.
- Metal: Durable and low-maintenance. They are lightweight and shed snow or rainfall easily, lowering the chances of a roof collapse. Installation, however, can be difficult and pricey.
- Wood Shake: Helps insulate and allows air to breathe. Although varied in appearance and distinctive in character, shake roofs require proper maintenance and care for longevity.
- Concrete: Durable and resource-efficient, concrete offers a variety of looks with long lifespans and low-maintenance. However, this roofing can be more expensive than other forms.
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