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10 Great Ideas for Secure Garbage Can Storage

10 Great Ideas for Secure Garbage Can Storage That’s Also Neat & Tidy

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ARE YOU SICK AND TIRED or looking at your smelly trash cans sitting beside or behind your house?

Do they seem to constantly attract all kinds of birds, bugs, rodents, and other pests?

Are you looking for some type of secure garbage can storage, but not really up to building what you need from scratch?

I know the feeling as I needed something for my trash cans and being pushed for time, did a little looking around to see what's out there. The good news is that there are a number of great models on the market at reasonable prices for you to choose from.

Things You Should be Looking for in Secure Garbage Can Storage Units

There are of course several things you need to consider before you start shopping for your garbage can storage shed. I recommend you keep all of these in mind while doing your homework to make sure you have the highest possible chance of getting the right one the first time.

  • Cost –  Start out by deciding how much you can afford to spend. Personally, I set two different amounts, the first is the amount I really want to spend, if I can find what I am looking for at this amount, then I consider it a win. Secondly, I set a maximum amount or how much more I am willing to spend if I find exactly what I am looking for and the price is more than I originally wanted to spend. (This gives me just a little bit of flexibility)
  • Size –  Like so many things in life, when it comes to secure garbage can storage, size does count. You need a storage unit that is big enough to fit all of your outdoor garbage cans and recycling bins. Anything smaller will still leave you with a smelly mess you and your neighbors will be able to see and smell.
  • Materials – Today, the most common materials used in the construction of garbage can storage sheds are either plastic or wood. Plastic typically costs significantly less (depending on brand), but wood may be better suited to climates where there is a lot of snow.
  • Appearance – While you might not think about the appearance of the structure you are buying to hide your garbage cans, your neighbors certainly will. Your best option is to buy a storage shed that blends into your yard rather than one that stands out like a sore thumb or for that matter an overflowing stinky garbage can.
  • Number of Doors –  This varies based on size and design, from those with a single front door to two doors and/or an openable roof. Make your choice based on the number of bins you plan to put in it and whether or not you want easy through the roof access. Bear in mind that the more doors your garbage can storage unit has, the more it is likely to cost.

One more thing to consider when shopping for a garbage can storage unit is whether you plan to use it for any other type of storage. For example, do you plan to store the family's bikes in there or a few garden tools? If so, you need to make sure that the final storage unit you buy is big enough to fit everything comfortably.

10 Great Secure Garbage Can Storage Units Worth Taking a Look At

1. Leisure Season Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed   

Three doors down or up as needed with this shed built to hold two full-size wheelie bins

LEISURE SEASON Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed

This large 3-door secure garbage can storage unit is made from tongue and groove planks and outdoor quality hardware for extra durability. The lid is curved to help eliminate snow, ice, and water build up and there is plenty of room for two large wheelie bins. With the doors open, rolling the bins in and out is a breeze. This shed is easy to assemble and comes with hydraulic lifts for the lid so you can open it easily with one hand.

Pros Cons
Solid wood construction Materials seem a bit flimsy
Easy to assemble Needs to be clear coated for better protection
Acrylic protective coating for longevity Lid can be hard to close for taller people

 

2. Suncast BMS4700 The Stow-Away Horizontal Storage Shed  

Reinforced floor with ramp makes rolling your trash cans in and out easier

Suncast_BMS4700_Garbage_ShedSUNCAST BMS4700 The Stow-Away Horizontal Storage

Made from blow-molded plastic, this garbage can storage shed is big enough to hold two 96-gallon wheelie bins. The sloping lid is mounted on a pair of pneumatic lifts to make opening it easier. The poly material used is UV and weather resistance and will hold up to the hottest days of summer and the coldest days of winter without rusting, corroding, or rotting. The two-tone gray finish fits in with most exterior decors and keeps the entire shed quite low-key.

Pros Cons
Blow Molded Plastic is strong and durable Must be placed on level ground or a foundation
Lots of interior space Takes a while to assemble
Moderately priced Poor quality manufacturing

 

3. Keter Store-It-Out MAX Outdoor Resin Storage Shed    

Wood grain good looks, polypropylene resin and steel construction for durability

Keter_Store_It_Out_MAX_Outdoor_Garbage_ShedKETER Store-It-Out Max Outdoor Resin Horizontal Storage

This stylish garbage can storage shed offers a lovely wood grain texture in neutral colors that will blend nicely into your yard. Made from polypropylene resin with steel reinforcement this shed will provide your trash bins with many years of protection. Like most good outdoor storage units, this one features two doors and an easy open roof. The roof features a “linking system” that lifts the tops of your trash bins when you raise the roof, making it easier than ever to throw your trash in the bin.

4. RubbishWrap Outdoor Garbage Enclosure – Trash Bin Shed Storage Double Unit     

Snap-together assembly lets you put this storage unit together in 5 minutes

RubbishWrap_Outdoor_Garbage_shedRubbishWrap_Outdoor_Garbage_shedRUBBISHWRAP Outdoor Garbage Enclosure

This garbage can storage unit may not have a roof, but what it lacks in a roof, it more than makes up for this lack in style. Made from a material that is wind, UV, and weather resistant, you can paint it to suit your exterior décor. The doors lift up out of the way for loading and unloading trash bins up to 96 gallons in size, the largest bins currently in use in the U.S. The best part is that the whole thing can be snapped together in five minutes without tools.

Pros Cons
Material is capable of being painted High cost
Very aesthetically pleasing appearance Not strong enough to keep larger animals out
Rapid Assemble Material easily damaged by weedeater string

 

5. Suncast BMS3400 34 cu. ft. Horizontal Shed    

Reinforced floor holds more weight than many sheds

Suncast_BMS3400_garbage_shedSUNCAST HorizonTal Shed

One of the best things about this storage shed from Suncast, is that it has a heavy-duty floor.  While most of us really don't need this for our trash cans, it can come in handy if you ever plan to use it for something else. The wood grain texture and neutral finish let this garbage can storage shed blend smoothly into your yard. Doors even have a built-in hasp so you can secure your bins with a padlock.

Pros Cons
Reasonably priced Only fits up to 43-gallon trash cans
Easy to assemble Hinges break off
Heavy-duty floor Needs to be placed on a solid foundation

 

6. Rubbermaid Outdoor Horizontal Storage Shed, Large

Features double walls for added strength and durabilityRUBBER

Rubbermaid_Outdoor_Horizontal_Storage_ShedRUBBERMAID Outdoor Horizontal Storage

This is not just meant to be a garbage can storage unit, it can be used for a  wide range of storage needs. Coming from Rubbermaid, it is (as you might expect) made from heavy-duty plastic that is dent, leak, and weather resistant.  Comes with notches for shelving molded into the sides to add more storage options. Total storage capacity is 32 cubic feet, giving it room for up to three standard size trash cans.

Pros Cons
Double wall construction for added strength Instructions are not correct or easy to follow
Room for 2 to 3 trash cans Doors do not stay in place wind blows open
Needs to be on a flat solid base Animals can get into your trash cans

 

7. Suncast FS4423 Outdoor Screen Enclosure

Elegant enclosure with no roof for your bins

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Not everyone needs or wants a garbage can storage enclosure that has a roof on it. This one can be used to screen your bins from the public eye and thanks to the lack of a roof, is very easy to get in and out of. The set comes with four panels and five posts that you can use to form an “L”, a “U”, or even a zigzag as needed. The resin material used to manufacture this screen is very durable and will resist the sun's UV rays as well as freezing temperatures. Each panel measures 23 inches wide.

Pros Cons
Very easy to assemble No roof to keep out weather and pests
No roof makes getting in and out easy Steel posts may eventually rust
Can be used for more than hiding your trash cans Blows over easily in the wind

 

8. Outdoor Living Today – Oscar Waste Management Shed  

Room for your garbage, compost, and recyclables

outdoor_living_waste_storage_shedOutdoor Living Today Oscar Waste Management Shed

The garbage can storage shed has room for a pair of 58-gallon trash cans or three smaller ones. Made from Western Red Cedar, this shed should provide you with many years of reliable service in virtually any type of weather. The arched lid makes it much easier for you to access the tops of your bins easily and has a pair of gas-charged cylinders to hold it up. The double front doors and lid fit together snugly to help keep critters on the outside.

Pros Cons
Western Red Cedar offers excellent durability Some of the pre-drilled holes don't line up
Excellent quality materials used throughout Gas shocks can be challenging to install
Easily to follow assembly instructions Online instructions better than those that come with it

9. Bosmere Rowlinson A042 Garbage Bin Storage Shed,   

Why settle for three doors when you can have four?

Bosmere_Rowlinson_Garbage_ShedBOSMERE  Rowlinson A042 Garbage Bin Storage Shed

When you are looking for an attractive garbage can storage shed, then this all wood beauty might be just what you are looking for. Instead of a single heavy lid, this model has the lid split into two halves that can be attached to the lids of your trash cans, lifting them up so you can easily throw your trash bags away. This shipboard style cladding is 12 millimeters thick for added durability.

Pros Cons
12 mm thick cladding for added durability No hydraulic cylinder to lift lids
Four doors for ease of access Wood lid props can fall out dropping lids
Chains lift trash can lids for convenience Thin roof may not hold heavy snow loads

 

10. Suncast BMS2500 Horizontal Storage Shed

Double wall resin construction with reinforced floor

Suncast_BMS2500_Horizontal_Storage_ShedSUNCAST BMS2500 Horizontal Storage Shed

The curved roof and double resin wall construction make this a very strong choice for your garbage can storage shed.  The three-door locking system ensures the doors stay firmly locked in place and help to keep animals out. The bolt-together assembly makes putting this shed together relatively easy. Curved lid features a prop rod to keep it up and the double doors make getting your wheelie bins in and out simple and stress-free.

Pros Cons
Durable double-wall construction Top may rip off in high winds
Easy bolt-together assembly Top warps in the hot summer sun
Holds up to two 96-gallon trash cans Made from flimsy materials

 

Time to Take Out the Trash

While only some of these are listed as being made specifically for garbage can storage, they can all be used for just about anything you want to put in them. It is very hard to decide which is the best, but for my money, I prefer the Leisure Season Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed. It might be a bit more expensive than some of the plastic/resin models but looks good beside my garage and keeps my garbage out of sight. I hope this information helps you find the right outdoor garbage can storage for you home.

I hope you have learned something about choosing a garbage can storage shed.  Got a question, query or comment, then please contact me here. If you liked this article there is more ZacsGarden on Facebook and Pinterest.

FREE Shed Roof Plans

The 10 Most Comprehensive FREE Shed Roof Plans Available Online

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The Sky's the Limit if You Have a Roof Over Your Head

IF YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR OWN shed, you should probably consider a number of different shed roof plans before making your final decision. A roof is so much more than a way to keep the contents of your shed clean and dry.

The right shed roof design will not only keep out the elements, it can provide you with a significant amount of extra storage space. I spent countless hours looking at the many different designs before settling on a gambrel style roof so that I could get the most storage in the least space.

10 Comprehensive FREE Shed Roof Plans

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#1 The Standard Gable Style Pitched Roof

This is the most common style of shed roof

The gable style pitched roof is not only one of the most common styles of shed roof, but it is also one of the easiest to build. The first thing you need to do is determine the correct pitch for your area. This is based on how much rain and snow you are likely to get in an average year. If you know the rise and run of your roof, you can use this shed roof pitch calculator to help determine the correct pitch.

You should also contact your local building inspector to see if there are specific regulations in place governing the pitch of your shed roof. You can then use this information to modify the shed roof plans to meet these specifications and ensure your shed roof will hold up to whatever Mother Nature has to throw at it. The good news is that you can top this style of roof with roofing felt, shingles, or sheet metal with equal effectiveness.

Here is a video of a Gable Styled Pitched Roof being built:

ProsCons
Sheds rain, snow, ice easilyMay not be best suited to areas where high winds and hurricanes occur
Offers more space for an atticPoor construction or inadequate framing can lead to the roof collapsing
Simple and less expensive to build than many other shed roof stylesHigh winds can cause the shingles, felt, or sheet metal to peel away
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Image courtesy of Myoutdoorplans.com

#2 The Gambrel or Barn Style Shed Roof

This is my personal favorite as it adds a lot of overhead storage space

Most of us have seen a number of old-fashioned barns with their tall roofs that have multiple slopes to them. What you may not realize is that this gambrel style of roof was not designed as a fashion statement. It was in fact created to build a roof that could stand up to the snows of deep winter found I many parts of the world. Although the general layout of the rafters might not seem to be that strong, the leveraged design makes them far stronger than they look.

Having two differing slopes allows rain and snow to slide off the roof and onto the ground. At the same time, the steeper sides of the roof give you a lot more usable storage space, especially for taller items. Like the gable style roof, this one is relatively easy to build and can be sheathed in wood and covered with shingles or sheet metal for added protection and durability.

Take a look at this how-to video:

ProsCons
This style of roof offers plenty of extra space for storage without added expenseNot recommended for areas of high wind or those with heavy snowfall
Simple construction with two roof beams and a series of gusset jointsIf not constructed properly tend to be structurally weak
Fewer materials mean lowered construction costsNeed to be waterproofed at the ridges to prevent leaks regularly

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Image courtesy of Myourdoorplans.com

#3 Single Slope Shed Roof

Probably one of the simplest shed roof designs out there

This style of roof is commonly referred to as a lean-to or skillion type of roof. It typically has a single face that is higher on one end than the other. Depending on where your shed is located, the higher end can be fastened to the side of another building such as your house or garage. From the outside, it looks a lot like one-half of the standard gable style roof.

What makes these shed roof plans so popular, is that they are incredibly easy to assemble and when built right, can handle a heavy snow load without collapsing. Thanks to the simplicity of this shed roof design and the size of your garden shed, you should be able to complete this roof in a single day. You can use this style of roof on a shed with 3 or 4 walls based on your needs, making it ideal for feed or firewood storage sheds.

This video goes over skillion style roof building:

ProsCons
Very easy to buildThe ceiling can end up being very low depending on the pitch of the roof
Steeper pitch lets snow and rain run off easilyMay not be best suited for areas where high winds are common
Less expensive to build due to the need for fewer materialsMay not be the most aesthetically pleasing roof
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#4 Steeper Gable Style Roof

More pitch and a stronger design

When you live in an area where it rains or snows a lot, you need a roof with a steeper pitch and a little more slope to help prevent any snow or ice buildup. Not only does this design feature a steeper pitch (of course you can set your own pitch to meet the weather in your local area), but one that is designed in such a way as to be stronger overall.

The extra supports built into the gable ends will help add more load bearing capacity. This one also features 3/4-inch plywood sheathing covered with tar paper and asphalt shingles for added protection from the elements and structural strength. The overhanging eaves will also add a measure of protection for the walls and give you a place to add soffit vents for better ventilation.

Here is a video that shows you an easy way to build your own gable roof rafters:

ProsCons
Sheds rain, snow, ice easilyMay not be best suited to areas where high winds and hurricanes occur
Offers more space for an atticNeeds more support for snow and ice buildup
Simple and less expensive to build than many other shed roof stylesHigh winds can cause the shingles, felt, or sheet metal to peel away
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Image courtesy of Myourdoorplans.com

#5 A Simple Lean-To Roof

Nothing could be easier

Of all the different types of roof, the lean-to is perhaps the easiest to build. In this case, you have nothing more than a few carefully placed rafters that are laid on top of the outer walls. The roof is typically sloped down from the connecting wall if the shed is attached to the side of your house or garage.

However, if you choose to build a freestanding shed and use this style of roof, you should plan the slope of your roof in such a manner as to slope down from the front to the back of the shed. This will help to keep rain flowing away from the door. This design uses 3/4-inch plywood sheathing, tar paper, and asphalt shingles but you could substitute metal sheeting to save money and create a very low-maintenance roof.

Lean-to roof basics video:

ProsCons
Sheds rain, snow, ice easilyShould only be used on smaller sheds
Easy to buildPoor construction or inadequate framing can lead to the roof collapsing
Less expensive to build than many other shed roof stylesHigh winds can cause the shingles, felt, or sheet metal to peel away
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#6 Stick Framed Gable Roof

Simple yet effective roof design

Once you have made the decision to use a gable style roof on your shed, you have one more decision to make. This is whether to build your own roof trusses, by pre-made trusses or to simply stick-frame in your roof. The typical stick frame roof will be made from 2x4's or 2x6's and has a ridge board that runs down the middle of the roof.

This type of gable roof tends to be a lot more challenging to build and may not be the best choice if your carpentry experience is minimal. However, this being said, this type of roof typically offers an overhang on the sides by virtue of the way it is constructed that lets you add in soffit ventilation.

Watch this guy build a stick built shed roof:

ProsCons
Sheds rain, snow, ice easilyMay not be best suited to areas where high winds and hurricanes occur
Offers more space for an atticNeed to have solid basic carpentry skills to ensure all lumber is cut accurately for best results
Less expensive to build than many other shed roof stylesHigh winds can cause the shingles, felt, or sheet metal to peel away
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#7 Hip Style Shed Roof

Create a roof with four slopes instead of two

While many homes and sheds feature roofs with two slopes, those that have a total of four slopes (hip style roofs) can not only be more aesthetically pleasing but also offer better snow and rain shedding ability. While this might not seem important in areas that don't get a lot of rain or snow, when you live in an area where you get heavy winter snows, you are sure to appreciate the fact your shed's roof survives each winter intact.

You can build this style of roof using premade trusses, but as long as you are comfortable with your carpentry skills, there is no reason why you should not be able to build this simple roof. This set of plans comes with its own detailed how to video that will make building it much easier for you.

ProsCons
Excellent for areas of high wind and snowMore expensive than a gable roof to build
Offer space for an atticRequires more building materials than a gable roof
More stable than a gable roofAdded seams may result in more leaks
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#8 The Saltbox Style Roof

A different take on the pitched roof

The saltbox style roof depicted in these plans offers a slightly different take on the standard gable roof design. As you can see, this design features one slope that is taller and has a steeper pitch than the other. The design does feature a gable at each end that can be used to add in ventilation in the form of vents or powered vents based on your particular needs.

The design comes from Colonial times when people needed to add more room to their homes without having to add another complete level at a high cost. It is a great choice for bigger sheds or even for a garage as it offers you the opportunity to add a lot more storage space at minimal cost.

Follow Jack as he builds a hip-style roof in this video:

ProsCons
The dual slopes let water run off easily, perfect for areas with heavy rainsThe design itself if rather tricky
More durable than the standard gable roofIf you build a loft It will have sloping walls
Can be built to handle moderate to heavy snow loadsMay be expensive due to the number of trusses and supports needed
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#9 The Pyramid Style Shed Roof

Looks like it came straight out of Egypt

This style of roof looks more like something you might expect to see poking out of the desert sands of Egypt, as it has four slopes that meet in the center. Each of the four sides has a single slope that starts with a point at the top. This roof has no gables or side walls and is an excellent choice for smaller sheds and pump houses.

The overhanging eaves offer extra protection and a chance to add in soffit vents to help keep your shed cooler in the summer months. However, like the stick-built gable roof, this one can be more challenging to build as you will not be able to use any type of pre-built roof truss. Given the height of your finished roof, you should check with your local authorities to make sure it is not too high to meet code.

Check out this cool Jack Rafters video:

ProsCons
Good choice for use in areas with high windsRequires more building experience
Extra space adds more storageHigher costs due to complex design
High slopes are good for areas with heavy rain and snowfallTop may be too high for certain building code restrictions
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#10 Octagon Style Roof

When you want something a little different

No one ever said your garden shed had to be square or rectangular in shape. If you are looking for something a little different, why not build an octagon shaped shed. You might be surprised at how much extra space this shape can provide. It is also a great way to make use of a corner spot out in your garden. However, as you can imagine an octagon shed needs an octagon shaped roof.

This design goes together in a similar fashion to the pyramid shaped roof, but instead of four slopes, you will end up with eight. It may be one of the most complex roofs to build and should only be attempted if you have advanced woodworking skills because there are a number of critical angles that have to be measured and cut to achieve the right shape and structure. This being said, once completed, you will have a very strong roof that can take a lot of snow weight.

ProsCons
Great for areas with high windsRequires more building experience
Nice change from standard roofsHigher costs due to complex design
High slopes are good for areas with heavy rain and snowfallTop may be too high for certain building code restrictions

When the Final Shingle Is Laid

Choosing the right shed roof plans for your shed can be challenging as there is so much to consider. First and foremost, you need to consider your carpentry skills. As you can see some of these designs require advanced skills to construct. Other considerations include your local building codes and the type of weather including rain, snow, and wind you have to deal with where you live.

In the end, I settled for a standard stick-built gable roof as it met my needs and my carpentry skills. The last thing I wanted to have to do was hire a contractor to finish the job because my skills were not as good as my imagination.

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How To Do Shed Roof Framing Yourself

How To Do Shed Roof Framing Yourself

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Learn how to build your own shed roof frame...

Anyone who has ever stood and watched professional carpenters frame in a house or roof has probably stood in awe of the “amazing” skills it takes to put all the pieces in place perfectly.

The reality is that shed roof framing is nowhere near as complicated as you might think. If you are like me, you probably have a reasonably good idea of how to build most of your shed. That is except for the crowning glory, the shed roof.

In truth framing in the foundation and the walls, adding doors and windows, these are all relatively straightforward, simple tasks. 

  • For many people, the idea of having to do the shed roof framing is a little bit on the scary side.
  • What gables, gambrel style roofs, how do you calculate the angle for the trusses, and what about the rafters?
  • Should you build a “stick frame” roof, make your own trusses, or buy them ready built?
  • What type of roof is going to provide the necessary strength?
  • How do stick built and truss style roofs differ?

The most important thing to remember is that if you can frame in the foundation and the walls of your shed, there is no reason why you can't also handle the shed roof framing.

To be sure using pre-built trusses is the easiest way to go, but with a little practice, you can create a jig that can be placed on the floor of your garage or your back deck that can be used to build a set of trusses for your shed that will be perfect.

It All Starts with the Right Tools and Equipment

No matter whether you are talking on baking a cake, changing the oil in your car, or shed roof framing, it all starts with having the right tools and equipment for the job. 

tools

In most cases, simple hand tools are good for most of the work, but there are going to be a few power tools that will either be necessary or will make the job much easier and go more quickly.

Let's take a look at the tools you are going to need:

Safety Equipment

  • Safety goggles or glasses for each person working on the project
  • Leather gloves to protect your hands
  • Ear plugs for use with power tools
  • Knee pads

Tools You MUST Have

There are just some tools you can't build anything without. This list is only to get you off to a good start, I am sure there are a few I haven't listed or you have your own favorites to add to the list.

The most important thing to remember is to use the tools you are most comfortable with as this will make the project go much more quickly.

  • Tape Measure
  • Clawhammer
  • 4 or 6-foot level
  • Circular saw
  • Power drill
  • Sawhorses (at least 2)
  • Nail set (punch)
  • Speed Square
  • Extension ladder
  • Step ladder
  • Heavy duty shears or scissors

Tools it Would be Nice to Have

While hand tools are all well and good, they are not the most efficient way to get the job done. It can take hours to hammer in all the nails needed to take care of all the foundation, wall, and shed roof framing, not to mention the number of blisters you are likely to end up with if you try.

You can pick up a small pancake compressor for under a hundred bucks from Amazon or your local discount home improvement store. Framing and roofing nail guns can be found for around the same price. 

If you are going to use pneumatic nail guns, be sure to read all of the safety warnings and instructions before using them. You should never use a pneumatic tool without the proper safety equipment (goggles or safety glasses) and take a little time to learn how it works on scrap wood before you try to take on your shed roof framing.

  • Air compressor
  • Air powered framing nail gun
  • Air powered roofing nail gun
  • Air powered staple gun
  • Electric miter saw

Materials You Will Need

While this might seem obvious, there are certain materials needed to build any kind of shed roof framing. For the most part, your shed plans should come with a list of the materials needed for each part of the shed from the foundation to the roof.

One of the most important things to consider when buying your lumber is to take a little extra time and check each piece for straightness, excessive knots, holes, chips out of the edges, and cracks that can and will have a detrimental effect on your finished roof.

Here is a short list of common materials you might use in building your roof:

  • 2 x 4
  • 2 x 6
  • Plywood or chipboard sheathing
  • Roofing felt
  • Shingles or metal roofing
  • Drip edging
  • Ridge or gable vents
  • Truss plates (used to connect the individual truss pieces together)
  • Hurricane tie-downs (metal plates designed to solidly connect the trussed to the walls)

Different Types of Roof

Beyond the standard flat roof or single sloped roof, the most common styles of shed roof are gable, gambrel, skillion, and salt box.

Each of these styles has their advantage both in design and construction. All of them make a good choice for your garden shed.

The Gable Style Roof

A gable style roof is considered to be the easiest type of shed roof framing to work with.

Essentially you will be building a series of triangular shaped trusses based on the pitch of your roof. You will need to build a number of trusses based on the length of your roof.

This roof style is similar to those seen on the average house with a single peak in the center and one slope on either side

The Gambrel Style Roof

The gambrel style roof is a lot like the old “barn” style roof. It has two slopes on each side of the peak.

The main idea behind this type of roof is that it provides you with a huge amount of storage space, especially when the walls are six feet tall.

It is one of my favorite roof styles and is also perfect for adding a cupola to for added ventilation and appearance.

The Saltbox Style Roof

The saltbox style roof is also a dual slope roof like the standard gable roof in that it only has two slopes. The big difference is that the front slope is shorter than the rear slope. It adds a lot of style and charm to your garden shed.

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The Skillion Style Roof

This is a single slope roof with a peak at either the front or rear of the shed. It is simple to construct and considered to be quite strong.

These are typically the easiest types of roof to build and take the least amount of materials and time. Watch a skillion roof being built here.

All of these common roof styles require some form of truss to be built in order to support the covering and any load such as snow weight.

The one good thing is that once you have decided on the roof pitch all you have to do is built the first truss and use it to create a jig you can use to build the rest of the trusses so that they all match.

The Basic Step-by-Step Construction Process

If you have never built a shed before, let alone worked with any type of shed roof framing, you might be surprised at just how easy it really is.

The first step is to determine the desired pitch of your shed roof. As complicated as this might seem and as many places that will try to tell you that you need to fully understand complex geometry, the reality is much simpler.

Roof Pitch

Roof pitch is the angle of slope of your roof based on the amount of rise versus the distance from the edge of the roof to the center.

Your roof must have a minimum pitch of at least 3-12. What this means is that for every 12 inches of horizontal run your roof needs to rise at least 3 inches.

You can use a roof pitch calculator to determine your pitch and make the necessary adjustments to your design.

Bear in mind the steeper the pitch the more likely your shed roof will be able to shed rain and snow.

Build the Trusses

Now that you have the roof pitch calculated, it's time to measure the lumber and build your first truss.

This is where you need to understand basic trigonometry in that in an equilateral triangle there are 3 sides, let's call them a, b, and c. Basic Pythagorean theory states that the length of a² + b² = c². Thus, if side a is 3 feet and side b is 4 feet then the length of c should be 5 feet.

You can substitute any numbers into this equation and figure out the length of side c which is the longest run.

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Once you have created the basic truss pattern, you can cut and lay out the first truss, which you will use as a pattern to build the rest.

There are two ways to connect the pieces together, the first is to overlap the boards and either screw or nail them together. The other is to use metal plates available at most hardware stores and home improvement stores to join them in a single flat truss.

Both methods will get the job done, however, the metal plate butt joint method tends to be stronger and is better suited to areas with a lot of snow or high winds.

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This cool video will show you how to build gable style shed roof framing.

How the Weight is Supported

The way in which the weight of the roof itself and any rain or snow load is supported varies based on the design of your roof and trusses.

In a skillion style roof, the lumber provides most of the support with the use of spacers placed between the long run of roof beam and the rafters. These roofs are relatively strong and inexpensive to build.

In a standard two slope roof, the weight can be distributed in a couple of ways. For the most part the weight is supported by the triangular shape, however, one the ends there are supports running from the beams or rafters up to the top angled board of the truss.

The same can be said of the gambrel style roof. But the skillion style used supports like this across the entire structure, making it exceptionally strong.

Understanding Snow Load

According to roofing experts, snow load is the amount of additional force or weight of the snow and ice that is pressing down on the roof. There are several factors that must be taken into consideration when trying to calculate snow load, including:

  • Density
  • Accumulation
  • Variations in temperature
  • Mixed moisture

Bear in mind that a single inch of snow can weigh from 1/4 lb. to 3/4 lbs. per square foot. A single inch of ice comes in at just under 5 pounds per square foot, this is approximately 5 times the average weight of the same amount of snow.

Doing the calculations can be extremely confusing unless you are an expert in the field. The person doing the calculation has several factors to consider:

  • Recent ground snow information provided by the National Weather Service
  • The shape of the building including the roof and any obstructions on the roof
  • How much wind the roof is exposed to
  • The application of the building and how many occupants it has
  • The thermal values of the building

You should use a snow load calculator to help you get in the ballpark and ensure your shed roof framing is going to be strong enough to take on your worst winter weather.

Installing the Trusses

All roof trusses must be properly installed, but don't worry this is not as difficult as it seems. In this video, we see standard gable roof trusses being installed.

The most important thing to remember is that all trusses must be installed perfectly vertical for them to be effective.

Installing the Sheathing

Once the trusses are built and in place, the next step is to install the sheathing.

This is done by installing a number of sheets of either plywood or particle board over the top of the trusses. Not only does this give you somewhere to attach the roofing felt and shingles, it also adds to the structural integrity of your shed roof.

Follow the steps in this video to learn more about installing the sheathing.

Finally, the Shingles

Now you are ready to finish your shed roof using standard asphalt roofing shingles.  The shingles will keep rain and snow at bay, help to reflect the sun's UV rays, and put the finishing touch on your garden shed.

In this video, we see how to install the roof felt, the drip edge, and the shingles to create a complete roof that will last you for many years.

To Top It Off

I hope you have enjoyed this brief tutorial on shed roof framing and that you have learned something from it.

The most important things to remember are that you need to follow your shed plans to the letter, everything needs to be square, use plenty of nails or screws, and most of all be confident in your ability to get the job done.

You don't have to be an expert carpenter to build roof trusses or install a solid functional roof for your shed, just have the patience to take your time and get the job done.

I have tried to give you the information I found useful during the construction of my garden shed, much of which I wish I had had when I started to build my shed. Some of which I learned by trial and error.

The good news is that in the end this information along with the videos can help you build a garden shed that can stand up to years of rain and snow and will serve you well.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and it has helped you learn how to build the best possible shed roof framing for your shed.

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What you need to know in choosing your 10x8 plastic shed...

THERE ARE SO many things to think about when you start shopping for a 10 x 8 plastic shed.

It can be hard to know which one of the many on the market is right for your needs, backyard, and budget.

Although there are many different sizes of shed on the market, a 10 x 8 shed is ideal for anyone with a smaller backyard that needs a place to store a fair amount of garden tools, toys, bikes, and miscellaneous junk.

If you are in a hurry, here is our 10 x 8 plastic shed winner. You can compare it for yourself here

Points to Ponder as Your Search Gets Underway

As you begin your search for a garden shed, one of your first thoughts probably turned to the dimensions of your new shed.

There are a couple of things you need to consider when trying to decide the final size, starting with how much room you have to spare in your backyard.

If you live out in the country, this is probably not an issue, but for the rest of us, size truly does matter.

Why a 10 x 8 Plastic Shed?

When you stop to think about an area that measures 10 feet deep and 8 feet wide, it might not seem like much space. But when you also factor in the sidewalls of most sheds this size are in the neighborhood of 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 feet tall with an even higher peak, the amount of space opens up significantly.

Still not sure this is big enough? Take a roll of masking tape and mark out 10 feet by 8 feet on your floor.

Now you can see how much space your 10 x 8 plastic shed is going to occupy in your backyard and approximately how much space it will have on the inside.  The next thing to do is ask yourself exactly what you are planning to store in your shed.

Do you need storage shelves? What about a floor that can handle a certain amount of weight?

During your search, each listing should cover the inner and outer dimensions, what type of floor, if any, the shed has, and what type of material was used to construct the shed.

The Many Benefits of Plastic Sheds

Over the years, plastic sheds have been given a pretty bad rap. In the beginning, the plastics used to create garden sheds was not ideally suited to the use.

They did not hold up well to the heat of the summer sun or the cold bite of winter. Many faded, ended up with warped roofs and sides, cracked and leaked, or simply fell apart.

Thankfully, this is no longer the case as most manufacturers use their own unique blends of polyethylene and resin to create new plastics that can withstand the hottest scorching sun and the coldest bite of Old Man Winter.

Along with this, these new plastics also offer the following benefits among many:

  1. Plastic sheds tend to be more affordable than either wooden or metal sheds and can be ordered online or purchased locally for direct delivery to your home.
  2. Plastic sheds require virtually nothing in the way of maintenance other than the occasional wash down with a hose. Both wood and metal sheds require a significant amount of annual maintenance to keep them looking good and protected from the environment, rot, and pests.
  3. Plastic sheds tend to range from relatively to extremely easy to assemble.
  4. Plastic sheds are lightweight and easy to move if it should become necessary.
  5. Many plastic sheds do not require any particular form of pad or foundation.

What to Look for in a 10 x 8 Plastic Shed

Ok, so to start with, once you have decided that a 10 x 8 plastic shed is just right for your needs, it is important that you understand not all plastic sheds listed as being 10 x 8 in size are actually this size. Some are slightly larger, some smaller, and only a few are actually this size on the inside.

However, an in the overall scheme of things an inch or two may not make that much of a difference, instead you may need to consider whether a shed that is 10 feet long or one that is 10 feet wide is a better fit for your yard. 

Next up, how many doors do you need, will a single door be wide enough to fit everything you plan to store in your shed or would double doors be a better choice? If all you are storing is your garden tools, then a single door is probably enough, but if you are planning to store a lawn mower or your family's bikes, double doors make a better choice.

 

Does the shed you have been considering come with a built-in floor? Having a built-in floor gives you far more options with regard to what kind of foundation or pad will be needed. Many of them now feature heavy duty floors designed to be placed directly onto a flat section of ground, others may require pavers or a concrete slab.

Single wall or double wall construction? Single wall sheds are less expensive and may prove to be flimsy unless they have a steel frame. Double wall sheds offer far more structural integrity and may come with built-in shelf brackets so that you can add extra storage. While most double wall sheds have steel reinforced roofs, few have steel reinforced walls, but they are typically strong enough to withstand significant snow weight.

 

Speaking of walls and doors, have you given much thought to security? Can the doors be locked securely to protect your stuff? Is there a window and if there is, can it be secured? A window can provide you with extra light on the inside, but at the same time, it offers yet another port of entry for a dedicated thief.

 

How much construction experience do you have? When it comes to 10 x 8 plastic sheds or for that matter any other size, there are two basic construction style choices.

The first and easiest method of assembly is the snap together shed. These sheds go together using almost no tools beyond a mallet to help snap the pieces together and can be built in a couple of hours or so. The only real problem with this type of plastic shed is that they tend to come apart in strong winds as the final assembly on many is not very secure.

The other style of plastic shed is the type that bolts together. Here again, we see a split in that some use steel nuts and bolts, while others use plastic hardware. While the plastic hardware will never suffer from any type of corrosion, it lacks the strength of steel.

Steel hardware, on the other hand, is much stronger, but you do run the risk of it corroding unless you paint it. Both offer a much stronger completed construction with steel hardware coming out the clear winner.

5 of the Best 10 x 8 Plastic Sheds Available

By now you have probably already noticed that there are dozens of 10 x 8 plastic sheds for you to consider. This is not surprising as this is one of the most popular sizes out there, in fact, I have one at the back of my garden just for my garden tools.

So to save you a bunch of time and help you narrow down your search, I have created a list containing four of the best plastic sheds in this size just for you.

Lifetime 6405 Outdoor Storage Shed

Double Doors, A Window, Skylights, and Shelving

 

So you are looking for a good structurally sound 10 x 8 plastic shed, one that can handle just about anything you can throw at it. This shed from Lifetime seems to fit that bill almost perfectly.

It offers an apex style roof with no less than 4 skylights for plenty of natural light, steel reinforced double doors with an internal latch that are lockable, a single shatterproof window, and a pair of screened vents.

On top of this, there are 6 feet 8 inches of headroom. The walls are made from steel reinforced double walled polyethylene for added strength, weather resistance, and load bearing. It is one of the top plastic sheds on the market.

Pros Cons
Steel reinforced construction throughout for added strength, great for high snow load areas Some buyers experienced water leakage at the roof seams
Comes with two shelves and pegboard for added storage convenience The doors tend to warp under long-term exposure to the sun's UV rays
Weather resistant seams help keep everything inside nice and dry Comes in two boxes weighing over 200 lbs. each

Suncast BMS8000 Alpine Shed

True Alpine Shed Style

One of the first things most people notice about this Suncast plastic shed is that it features double wall construction with walls that are a full 1-1/2-inches thick. At 7 1/2 x 10, there is enough room inside for a small garden tractor or a riding lawn mower.

Even better than this, is that the floor has been reinforced in all the right places to hold the weight of your tractor. It features reinforced double doors and no less than 14, yes that's right 14 windows.

There are also a pair of vents in the gables to keep fresh air circulating and help keep your shed from getting too hot in the summer months.

Pros Cons
Plenty of windows for natural light Windows and seals can be challenging to put together
One of the strongest reinforced plastic floors Comes in boxes weighing over 200 lbs. each
Outstanding customer service Assembly manual not very easy to follow in places

Keter Stronghold Resin Storage Shed

Plenty of Storage Space and Room for your Lawn Mower

 

There are times when a 10 x 8 plastic shed just isn't going to have enough room for everything you need to store. At 10 x 8 this heavy duty shed offers plenty of space.

This shed features a high-pitched roof that not only helps keep the snow at bay but also adds plenty of extra headroom. Open the wide double doors and inside you will find a heavy-duty plastic resin floor that can support your lawn tractor and much more.

There is also a built-in full-length skylight that gives you plenty of natural light.  The two-tone brown color resin is super strong and will fit in practically anywhere.

Pros Cons
High-pitched roof for added interior height The roof can be challenging to slide in place
Heavy duty plastic floor Doors and locking mechanism somewhat flimsy
Extra wide double doors Some pieces may need to be trimmed to get them to fit

Suncast Tremont Storage Shed

Steel Reinforced Double Wall with Multiple Shelf Locations

 

By now you probably know just how hard it can be to find just the right amount of storage space. The Tremont from Suncast offers a full 574 cubic feet of space complete with a pair of corner storage shelves with no less than eight different positions for them.

The double doors have windows for added interior light and open to 60 inches wide and 72 inches tall. The Tremont also features six skylights and steel reinforced double wall resin construction. The Tremont also comes with a resin floor.

Pros Cons
Shed assembly goes very quickly Must be placed on a level base
Very sturdy once assembled The roof can be hard to assemble
Lots of interior space Several units shipped missing parts or hardware

Lifetime 60001 Outdoor Storage Shed

Steel Reinforced Plastic Construction

Lifetime seems to have mastered the concept of using steel framing and trusses to ensure their plastic sheds can hold up to just about anything Mother Nature can throw at them. This shed offers a pair of 6-foot-high by 4-foot-wide double doors on one end, one large window, and a pair of large skylights.

Inside you will find 4 corner shelves and a pair of peg strips complete with a selection of hanging hardware. The frame and trusses are powder-coated steel and the entire shed is assembled using heavy-duty steel hardware for added strength.

The left door features upper and lower stops, while the right door has an internal latch that keeps both doors closed. The doors have a built-in hasp for a padlock.

Pros Cons
Powder-coated steel frame and trusses for extra strength and durability Comes in 2 boxes with a total weight of over 500 lbs.
Easy to follow instructions with detailed images Takes quite a while to assemble
Bolt together construction holds up better than snap together sheds Shed flexes with changes in temperature making doors hard to open or close

Another Storage Option for You to Consider

While a 10 x 8 plastic shed or one close to it will work well for most, not everyone wants an all plastic or resin shed for a variety of reasons. This next shed is made from vinyl coated galvanized steel that gives you the best of both worlds.

Duramax 00284 Woodbridge Shed with Foundation

Strong Metal Structure Tested for 20Lbs/Sq.Ft. Snow Load

No rust, no rot, and nothing to worry about with this great shed from Duramax. Under the plastic roof, you will find steel-reinforced plastic walls designed to hold up under just about any conditions.

When you anchor this shed to the ground or a foundation, it can easily withstand winds of up to 115 miles per hour. Features a single pair of wide doors that are tall enough for the average person to easily walk through.

One of the things many people like about this shed is the way the outside looks like standard house siding. The roof ridge features a skylight for plenty of natural light on the inside.

Pros Cons
Steel rods in walls for added durability Assembly instructions hard to follow
An available option lets you add another 2.5 feet to the length of the shed You should caulk the roof panels to prevent leaking
Once assembled the structure is very stable The steel frames have sharp edges that can cut your hands

Arrow Shed Vinyl Coated Sheridan Steel Storage

Vinyl Protected Galvanized Steel for Ultimate and Protection

 

If you are like me and live in an area with tons of snow each winter, you need a garden shed that is going to hold up to the weather. This storage shed from Arrow Shed is built from vinyl coated galvanized steel.

The steel adds plenty of structural strength, while the heavy-duty vinyl coating keeps the steel protected from snow and rain. At 7 feet, the interior peak of the roof gives you plenty of headroom. All parts are predrilled for ease of assembly.

Pros Cons
Vinyl clad steel is very strong Due to design, construction is labor intensive
Parts pre-drilled for easy assembly Metal used in construction is very thin
Strong assembly once completed You must buy or build a base for this shed

The Roundup

Each of the above sheds has a lot to offer, most are relatively easy to assemble and seem to be made to last. As you might expect, there are pros and cons to each of them.

For my money, the Suncast BMS8000 Alpine is the winner as it offers a super heavy duty floor designed to handle the weight of your lawn tractor and no less than 14 windows.

When it comes to choosing, the right shed for your needs, consider size, cost, suitability, and of course the materials used in its construction. In all areas, the Alpine Shed comes out the clear winner.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and it has helped you find the perfect 10 x 8 or bigger plastic shed for your garden or back yard.

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Everything You Need To Know About Working Out Your Shed Roof Pitch

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What you need to know before you start putting together your shed roof

So,by now you may or may not have figured out that framing in a wood shed is not as hard as you though it was. At least with regard to the floor and walls, but if you are like me, the idea of putting the roof together is more than just a little scary.

While a flat roof is relatively easy, when it comes to a sloped roof, you must understand what shed roof pitch is and how to calculate it before getting started or your efforts could end in disaster.

Follow along as we go through everything you need to know about shed roof pitch and your roof is sure to turn out just fine in the end. Don't worry, if I can build a shed roof, anyone can!

Shed Roof Pitch Info ( Just Before You Start ... )

Let's get started by stating the obvious, shed roof pitch is the amount of slope your shed roof has. It is measured by the amount of rise in the roof compared to the run of the roof.  Here is a simple diagram that explains this term:

 

Shed Roof Pitch - Rise over Run

How important is having the right shed roof pitch? This depends in part on where you live, in part on what the weather in your area does, and in part what your personal tastes and building skills happen to be.

Bear in mind there is significantly more work involved in building a pitched roof than in building a flat one.

The weather plays a very large part in the amount of pitch your shed roof is likely to need. Areas where it tends to rain or snow may need a much steeper pitch than in areas with little to no rain or snow.

You should also take into consideration that flat roofs hold up much better in strong winds than those with a steep pitch. One quick way to see what type of shed roof pitch might be best for where you live is to look at your home, your neighbors' homes, and sheds in your local area.

Planning Your Shed Roof - Easy Does It!

In this section, we are going to take a good look at the basics of shed roof pitch, which is one of the most important aspects of building the roof for your shed.

We are also going to go over several other vital pieces of information that will prove to be invaluable in designed and building your shed roof.

What Type of Roof Do You Want to Build?

Long before you start to worry about your shed roof pitch, you must decide on what type of shed roof you are going to cap all of your hard work with. 

Obviously, if you are going to install a flat roof on your shed, you won't have to worry about any amount of shed roof pitch as a flat roof has a pitch or 0/0, in other words, it rises zero inches for every zero inches of run.

Beyond this there are several different styles worth considering, including:

  • Barn or Gambrel style roof
  • Gable style roof
  • Hip style roof
  • Pyramid style roof
  • Salt Box style roof
  • Standard pitched roof

Each of these styles of shed roof has one or more slopes to them. This means that you must be ready to calculate both the shed roof pitch and any snow load in your area if you are going to build any of these roofs.

However, you should also figure in your own construction abilities as you look the different types of roof. Take a more detailed look at the different types of shed roofs here.

Does Your Permit/Local County or Jurisdiction Require a Particular Pitch?

Remember when you had to go to your local authority to see if you needed a building permit to build your shed in the first place? Did you stop to see if they had any rules or regulations in place regarding shed roof pitch?

 While not all local authorities have requirements regarding roof pitch, the last thing you want is to stand proudly back looking at your finished shed, only to have a building inspector tap you on the shoulder and say, “I am sorry, but your shed roof pitch is not within the standards established, or “Where is your permit?You don't have one?You're shed roof has to be taken down.”

The best thing is to have the right answers before you get started. Click hereto find out if your local county or city has shed roof pitch requirements.

It is far better to know in advance what you are facing than to build first and then find out you were in error.

What are Low Pitched Roofs?

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Low pitched roofs are described as those with a pitch of 3/12 or less. Having such a low pitch makes walking on your roof much easier and safer.

Low pitched roofs typically cost less to build and require much less in the way of maintenance.

What are Mid Pitched Roofs?

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A medium pitched roof is one that has a pitch of between 3/12 and 7/12. This range makes up the bulk of new roofs being built on homes and outbuildings in the U.S.

Personally unless you live in an area of extreme snow load, I would recommend you incorporate a shed roof pitch of between 4/12 and 6/12 for optimum results.

What are Steep Pitched Roofs?

Steep pitched roofs are those with a pitch of greater than 7/12. These roofs require you to have special equipment to walk on them safely. Because these roofs shed snow/ice and rain more easily, they tend to last longer than low pitch roofs.

Calculate Snow Loads

Does it snow where you live? How much? In all reality, if you live anywhere that enjoys snowy winters, you must calcite the snow load your roof will be able to handle before you cut the first board. The snow load on a roof is measured in pounds per square inch, this method uses the ground snow load as its basis.

Whenever you are building any type of commercial, residential, or storage structure in an area that receives snow in the winter, you must consider snow load when choosing the materials you plan to use for your roof and the shed roof pitch needed.

While there is a set of exceptionally complex mathematical formulae you can use to determine the snow load in your area, this involves a lot of research and hard work.

For those of you who are like me, a little on the mathematically lazy side, I recommend you use an online snow load calculator. You will need to obtain certain information such as your local “ground snow load”, you can wait for winter and measure it, or better yet look it up in your local or state building codes.

Be sure to follow the instructions very carefully with any online snow load calculator you plan to use.

One thing to keep in mind is that one foot of fresh snow can weigh anywhere from 3 pounds per square foot all the way up to 21 pounds per square inch, depending on whether you are dealing with light fluffy snow or heavy wet snow.

At the same time, you should also be aware that a single inch of ice weighs in at slightly under 5 pounds, a square foot of inch of ice this thick weighs about 57 pounds.

Here is some detailed snow load information put out by FEMA for you to browse when you have a spare hour or two.

Ventilation

No one could blame you for thinking that keeping the roof of your shed sealed up tight would be better during the winter months. There are a couple of very important reasons why this thought is completely opposite to the truth. Keep in mind that if your roof is not vented, the surface is going to stay warmer than the outside air.

If your shed roof's surface is warm, when you get a healthy covering of snow, the space between the surface of the roof and the snow stays above freezing. This lets the snow that is actually in contact with the roof melt, reducing your risk of ice dams building up.

 If your roof is not vented and is heavily insulated, the surface will not stay as warm. As snow hits the roof, some of it might melt, most of it won't. That part that does melt will quickly freeze forming ice dams that trap snow on the roof, rapidly increasing the amount of snow load your shed roof must bear.

How to Measure/Determine Shed Roof Pitch

In the simplest possible terms, shed roof pitch is defined as the amount of rise per foot of run.  It is expressed as X/Y, where X = rise and Y = run, for example, 4/12 or 5/12, and so on.

Worth noting is that the higher the first number in the equation is, the steeper the pitch of your shed roof will be. So a roof with a 5/12 pitch is steeper than one with a 4/12 pitch.

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This simple diagram will help give you a better idea of how shed roof pitch or for that matter, any other type of roof pitch works.

A couple of points worth noting are that the steeper you make the roof, the more it will cost to build due to an increase in the amount of materials needs, but the steeper the roof is, the longer the roofing materials are likely to last.

Shed Roof Pitch Calculators

The best way to calculate the pitch of your new shed roof is to use an online pitch calculator such as this one here or this one. The only thing you need to know to use these pitch calculator is at least two of the following, run, rise, or angle. Once you enter the appropriate information, the calculator does all of the work.

The calculators will give you whatever piece of information you are missing, you can then use the results to help you determine the best shed roof pitch and ensure you have enough materials to build your roof.

In Conclusion

My guess is that you probably never realized that there would be so much to determining how steep your shed roof should be. In reality, having the right shed roof pitch is vital not only to the structural integrity of your shed, but also its ability to withstand high winds, heavy rains, and heavy snow loads.

One last reminder to check your local codes before getting started or you may find all of your hard work turns out to be for naught when your local inspector tells you to tear it all down.

I hope the information I have pulled together here for you has helped you to gain a better understanding of shed roof pitch, how to calculate it, and why having the right pitch is so important to your shed.

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GOT A SMALL to medium size yard?

Looking to store a push lawnmower and garden equipment?

Don’t want any maintenance and an easy shed assembly?

If so then a 6 x 4 is the perfect companion for your yard tools

They are small enough to fit neatly in the corner of your yard, but large enough to hold the necessities. With a large selection to choose from, how do you know which one is best for you?

6 x 4 Plastic Shed Buying Guide - What To Look For

Here is a quick and simple guide to help you find the solution that fits your needs the best

Size of door

- Is it big enough to let your push mower in easily and other larger items? (i.e. ladder)

Shelving

- Does it come standard or do you need to buy some separately

Height

- Is the shed tall enough for brooms, rakes and other long handled garden implements?

Ventilation

- If you plan on storing gas powered push mower, weed wacker and some spare gas, oil and/or paint ventilation is important

Floor

- Is the floor/base included or is it an added extra?

The 5 Most Popular 6 x 4 Plastic Sheds

Now you have a good idea of what you should be looking for when shopping for a 6 x 4 plastic shed, here are five of the most popular models available for your consideration.

1. Keter Factor Large 4 x 6 ft. Garden Storage Shed

Inexpensive Yet Functional Storage

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Keter is one of the better-known brands of resin sheds and offers a pretty wide range of sizes. They are also one of the more affordable brands and in general give you more than you are paying for in terms of quality.

Being a 4 x 6 shed, you aren't going to have room for a riding lawn mower, but then this shed is not really made for that anyway. However, there is plenty of room for your garden tools, kids' toys, and extra junk you don't want to clutter the garage up with.

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This shed is the perfect size for small spaces in your backyard. Surprisingly though, is that despite its small footprint, there is plenty of usable room inside

The roof lacks the support needed for heavy loads of wet leaves or snow and will bow if you do not take the time to keep it swept off

The instruction manual is well thought out and detailed making it possible to assemble the shed in around 3 hours or less

The roof design makes for a poor fit that needs to be caulked or it might leak

The resin material used is of very high quality and seems to be very durable

Walls and roof are made of honeycomb plastic that some might find a bit flimsy

2. Suncast BMS6310D 6-Feet by 3-Feet Shed

Tiny but Still Highly Useful

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SUNCAST BMS6310D 6-Feet by 3-Feet Shed

Suncast is another very popular brand of plastic shed, this one is a bit smaller than most at only 6 x 3. However, if all you need is somewhere to store your garden tools, you probably don't need much more space than this anyway.

The one thing that truly sets this plastic shed apart is that it is 6 feet wide by 3 feet deep, which is a bit uncommon in this size range. The double doors offer plenty of room to get in and out while the reinforced floor lets you store heavier items inside.

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Double wall resin panels for added strength make this shed a good choice for windy regions and add extra security

The slightly smaller size seriously limits the types of things you can store inside. Despite the double doors, you still can't park a riding lawn mower inside.

Steel reinforced roof panels make this shed a better choice if you have low overhanging trees or experience a lot of snow in the winter

The snap together assembly may not offer enough strength if you live in an area with high winds

The narrow depth lets you put this shed in cramped locations or up against a wall of your house without it getting in the way

Instructions do not say you have to install the roof supports first. If you try to add them later, you will find yourself taking the roof back off

3. Keter Manor Large 4 x 6 ft. Garden Storage Shed

Room for your Mower and More

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KETER Manor Large 4 x 6 ft. Resin Outdoor Backyard Garden Storage Shed

At a full 4 x 6, the Manor offers plenty of room for your lawnmower, garden tools, and more. Made of Keter's own brand of plastic resin, this shed will never rot, rust, dent, or peel.

It also won't succumb to the effect of heat or cold and offers you a total of 113.2 cubic feet of usable storage space. What a great way to get rid of the clutter in your garage and open up space so you can park your car in it instead.

The Manor is perfect for all of your storage needs.

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Gable ventilation lets out the fumes and smells from things like your lawn mower or weed trimmer

Despite its size, the Manor only has a single door that is not big enough for a riding lawn mower

Has a single fixed window that lets in natural light so you don't have to install any kind of lighting

There are no pre-drilled holes in the panels, you have to drill them yourself as you assemble the shed

Superior quality and heavy duty resin materials make the Manor a very good deal for your money

The corrugated resin parts seem to be flimsy but only until your shed is fully assembled

4. Rubbermaid Plastic Large Outdoor Storage Shed

Great for Storing Larger Items

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RUBBERMAID Large Outdoor Storage Shed,159 cu. ft., Sandalwood with Onyx Roof 

If you are in the market for a plastic shed for your backyard, this slightly oversized shed from Rubbermaid is just what you need. The inside dimensions are 52" wide by 72" deep by 72" high, making it one of the biggest in the 4 x 6 class.

Unlike the Keter Manor, this one offers true double-wall construction and a heavy-duty impact resistant floor that can handle the weight of your riding lawn mower and more.

A great choice for those who need a lot of storage space in a shed that won't rust, rot, or fall prey to the kids kicking soccer balls against it.

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The use of heavy duty impact resistant plastic makes this one of the strongest and most durable sheds in its class

Due to the design, this shed is going to take two people to put it together in a reasonable amount of time

Double doors mean you can park your riding lawn mower inside and the heavy duty floor is made to handle the weight

The metal frame and screws all tend to rust in a very short time frame. You will need to paint the frames and replace the screws with stainless steel ones to avoid having this problem

Instructions are well laid out and easy for anyone, even a beginner, to follow

The doors do not stay closed in windy conditions unless you have a padlock in place, but why wouldn't you lock your shed anyway?

5. Suncast BMS7400 Resin Storage Shed

Simple, Attractive, and Quite Functional 

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Suncast BMS7400 Resin Storage Shed

The Cascade is another excellent plastic shed from Suncast and features heavy duty double wall construction for added strength and durability.

The shingle style roof panels are reinforced with metal reinforcement for added strength. The double doors not only have windows in them, but they also feature lockable metal handles for improved security.

The interlocking pieces make the Cascade one of the easier 4 x 6 plastic sheds to assemble, perfect for the inexperienced builder.

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Interlocking pieces not only make the Cascade easy to assemble, but also create a strong finished product

If you don't have the base perfectly level, the doors may not line up or stay closed properly

Can be assembled in less than 5 hours by one or two people quite easily

Some of the assembly holes do not line up properly, making assembly of certain parts difficult

Priced well below some of its competitors yet offers higher overall quality

The instruction manual is poorly laid out, making it hard to follow

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of 4 x 6 plastic sheds on the market, some may be better than these, far more of them fail to come even close. These are five of the most popular and better-made ones.

They will all work just fine for most needs ranging from tool and lawn mower storage to a dry place to stash your junk. Just be sure you choose one that is rated for your specific needs and be sure to follow the assembly instructions to the letter if you want your plastic shed to last.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the information I have put together here on 4 x 6 plastic sheds; they are a great way to add a shed to your backyard in a single weekend.

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The 7 Factors that Affect Your Shed Design

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SO YOU'VE SPENT a bit of time wandering around your local discount hardware superstores looking at all various "cookie cutter" out of the box sheds, but never seem to find quite what you are looking for...

Have you stopped and taken a good look at the many different types of shed plans?

You would be amazed at the incredible range of styles and sizes of sheds these plans.

The only hard part is you must be ready to build your shed from scratch. The good news is these plans are amazingly detailed, making the task easy for the average person who can use a few basic hand and power tools.

The 7 Different Factors that Affect Shed Design

As with any construction project for your home, there are a number of factors which must be taken into consideration before you spend any money or start construction. 

Here are seven factors I believe to be of the utmost importance in your decision where to build when to build, and what to build.

#1 Permits

Before you make any decision beyond the size of shed you might like to have in your backyard, you need to find out if your city, county, or state requires a building permit.

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You will find that each municipality has their own permit requirements and in many cases, if you don't obtain the necessary permits, you could be fined and/or ordered to remove your shed at your own expense.

Follow this link to learn more about permits in your area.

#2 Materials

Next to a permit, deciding what type of materials your shed will be built from may be the most important decision.

• Metal offers excellent strength and will keep out the weather, but is subject to rust.

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Wood has been used for centuries and can be used to build a very solid weatherproof shed. At the same time, it is subject to rot and pest infestation. It can also be very expensive.

Plastic or Resin  may be one of the least expensive materials, but can be flimsy and not hold up to extremes in weather.

Fabric is the cheapest of the lot... however it is only really a temporary solution

#3 Your Budget

There is no point in dreaming about a large all-wood and shingle shed when you are working with a plastic shed budget. Also known in many circles as having Cadillac dreams on a Volkswagen budget.

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Plastic sheds are typically not expensive, but at the same time, the good ones are not cheap.

More importantly, you may have to choose between size and materials. For example, while $1,000 might buy you a 10 x 14 metal shed, it will only buy an 8 x 8 wood shed or a 8 x 10 plastic shed.

Remember that just because you are on a budget, this doesn't necessarily mean you can't have the shed you want. What it does mean, however, is that you may have to make a few hard decisions along the way.

#4 Shed Size

In sheds, as in many other things, size (internal size) really does matter and should be one of your chief concerns.

• If you start out with a shed that is too small, you are only going to end up replacing it with the right size later at significant additional cost.

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• Build or buy a shed that is too big for your needs is nothing more than a waste of money.

• You may also have to factor in size based on your local building codes.

• Also, worth noting is that the cost of your shed is going to increase exponentially as your shed gets bigger.

#5 Your Yard

When it comes to shed plans and designs, you must pay close attention to where you are planning to put it in your yard. You will need an area that is flat or can be flattened for your shed to sit on.

You can always build a perfectly flat foundation from wood, pavers, or poured cement. Here are a few extra questions you should ask yourself about your yard:

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• Will your shed be able to be seen from the house?

• Will the style and color of your shed add to or detract from the appearance of your yard?

• Will your shed be in an area of your yard that might make it easy for thieves to break in?

• Will your neighbors complain about your shed's location?

• Will the ground drain water away during storms or let it build up and get inside of your shed?

• Will your shed be located in a convenient place for its intended purpose?

#6 What Are You Building a Shed For

This is yet another very important consideration when looking at sheds and shed plans. This will affect the size, style, and in many cases the type of materials you will use for your shed. Among the things to consider are:

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• Is your shed just for garden tools and if so what type and how many?

• Is your shed for storing toys, bicycles, and other family gear?

• Is your shed a place for your motorcycle or ATV?

• Is your shed going to become a workshop, an art studio, a playroom, a quiet place to get away?

• Is your shed going to house floor standing power tools and workbenches?

• Will your shed need added shelving for more storage?

#7 Your Abilities

Okay, so now that you have a rough idea what size and style of shed might best suit your needs, there is one more very important thing you must consider and do so as honestly as you can. This is your construction abilities.

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To put it bluntly, if you have a hard time driving a nail or screw in straight or can't read a tape measure to save your life, you might be better off buying a plastic shed that goes together a little like a building those kids toys from Little Tykes.

What I am trying to say here is that pay very close attention to the shed plans you are considering and make sure your abilities are up to the job.

There is no point in buying a set of plans to build a killer shed along with investing hundreds of dollars or more in materials if your skills are not up to the task of building it.

Do It Yourself Shed Plans vs. Shed Kits

So this brings us to the point at where you need to make a big decision. Do you opt for a quality set of shed plans and buy all of your own materials or do you opt for a shed kit that comes with almost everything you need except the tools and elbow grease to put it together? Each of these options has its own benefits.

Shed Plans

• With so many shed plans to choose from, you can create your own custom shed

• In most cases building from a set of shed plans is less

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• Many plans offer options that let you truly customize your shed

• Sheds built from plans tend to be stronger in construction and design

There is a lot of pride in building your shed from scratch

Shed Kits

• Shed kits are typically easier to build

• Shed kits take a lot less time to assemble

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HOPKINS 90190 2x4basics Shed Kit, Barn Style Roof

• Most shed kits require very little in the way of construction experience or skills

• Shed kits require only a minimum of tools

• Shed kits typically come with easy to read and understand instructions no matter what size shed you buy

Since most shed plans are based on using wood as the main component, if you are comfortable using basic power tools such as circular or reciprocating saws, drills, etc. you should not have too many problems building one.

You should also be able to read plans at least to some extent. In most cases, you will find the plans are laid out for the novice and are easy to follow.

Here again, you should take a good look at any plans you are considering to ensure that you fully understand them.

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Free Shed Plans

With a little looking around you can easily find a number of free shed plans or you can save yourself time by simply going here. You will find that most online shed plans cover the basics such as the dimensions of the shed, a list of materials by size and quantity and at least a basic set of instructions.

Many of the free shed plans rely on images rather than step-by-step detailed instructions.

As you step up to paying for plans you should find more detailed construction. They may also include a number of options ranging from materials to customizing your shed with extra windows, doors, skylights, interiors, shelving, and floors.

At the same time, these sheds tend to be designed with the more experienced builder in mind and may or may not contain enough details for the beginner.

How to Read Shed Plans

If you have never worked with a set of blueprints or shed plans, your first glance might be a bit confusing. There are so many symbols and signs used that it is easy to become confused.

Here are a few basic concepts that can make reading shed plans a bit easier for you:

• Solid lines indicate the outline of an object such as the edge of a wall

• Broken lines are used to indicate objects that are typically hidden from view such as the foundation

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• Broken lines can also be used to indicate the shape of the structure

• A slanted line with arrows or dots added to a dimension line shows reference points

• Measurements are shown in feet then inches, i.e. 10" 6" means 10 feet 6 inches

Shed Ideas

There are literally thousands of shed ideas online, in the stores, and more importantly, virtually anywhere you go in the country. I have spent months collecting a huge selection of different shed ideas for you to consider.

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31 Cool Shed Ideas to Stimulate your Senses

This selection ranges from easy to build do-it-yourself sheds that can be put together in a few hours to complex sheds that look more like houses than sheds. Hopefully, you will find something you like in my collection of great shed ideas.

Steps to Building a Shed

Still not sure you are ready to take on the task of building your own shed? No worries, I have put together a basic set of easy to follow steps you should take in building your shed.

These steps start with planning your shed and end with basic maintenance for your newly constructed shed. They are designed to give you a good start and contain plenty of good basic information along with a few good pictures to help you on your way.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to building your garden shed, the final choice between working from a set of shed plans or buying a ready to build kit is in your hands. You are the only one who truly knows whether you have the necessary skills to read and follow the plans.

If you think you are up for it, building a shed from scratch can be a very rewarding experience. If not, you could be setting yourself up for a really bad experience and you might be better off building your next shed from a good quality kit.

Here hoping I have given you a good start on your way to adding a shed to your garden or backyard.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the information I have put together here on shed plans and building your own garden shed.

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The 9 Most Common Roof Styles for Your Shed

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Decide and choose your shed roof style ...

One of the toughest parts of building your garden shed is deciding what type of roof it should have. You might think that the simple gable style roof is your only option, but in reality, there are several different shed roof styles for you to choose from, all of which can be used with equal success in most instances.

Just like house roofs, your shed roof must be able to withstand rain, snow, sun, heat, and cold while continuing to protect your shed and everything in it. The good news is that no matter which shed roof style you choose;most are relatively easy to build.

Top Roof Styles In Use Today

There are fifteen different roof styles in common use today, most of which can be used on your garden shed. However, if you look at the images below, you can see that several of them are not exactly practical for use on your backyard shed.

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Top Rated Shed Roof Styles

So, let’s take a closer look at 9 of the most common shed roof styles in use today, along with their good points and bad points.

Gable Style Roof

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The gable style roof is one of the most common styles of roof in use today in residential, commercial, shed, and garage construction. This shed roof style is also known as a peaked gable or pitched roof and is easy to recognize by its triangular shape.

While relatively easy to build, even for beginners, you will need to know how to calculate the correct pitch and snow load to ensure your new roof will provide you with years of service. This type of roof can be covered with a wood sheathing, felt paper, and shingles or made with sheets of metal.

Pros

                                             Cons

Sheds rain, snow, ice easily

May not be best suited to areas where high winds and hurricanes occur

Offers more space for an attic

Poor construction or inadequate framing can lead to the roof collapsing

Simple and less expensive to build than many other shed roof styles

High winds can cause the shingles, felt, or sheet metal to peel away

Hip Style Roof

The hip style roof is one that includes slopes on each of the four sides of your shed. All four sides of the roof should be equal in length such that they come together at the top of the peak forming a ridge. This ridge is often used in houses, garages, and shed for a vent to help keep the inside cooler during the summer months and to help ventilate fumes.

The hip roof is slightly more difficult to build than a gable roof.

Pros

Cons

Excellent for areas of high wind and snow

More expensive than a gable roof to build

Offer space for an attic

Requires more building materials than a gable roof

More stable than a gable roof

Added seams may result in more leaks

Flat Style Roof

The flat roof is probably the most common form of commercial or industrial and as the name suggests, this shed roof style is perfectly flat. But worth noting is that even though this type of roof is perfectly flat, it does have a slight pitch designed to help with drainage and water run-off.

The good news is that they are one of the least expensive types of roof and can be used in areas with high or low rainfall with equal success.

Pros

Cons

If you build it strong enough can be used as a patio

Low pitch makes flat roofs susceptible to leakage

Good place to install solar panels

Not recommended for areas with high snow or rainfall

Easy to build requiring fewer materials

Higher overall maintenance costs

The Barn or Gambrel Style Roof

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If you go out in the countryside and look at many of the older barns, especially for those of you who live in the northeastern part of the U.S. You will see many of them sport this double slope style of roof.

The lower slope tends to be almost, but not quite, vertical. The upper section of the roof has a much lower slope.

These roofs are seen on homes, barns, log cabins, and of course, garden sheds. They are considered to be very aesthetically pleasing.

Pros

Cons

This style of roof offers plenty of extra space for storage without added expense

Not recommended for areas of high wind or those with heavy snowfall

Simple construction with two roof beams and a series of gusset joints

If not constructed properly tend to be structurally weak

Fewer materials mean lowered construction costs

Need to be waterproofed at the ridges to prevent leaks regularly

The Pyramid Style Roof

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Just the name says these roofs look a lot like the Great Pyramids in Egypt in which all four sides of the roof meet in a point at the top of the roof. Each of the four sides has a single slope.

With this particular style of roof there are no gables or vertical sides. They are a good choice for smaller sheds or any other type of auxiliary structure.

Most designs feature overhanging eaves that help to reduce energy costs. Bear in mind this type of roof can be challenging to build.

Pros

Cons

Good choice for use in areas with high winds

Requires more building experience

Extra space adds more storage

Higher costs due to complex design

High slopes are good for areas with heavy rain and snowfall

Top may be too high for certain building code restrictions

The Saltbox Style Roof

The salt box style roof offers a slightly different take on the pitched roof in that one slope typically has a steeper pitch than the other and is shorter. This roof design features gables at each end.

This roof style originates back in the early Colonial days and came from the need for people to add more room to their homes without having to invest significantly in more materials.

Although mainly used in homes, the saltbox roof can be an excellent choice for larger sheds and garages as it can turn a single-story building into one that is either one and a half or two stories high.

Pros

Cons

The dual slopes let water run off easily, perfect for areas with heavy rains

The design itself if rather tricky

More durable than the standard gable roof

If you build a loft It will have sloping walls

Can be built to handle moderate to heavy snow loads

May be expensive due to the number of trusses and supports needed

The Skillion Style Roof

The skillion style of roof is often referred to as a lean-to or shed style roof. This shed roof style offers a single slope roof with one end often attached to the wall of a taller building such as the side of your house or garage.

In many ways, it looks just like one-half of a pitched roof. In most cases, these shed roof styles are reserved for use in home additions, porches, and of course, sheds.

They are among the simplest and in many cases the least expensive roofs to build.  Most are covered with sheet metal, an EPDM sheet, or rubber membrane.

Depending on which way the slope of the roof points, a skillion roof can be the perfect place to install PV solar panels.

Pros

Cons

Very easy to build

The ceiling can end up being very low depending on the pitch of the roof

Steeper pitch lets snow and rain run off easily

May not be best suited for areas where high winds are common

Less expensive to build due to the need for fewer materials

May not be the most aesthetically pleasing roof

The Jerkinhead Style Roof

This style of roof looks very much like the standard gable roof in that it retains a central ridge with sloping sides. The big difference is that the ends of the roof have similar features to those found in hip style shed roofs. In other words, the roof looks just like a gable roof that has had both ends “hipped” or cut short and then folded down.  

This style of roof is also described as an English hip roof or a clipped gable roof. No matter how you describe it, the roof looks like a little like a milk carton that someone has pressed the ends down on.

Pros

Cons

These roofs are more stable that the standard gable roof

They are far more complex than a gable roof

These roofs are far more stable in high winds

Complex design makes the cost higher

Higher pitch adds more interior space

Requires a higher level of building skill

The Bonnet Style Roof

Bonnet style roofs are also referred to as a kick-eave roof are very similar in design to hip roofs, but add on an extended lower pitched eave that goes around the perimeter. This overhang can provide you with a place to relax out of the sun and help to keep rain and snow from getting in the doors.

While not one of the most commonly used shed roof styles, they do still have their advantages as well as being extremely aesthetically pleasing.

Pros

Cons

The upper slope can be used to create more storage space

Complex design requires more materials to build

Overhanging eaves offer shade and protect the walls from water damage

Expensive to construct due to need for more materials

Rain and snow run off the slopes easily

Water can pool in the valleys where the two slopes meet, extra waterproofing must be used

Topping It All Off

As you can see, there are many different shed roof styles for you to choose from. Those listed above are the most commonly used and for the most part among the easiest to build. While you are considering which one of these roofs is likely to be the best choice for your shed, keep in mind your construction skills.

There is no point in choosing a particular style of shed roof, falling in love with it, and then as you get started building it, finding out that you have to hire a contractor as your skills are simply not up finishing what you have started.

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The 7 Most Popular Shed Roof Materials … In Detail

The 7 Most Popular Shed Roof Materials... In Detail

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The roof of your shed is not only its crowning glory, it is also the first line of defense against rain, snow, sun, and wind. 

With this in mind, it is very important that you choose the right shed material the first time or you will soon be faced with replacing the roof again.

Here we take a good look at the most common shed roof materials along with what you should be looking for in them.

Choosing the Right Shed Roof Materials

The most important thing you need to keep in mind when choosing the right shed roof materials is that the material you choose must be able to protect your shed from any extremes in weather the area you live in is likely to encounter.

At the same time, since you and your neighbors are going to have to look at your shed and its roof, the material you choose should be at least somewhat aesthetically appealing.

Bear in mind that it is important for you to understand that there are a number of shed roof materials for you to choose from including metal, asphalt shingles, rolls of roof felt, terracotta tiles, and more. 

One interesting thing worth noting, is that over the past few years there has been a major move from using natural materials such as cedar shakes towards using engineered roofing materials such as synthetic felts, sheet metals, and concrete tiles.

There are several reasons behind this movement including cost, environmental concerns, and in many areas changes to local construction codes.

Speaking of which, you need to be sure you check your local codes before building your shed or installing a new roof to be sure they do not require specific shed roof materials or outlaw others.

Factors You Should Consider

  • Your shed roof should be pleasant to look at
  • Your shed roof must be waterproof
  • Your shed roof should be affordable
  • Your shed roof should be durable
  • The pitch of your roof

Pleasant to Look At?

After all, it is just a garden shed, why should you worry about how the roof looks when it is finished?

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An ugly shed roof will not only detract from the way it looks to you and your neighbors but may also affect the overall appraised value of your home if you decide to sell it.

Waterproof?

Since you are going to be storing any number of items in your shed, many of which need to be kept dry, the shed roof materials you choose must be waterproof.

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Not only must they be waterproof, but they must also be able to withstand ice and snow buildup if you live in an area with this type of weather.

Affordable

This is the point at which you need to consider your budget and measure it against how long you want your new shed roof to last.

While buying inexpensive materials may be a good way to save money right now, consider whether cheap materials are going to provide you with the best level of protection and longevity.

You may find paying a little more in the first place can save a lot of money in the future.

Durability

This is more a factor of where you live, the types of weather you are likely to have during the year, and how much money you are willing to spend.

For example, if you live in an area where high winds tend to blow frequently like I do, 15 lb. roofing felt is not likely to be your best choice. You may be better off using 30 lb. felt, sheet metal, or asphalt shingles.

The Pitch of Your Roof

The pitch of your shed's roof can range from flat up to 20 degrees or more. In most cases, the pitch is decided based on the weather conditions where you live.

Areas with lots of rain or snow tend to have steeper pitches. However, the pitch of your roof also affects your choice of shed roof materials.

Pitch

Shed Roof Materials

Flat to 10 degrees

Wood base with roof felt or sheet metal

10 to 20 degrees

Roof felt, sheet metal, shingles, tiles (clay or concrete)

20 plus degrees

Sheet metal, concrete interlocking tiles, clay tiles

Finally, here is a video about choosing the right roofing materials. While this video centers on home roofs, the basic concepts can be applied to finding the right roof for your shed.

Shed Roofing Materials Available

Here we are going to take a closer look at the various types of shed roofing materials and what they have to offer.

Roofing Felt

Roofing felt is sold in rolls that are typically 36 inches wide by 10 to 12 feet long. It is typically sold by weight, which is an indication of how thick the felt is, in most cases either 15, 30, or 90 lb. weights. Obviously, the higher the number, the thicker the felt is.

Thicker felt offers better protection from the weather, but at the same time,it is harder to work with, especially for someone who is not used to working with it.  Roofing felt is one of the least expensive forms of shed roofing materials.

Pros

Cons

Inexpensive

Relatively short lifespan

Mineral coated felt resists the weather

Nails may leak water

Easy to install

Thicker 90 lb. felt can be hard to work with

Asphalt Shingles

The funny thing about using asphalt shingles is that you must have a layer of roofing felt on top of the wood before you install the shingles. However, this double layer will provide you with a much stronger and more weather resistant roof.

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common forms of roofing in use today and are a good way to make sure the roof of your shed matches the one on your house.

Asphalt shingles can last for as long as 20 to 30 years, which makes this type of roof an excellent value.

Pros

Cons

Most common form of roofing

Require a felt underlayment for maximum waterproofing

Large selection of colors

Requires some knowledge of roofing for best results

Can last up to 30 years

Prone to impact damage

Clay/Concrete Tiles

Clay tiles and their more modern counterpart concrete tiles have their origin in Europe, in particular, the Mediterranean region. They offer an extremely long-lasting and durable roof, but the big problem with either of these types of tile is that they are very heavy by nature.

If you want to use ceramic or concrete tiles on your shed, you will need to build a very strong subsurface to support the added weight.

Ceramic and concrete tiles can be quite beautiful to look at and are available in several colors and styles and can be quite expensive.

Pros

Cons

Very durable and long lasting

Very heavy requiring strong structural support

Fireproof

Very expensive

Energy efficient

Tiles are fragile and can be easily broken by stepping on them or being hit

Wood Shingle

Wood has been used as a source of roofing shingles for centuries and even today continues to make an excellent source of shed roofing materials.

Most wood roof shingles are made from cedar, pine, redwood, or western red cedar. They are a good choice for use on roofs with a steep pitch and are exceptionally pleasant to look for.

Worth considering, however, is that wood shingles are not particularly fire resistant and must be treated with a special flame retardant. You should also check with your local authority to ensure their codes allow for the use of wood shingles in any type of structure.

Pros

Cons

Visually appealing

Not fireproof

Made from a renewable natural resource

Will decay and rot over time

Cooler than many other forms of roofing

May not meet local fire codes

Rubber Roofing Shingles

Rubber roofing shingles or composite (might be plastic, rubber, or a mix of both) are becoming more commonplace. These shingles can be made to look like several other forms of roofing such as tile, slate, or shakes.

There are many advantages to using these types of shingles starting with the fact they are much lighter than the products they resemble.

The lightweight quality of these tiles also means you don't need to build a stronger sub-structure as you would if you were using ceramic tiles.

They are typically made from recycled materials such as old car tires, which also makes them good for the economy. Rubber roofing tiles also have a very long lifespan.

Pros

Cons

Low cost

Visual quality varies

Many are made from recycled materials

New product, no longevity information available

Lighter than conventional concrete or slate tiles

Color may fade over time

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is offered in a range of materials including aluminum, copper, and steel. It is also available in sheets and tiles that let you choose a roof that is not only aesthetically appealing but will last for a very long time.

Metal roofing is very good at shedding snow and ice buildup is fireproof and offers exceptional long-term durability. Many sheet and tile metal roof products are made from recycled materials and can be recycled again once you are done with them.

You will need to keep the metal painted to prevent corrosion and should install rain gutters to handle the faster water run-off.

Pros

Cons

Exceptional durability

Appearance may not match that of your home

Fireproof

Must be kept painted to prevent rust/corrosion

Many products made from recycled materials

Not a good choice for coastal regions

EPDM (Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) Roofing Sheets

EPDM is a rubber-like material that has been used as a commercial roofing material and on RVs for decades. This material can last for up to 30 to 50 years and is often made from recycled materials that can be recycled again.

The material stands up to rain, snow, ice, wind, fire, and the sun's UV radiation exceptionally well. Because EPDM breathes by design, it allows any vapors to escape, which helps to prevent blistering and bubbling. EPDM is also a relatively affordable material and can be easily repaired with patch coating that is readily available.

Pros

Cons

Naturally, repels water

Can be ripped by sharp objects

Long lifespan 30 to 50 years

Takes experience to get it installed right

Moderately affordable

Sheets can be heavy and hard to work with

Other Options

Just in case none of the shed roof materials above suits what you have in mind, here are a couple more for you to consider. For myself, I love the idea of a garden on the roof of my shed, see below.

A Green Roof

When it comes to roofing for your shed, green is more than just a color, it is an environmentally sound way of putting the finishing touches on your garden shed project.

If your shed roof is flat or has a pitch of 18 degrees or less, consider building a “green” roof on it. This involves covering the roof in EPDM and then adding a frame that can be filled with soil and planted with a mix of grass and flower seeds.

Not only does this give you a beautiful shed roof all year rounds, but the plants help filter the air.  Just remember you may need to weed and water your shed roof from time to time.

Pros

Cons

Beautiful to look at

You still have to install an EPDM underlayment

Great for the environment

Might have to water occasionally

Great insulator

Can only be used on 18 degree or less pitch roofs

Artificial Turf

Most of us would never even think about using artificial turf as a shed roof material. However, for those of you who want a “green” roof without having to go the trouble and expense of planting a real “green” roof, this is a viable option.

You will still need to install some form of underlayment such as roofing felt or EPDM. Then you simply attach the artificial turf to the underlayment and you have a gorgeous green roof that will last for quite a while.

Pros

Cons

Practically zero maintenance

Not environmentally friendly

Lightweight does not require a beefed-up substructure

Can be expensive if you want artificial turf that looks good

Never needs to be watered

Will fade and become damaged by extremes in weather

Topping It All Off

With all the different types of shed roof materials available, it is pretty hard to choose just one that comes out the clear winner as each has its good and bad points.

Roofing felt is relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and has a decent lifespan. Sheet metal offers a very long life, easy installation, and is relatively affordable. The only problem is that you must keep it painted if you don't want to have to deal with corrosion.

However, out of all the various options, these two are probably your best bet. Personally, I choose to use 90 lb. mineral embedded roofing felt and so far, it looks as good now as it did when I installed it five years ago.

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How To Keep Your Shed Weatherproof With Shed Roof Felt

How To Keep Your Shed Weatherproof With Shed Roof Felt

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Here is what you need to know about roofing felt...

While a wood garden shed might be the most aesthetically appealing and one of the more durable designs, even the best of sheds is only as good as the roof.

Roofing felt can be a good way to keep the inside of your shed dry, it is relatively easy to apply and requires very little in the way of tools or experience to install.

However, there are a few things I feel you should know before you rush out to your local home improvement superstore and plunk down a wad of cash on several rolls of shed roof felt or you could end up doing the whole job all over again.

Top Things You Should Know about Roofing Felt

Before we get too far into this, you should know that while shed roof felt is an economical and easy to install way to protect your wood shed roof, it is subject to blistering and cracking that can lead to leaks.

Depending on the climate where you live, you may find that using nothing but shed roof felt is not going to be enough to effectively seal and protect your shed’s roof and everything you have stored inside from rain, snow, and ice.

This being said, roofing felt can be a good way to seal your shed roof, but you may want to add a layer of shingles over the felt to create a more effective and longer lasting roof if you have room in your budget. At the same time, there are different types of shed roof felt to choose from, each of which has its problems and advantages.

Roofing felt is typically attached to the wood sheathing or clapboards using nails, this in and of itself creates a risk of water intrusion over time as the nails pull out under high winds or are pushed out as the wood expands and contracts with changes in temperature.

Roofing felt can also tear or be damaged for several reasons, including:

  • High winds
  • Ice buildup
  • Tree branches
  • Extremes in temperature
  • Toys hitting the roof
  • People climbing on the roof

Yet despite these potential issues with shed roof felt, it still makes an excellent way to waterproof your wood shed roof when you are working on a budget.

On top of this, it is one of the simplest forms of roofing to install as anyone who can use a few basic hand tools can replace the entire roof of their shed in a few short hours.

Different Types of Shed Roofing Felt

In the early days, roofing felt was typically made from rolls of paper that were impregnated with tar or bitumen that may or may not have been embedded with various minerals to help reduce the damaging effects of solar radiation.

This type of roof felt was considered to be relatively effective, but because it was made with a paper base, was prone to tearing under high winds. 

Today most shed roof felt is made using either a fiberglass fleece or polyester base material as both of these materials are significantly stronger than paper.

Fiberglass Fleece

Shed roof felt made with a fiberglass fleece base are considered to be among the strongest and longest lasting in the industry. These roofing felts are known for their ability to withstand tearing and to hold up under extremes in weather.

The fiberglass fleece is impregnated with a tar-like substance called bitumen that makes the fleece waterproof.

Polyester Fibers

In recent years a new type of roofing felt has been developed using polyester fibers as the base material.

Much like fiberglass based felt, polyester based felts have a high resistance to tearing and is capable of handling extremes in weather. It is also impregnated with bitumen that makes it waterproof.  

This type of shed roof felt does not last as long as the fiberglass variety.

An Organic Option

The final option that may be available in your area is completely organic roofing felt. This type of roofing felt is made from fibers of rags. The base material is then soaked in asphalt to make it waterproof while still retaining the organic qualities, the reason why so many people choose this option.

Much like the polyester based felt, this type of felt does not currently have the same durability and lifespan of fiberglass.

Recent Improvements in Roofing Felt

As with just about everything today, even roofing felt is going high-tech. Today’s roofing felts have been designed to be better at sealing around the nails used to secure them to your roof.

Many of the new materials weigh less than their traditional counterparts and are offered in sheets that are up to 36-inches wide. Some of these improvements have increased the cost of roofing felt, but their durability and the reduction in the number of seams you end up with are well worth the added cost.

Many rolls of roofing felt now come with lines marked on them to speed up the overlapping process and help you keep everything straight, which is vital to not only doing a professional installation job but also in making your roof as tight and waterproof as possible.

One thing to keep in mind as you look at the different types of roof felt for your shed is that if you are not adding shingles on top of the felt, you need to choose felt that has a mineral-based surface.

A Word about Weight and Warranties

All types of roofing felt, including shed roof felt are listed and sold by their “weight”, which is in effect the manufacturer’s way of describing its thickness. Roofing felts are sold in a number of weights with 15 lb. or 30 lb. weights being the most common.

30-lb. felt is thicker than 15 lb. You should base your choice on the size of your shed roof and the climate you live in. Bear in mind that the thicker felt will last far longer and be able to withstand extremes in both heat and cold.

Each manufacturer offers its own range of warranties based on the type of felt you are buying, its thickness, any coatings, and numerous other factors. Be sure to read the warranty on any shed roof felt you are thinking about buying.

While there is a number of inexpensive “shed roof” felts on the market, you will be much better off buying roofing felt that is made for use on houses as it is much stronger. The difference in cost is easily offset by their durability longevity.

How Much Shed Roof Felt Do You Need?

Now that you have a good idea of the different types of shed roof felt available, it is time to look at how much you need to buy. This is a relatively easy process that starts by measuring the full size of your roof.

You will need enough felt to run the entire length of your roof plus an extra 2-3 inches at each end for the overlap.

You will also need an additional length for the crown of your roof, bear in mind that in order to effectively seal your roof, the felt must be laid perfectly flat and in overlapping layers.

Roof felt is sold in rolls, most of which are now 36 inches wide and come in a variety of lengths. Choose rolls that allow you to cut the maximum possible number of single sheets out of the roll with minimal waste.

Which One Should I Buy?

With so many different brands on the market, it can be hard to know which one you should buy.

The one thing that most professional roofers will tell you up front, is that you should avoid those so-called “shed” felts as they are literally “paper thin” and while inexpensive, they do not stand up well, especially in high winds and because of this are not considered to be worth the money.  

Here are some of the best ones I could find for you to consider.

Tamko Roof Felt

Lightweight, Inexpensive Underlayment Roof felt

This is an organic felt that is saturated in asphalt that measures a full 36 inches wide by 144 inches long. It is 15 lb. felt that is black in color. Worth noting is that this is asphalt saturated organic mat, but it does not have a mineral coating to help make it more weather resistant.

Each roll contains enough felt to cover 4 squares of roof or 432 sq. feet. According to the manufacturer, this roofing felt is intended for use as an underlayment, meaning you should plan to cover it with shingles for optimum performance.

Pros

Cons

Very inexpensive

15 lb. weight is thin, will rip easily

Large rolls

Has no mineral coating for protection from the weather

Easy to install and work with

Not made for use without shingles

Orgill Roofing Felt 15RF

Top of the Line 15 lb. Roofing Felt

Although this roofing felt may be more expensive than the same weight of felt from Tamko, the asphalt saturated felt is made from highly flexible organic fibers that make it much easier to install, but very strong at the same time.  

By virtue of its design, this shed roof felt is more resistant to tearing during installation or in moderate winds. It comes in rolls that are 36 inches wide by 12 feet long. Once again this felt is intended to be used as an underlayment rather than as the final covering for your shed roof.

Pros

Cons

Strong organic mat construction

Relatively expensive for 15 lb. felt

Rip resistant

Must have a layer of shingles for maximum protection

336 x 144-inch rolls

Has no mineral coating for protection from the weather

American Saturated Felt Mineral Surface Roofing Felt

All the Way at the Other End of the Spectrum

If 15 lb. shed roof felt is at the bottom end of the scale when it comes to roofing felt, then 90 lb. felt is surely at the top. This particular felt from American Saturated is made from asphalt impregnated organic materials.

What makes the difference is that this felt is mineral coated, making it a good choice for anyone who is looking for a felt that can be used as a final roofing rather than one that should be used solely as an underlayment. Rolls measure 36 by 144 inches.

Pros

Cons

90 lb. weight is much better for overall protection

90 lb. weight can be challenging to work with

Mineral coating is ideal for maximum weatherproofing

Rolls weigh 72 pounds making them very heavy to move around

36 x 144 rolls provide plenty of coverage

Rolls are somewhat expensive as is shipping

BlueHawk Sand Finish Roof Felt 5m

Sand finish for Added Traction and Protection

This felt from BlueHawk is designed specifically for use on shed roofs and comes in rolls that are 5 meters long and 1 meter wide. It is manufactured in the U.K. to withstand typical British weather, making it ideal for use in rainy areas of the U.S.  

The felt itself uses an organic recycled rag fiber with an oxidized bitumen coating that is infused with sand. This felt is a 15 lb. (7 kg.) thickness which is easy to handle and install.

Pros

Cons

Sand finish for better weather resistance

15 lb. weight not ideal for high winds

15 lb. weight is easy to handle

Higher initial cost per roll

Low shipping costs

Designed to be an outer layer or underlayment

How Do You Attach the Shed Roof Felt to Your Shed?

Attaching the shed roof felt to your shed is relatively easy and the average shed roof can be covered in a couple of hours or so with the most basic of hand tools and a little patience.

Tools and Materials Needed

Like every other aspect of building your shed, there are a number of materials and tools needed to install shed roof felt.  So here is a good basic list of the tools and materials you are going to need:

  • Roofing felt
  • Roofing nails short and long
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Box knife with hook blade (you can use a straight blade, but a hooked blade is easier to work with)
  • Straight edge (a 36-inch long steel ruler or level works best)

There really isn’t that much to installing felt roofing, but the job still takes a certain amount of skill and dedication to the job at hand.

One note on the hook style blade. A hook blade will not cut into the surface you have the felt laid out on for cutting, whereas a straight blade will. Most expert roofers also say that using a hook blade makes cutting roofing felt much easier.

Step by Step Shed Roof Felt Installation

Here is a basic step by step covering how to install your shed roof felt and achieve the best results along with a video that you can see here covering installing your shed roof felt.

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  1. Measure the length and width of your roof and calculate the total area. (the average roll covers 432 square feet. Hint: area of a rectangle is length x width.
  2. Clean the wood surface of the roof, removing any debris, nails that are sticking out, or anything else that will damage the new felt.
  3. Be sure the entire surface is dry, you should never apply new felt on a wet wood surface as this can cause the wood to warp, crack, or rot.
  4. If your shed roof has any damaged or rotted wood, now is the time to replace it.
  5. Cut lengths of shed roof felt to match the long side of the roof, be sure to add 2 to 3 inches to the length at each end. This extra length will be folded over and nailed to the battens so that any water will drip off the edge without getting the wood wet.
  6. Tack one end of the felt in place so that it remains in place as you roll it out.
  7. Roll the full length out and pull it tight without ripping it while at the same time making sure it is perfectly flat.
  8. Nail the felt using roofing nails. You should use short nails that are not going to puncture the wood for the surface and longer nails for the drip edge to help hold it more firmly in place. You should place nails at 2-inch intervals on the surface and 3-inch intervals on the drip edges.
  9. Pull the edges over tight and nail in place, fold the corners to help maintain the watertight seal.
  10. Whether you are installing just a crown piece or need to add extra runs of felt, you should use a quality cement between the layers to add a better seal.
  11. You may want to cover the nail heads with mastic or roofing tar for a better seal.
  12. Stand back and enjoy your new roof.

Related Products

If your shed roof is already covered with roofing felt that is not quite ready for replacement, but showing signs of leakage, you may be able to make it last a little longer with a special type of paint such as this one:

Gardner-Gibson 6025-9-34 3.6QT NF Roof Coating

Highly Durable Roof and Foundation Coating

This is a non-fibered refined asphalt base coating that is perfect for adding a protective coating for many types of roofing felt. It can also be used to seal metal roofs and wood surfaces. By using this paint, you can add months or even years to the life of your shed roof felt.

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Pros

Cons

Saves you from replacing your shed roof felt

Messy to work with

Very inexpensive

Long dry time

Can be used on multiple surfaces

Only comes in black

If you would like more information on the various different types of shed roof materials, take a look here where we have already done most of the research for you.

Topping It All Off

I hope you have enjoyed reading the information we have assembled for you here on shed roof felt. Finding the right felt might seem like a major challenge, but the information here would have made my first attempt at replacing my shed roof much simpler, so I hope it does for you.

Be sure to watch the video as it contains lots of very helpful tips.

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