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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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#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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#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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#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. 

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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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Shed Roof Pitch

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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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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​Decide what shed roof material you will use for your new shed...

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

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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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How To Build a Shed Roof

Everything You Need to Know to Put a Strong and Durable Top on Your Shed

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There are many questions when it comes to putting up a roof, below are the answers 

BUILDING A SHED roof is not as complicated as you might think.

The simple reality is that if you have reached the point in building your shed when it is time to build the roof, you have probably already mastered most if not all the skills you need to frame in and complete your shed roof.

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OK, so maybe this seems rather easy for me to say, but what about calculating pitch, how do you build the trusses, and what style of roof is likely to work the best for your shed?

So Many Questions…

The biggest part of building a shed roof is making sure you have all the many questions running through your mind answered before you get started. For example:

  • What is a stick frame roof?
  • What is a truss roof?
  • Gable, gambrel, salt box, skillion, which of these styles is likely to be your best choice?
  • What materials should you use?
  • Do you need permits?

Roof Designs and Ideas

This is Your Best Starting Point

Until you know what you want your finished shed and roof to look like, it is going to be very hard to understand the style of roof and how much work it will take to build it.

To give you a better idea of the different shed roof styles from around the country and around the world, take a look here. You can also see a list of shed roof ideas here Where I have put together a wide range of images depicting everything from grass and palm tree branch roofs to sheet metal and shingle roofs.

These images cover gable styles, gambrel, salt box, flat, skillion, round, square, rectangular, and just about every style of shed roof you can imagine.

There are several important things you need to keep in mind while choosing the design or style of your roof is that it must meet several needs such as snow load, ability to shed water, aesthetics, and of course any regulations your local authority may have in place.

The roof you choose to put on top of your shed is more than just capping off the finished product, it is perhaps one of its most important features. Each of the different styles has a lot to offer, take your time and choose the best one to fit your needs.

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Shed Roof Materials

What is Your Shed Roof Really Made Of?

After you make your decision regarding what type of shed roof would look best on top of your shed and get the job done right, it is time to start thinking about the materials you will need to get the job done. 

Bear in mind that any materials you choose need to be able to withstand any extremes in weather your area experiences. This includes extreme heat in the summer or cold in the winter, heavy snow loads, excessive amounts of rain, large amounts of ice, and or high winds.

Another important issue to keep in mind as you search for the right shed roof materials is that you, your family, your friends, and most importantly of all, your neighbors are going to have to look at your final choice for a very long time.

There are several materials to choose from, including wood and metal framing, asphalt shingles, tar/felt paper, sheet metal, terracotta tiles, and several others. Each of these different materials has its own advantages and disadvantages.

You can see my in depth comparison on shed roof materials here. I've also gone into more information on shed roof felt, because it is the most popular choice here

Here again, your local codes may have something to say in your final choice, so be sure to check them out before spending any money.

Shed Roof Pitch

You Can't Afford to Strike Out Here

Okay, so all puns aside, the pitch or angle of your shed roof has a very important role to play in how successful your entire garden shed is going to be.

Depending on where you live, it is quite possible that a flat roof on your shed will be quite capable of getting the job done. But the reality is that in most parts of the country, your roof will need at least a decent pitch if it is going to score a home run.

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Shed roof pitch is simply the amount of rise in the roof divided by the distance traveled. In simple terms, if your roof goes up 4 inches for every 12 inches of distance from the edge traveled, the shed roof pitch is described as 4:12.

  • Points to consider when deciding the pitch of your shed roof include:
  • How much rain/snow/ice your area gets in an average to above average year
  • How high the winds are likely to get in your area
  • Your personal tastes
  • Any local regulations or building codes, click here to be taken to your local building codes

You can use an online snow load calculator like this one to determine the snow load expectations in your region. When it comes to snow and ice, you should be aware that snow can weigh in at anywhere from 3 pounds per square inch (psi) to 21 psi.

Ice is even worse ranging from 5 psi all the way up to 27 psi, you are going to need a very strong roof to hold this kind of weight and one with a steep pitch to help both snow and ice to slide off rather than gather in place.

If you want to know more about the pitch of shed roofs then here is my detailed guide

Shed Roof Framing

I've Been Framed or at Least Your Shed Roof has…

If you are going to build any type of pitched roof for your shed, it will have a network or wooden or metal frames that must be able to support the weight of the structure itself and the covering you choose.

In essence, there are two basic styles of wooden roof frames in use today. These are the trussed roof and the cut roof. You will find that both styles of roof frame can be used to support the weight of the most commonly used roof coverings such as sheet metal and asphalt shingles.

You can see more detail about framing a shed roof yourself here

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Image courtesy of DIY Network of a typical truss or "A" frame style roof

The Trussed Frame

Most of us call this type of frame an “A” frame because of its shape. In many cases, these trusses or frames are built off-site in a factory or by a company that specializes in them.

The combination of rafters, jacks, and joists creates an extremely strong structure. This type of frame makes use of thinner boards while providing excellent strength, thereby reducing cost and environmental damage as they require less total wood to complete.

Pre-made roofing trusses come in an almost endless selection of sizes and shapes to suit virtually any type of roof. You can even order trusses that have been designed to create a large open space in the roof that can be used for storage or to create a room if your shed is large enough.

The Cut Roof Style Frame

This type of roof is made using rafters and other pieces that are cut on site by the carpenter who is building the roof.

These types of roof are typically used today to cover larger spans by using interior load bearing walls. But at the same time, if you have the appropriate skills, there is no reason why you couldn't technically build your own trusses from scratch or any other type of roof support.

Other Roof Truss Styles

The reality is that trusses are not one particular style or shape, they are built based on the needs of the particular structure being constructed. Here are some of the more common types of roof truss used in construction today:

  • Triple Howe: Used for exceptionally wide spans ranging from 54 to 80 feet
  • Room-in-Attic: Add living space to the attic in your shed
  • Scissor: Used in homes and other buildings to create a vaulted ceiling
  • Clerestory: Used in buildings with high walls that feature a row of narrow windows along the top

Shed Roof Construction

Getting the job done  

Now that you have a basic idea of what type of roof you want for your shed, what materials you will need, and what pitch is likely to be best, it is time to start thinking about the actual shed roof construction process.

If you have never built any type of roof, you should start out by taking the time to watch a few roof construction videos such as these:

 Shed Roof Framing

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and

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Here is one that covers building two different types of shed roof:

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No matter whether you choose to buy your trusses pre-made or build your entire roof on-site, be sure you take the time to study the various construction techniques such as those in the videos along with the information provided here codes to be sure the roof you are building meets these codes and standards.

One thing you can count on is the fact that if your roof does not meet local building codes, you will be tearing it down and starting all over.

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Roof Cladding

Keeping Mother Nature at Bay

The best way to describe roof cladding is to say that it is the outer waterproof layer of your shed roof. It is a protective layer intended to keep moisture from reaching the wooden structural components of your roof.

The best materials for use as roof cladding are those that are affordable, fireproof, weatherproof, low maintenance, able to insulate against changes in temperature and noise levels, and yet at the same time able to remain aesthetically pleasing to everyone, including that pain in the neck neighbor. 

  • Your location: The climate in your location plays a major role in your choice of materials.
  • Weight: Different types of cladding weigh more or less
  • Style: The style of your shed will also play a role in what type of cladding you choose.
  • Color: You may choose to go with one cladding over another based on the colors available.
  • Maintenance: Here again some choices of cladding require more maintenance than others.

The cladding is typically the last layer to be installed on the roof of your shed. It is installed over the waterproof membrane or final layer of shed roofing felt.

Here is a more detailed guide into the most popular shed roofing materials

Repairs and Maintenance

Installing a new shed roof is only the beginning of your shed ownership journey. No matter what type of roof you choose to install on your shed, at some point in time, it is going to require some form of repair or maintenance.

However, just because the wind blew a shingle or two off or your metal roof ended up with a hole in it, all is not lost.

In most cases, you can handle your own roof repairs and maintenance whether you built the roof or bought your shed ready to go. One of the most important things you can do to maximize the lifespan of your shed roof is to keep it clean (sweep or hose debris off and keep people off it).

The next step in caring for your roof is to repair any damage as soon as you notice it or you could easily find yourself being left with no choice but to tear the roof apart and rebuilding it from scratch.

Here is a quick roof maintenance video courtesy of Central Insurance for you to watch:

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Topping It All Off

So, if you are like me, you probably started reading this feeling a little intimidated by the idea of building a shed roof.

Despite the fact building a roof can be a little complicated, if you take your time and read through the information above, review the videos and the rest of the information by following the links, you should be well on your way to putting the perfect lid on your new garden shed.

I truly hope the information above helps you build and install the roof on your shed relatively worry free. I have enjoyed putting it all together for you.

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39 Shed Roof Designs and Ideas For Your Next Shed

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Who knew there were so many shed roof designs and ideas to put a lid on your shed?

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DID YOU KNOW the roof of your shed is far more than just a way to put a lid on it?

There is far more to a good roof than simple good looks, the best shed roof designs are a combination of looks, the right style,and the right materials.

I spent a lot of time looking for that one perfect roof to cap off all of the hard work I put into finding the right shed for my backyard project.

Here are some of the best shed roof designs and ideas I came up with, I hope you find what you are looking for amongst them.

1. Flat Roof

A Simple Way to Build a Shed Roof

If your after a simple shed build, and there's no concern of heavy snow, then a flat roof is a great choice

Although there is a slight angle, it is much simpler to build a flat roof than one that is pitched. Great idea for a first shed build

2. Gazebo Style Single Point Roof

A Roof for Taller Items

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There is something to be said for a high peak roof, especially if you live in snow country or in areas where the rains are heavy.

This photo shows a beautiful gazebo style single point roof that sits on the perfect wood storage shed, but you can use this type of roof on any style of shed.

3. Natural Roof

Give Your Shed a Natural Look

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Branches, leaves and different organic materials have been used for roofs for centuries in some parts of the world. Not only do these roofs help to insulate your shed, but they help the environment.

However, one word of caution, you need to have a waterproof base under it or your shed is likely to get wet.

4. Flat Tiered Roof

Tiny in Size but Big in Stature

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This roof is quite ingenious. Although we don't have an image from above, it is flat and has concealed guttering.

The flat roof is easy to build. but having it move water is the difficult bit. We think this has been done with rubber matting that gets put down with a heat gun/torch. If you know, contact us - we'd love to know

5. Wood Shingles

Old World Style and Strength

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Start this roof out with a series of log beams just like they used back in the good ole days and then cover with lathes and cedar shakes.

Not only does this give your shed a truly old world look, but cedar shakes will last for far longer than many brands of shingles.

6. What You Don't Want

The Last Thing You Want to See

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When it comes to garden shed roofs, the last thing you want to see is daylight, that is unless you have skylights built into it.

This particular roof has a lot of damage that has led to daylight being let in, along with rain, snow, birds, and just about anything else.

On the good side, if your roof looks like this your shed is getting plenty of ventilation.

7. Thinking Skylight

Let the Sun Shine In

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While adding windows to your garden shed is a great way to let in daylight, adding one or more skylights is even better.

Depending on the type of roof you have and how big your shed is you can add several skylights for extra light. If you install openable skylights, you can significantly increase your ventilation.

8. Open Pitched Roof

Add a Little Outdoor Workspace to Your Shed

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When you need more workspace than your shed has on the inside, why not add an extension to your roof and use is to create a covered outdoor workspace.

This open pitched roof design offers plenty of outdoor workspace and keeps you protected from the elements.

9. Fancy Fascia

Who Said Your Shed Shouldn't Be Pretty?

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Just because you are building a garden shed that few people are likely to see, doesn't mean it can't be pretty.

Why not add a fancy fascia like this to the front and back of your shed along the roof lines? What an easy way to dress up what would otherwise be a plain boring shed. (And please excuse the setting 🙂

10. Old Exposed Corrugated Iron

Nothing Like looking Old and Well Worn

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Not everyone wants a shed that looks brand new. You can probably find a ton of rusty corrugated iron or steel roofing in your local scrap yard that can be used to achieve this weathered look to your shed for a very reasonable price.

11. Flat Roof Extension

When You Need More Room in Your Shed

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If you are planning to build an extension onto the end of your shed, you have a couple of choices with regards to the type of roof to be used.

You could add onto the existing pitched roof, but this is likely to be very expensive.

Alternatively, you can add a flat pitched roof to the extension and save money while still adding a strong roof to the extension.

12. Round / Bunker Style

There Are No Corners to A Round Roof

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For those who remember the old military Quonset huts, this should look familiar. This round roof style helps keep the weather at bay and is exceptionally resistant to high winds.

While this type of roof might look strange, it is worth noting that many of the Quonset huts built in World War II are still standing and in use today.

13. Classic Pitched Roof

The Classic Timeless Look

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This is the classic styleroof most people think of when you start talking about roofs. You can adjust the pitch to meet your local building codes and weather conditions.

In this particular design, the builder added windows to the gables for added light.

14. Standard Roof Line

Corrugated Good Looks That Work

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Corrugated metal has been used for decades as roofing for everything from garden sheds to houses. It is a strong material that will provide decades of service, making it a very affordable investment.

You can let it slowly rust with age or keep it painted to make it look good and last longer.

15. Corrugated Bunker Shed Roof Design

Winning the War One Shed at a Time

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Just like the round roof style above, this is a Quonset hut style shed that looks a lot like a pipe that has been cut in half.

This particular one has been built using corrugated iron sheets. They offer plenty of strength and will keep your belongings safe and sound.

16. Living Roof / Green Roof

Mother Nature Will Provide for You

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There is nothing like a living roof for your shed, this type of roof is often made from sod, but in recent years many people are planting flowers as a way to contribute to feeding the birds and bees.

Once again remember to start out with a waterproof base to keep everything in your shed protected and dry.

17. Fiberglass

Solid, Safe, and Long Lasting

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Corrugated fiberglass roofing comes in wide range of colors and sizes. Fiberglass makes a perfect roofing material as it is lightweight, flexible, and weatherproof.

If you buy the right type of fiberglass, it will let plenty of light in so you can see what you are doing.

18. Spire

Are You Up for a Challenge?

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This spire style roof has four sides that peak in the middle and can be quite challenging to build. But as you can see from the photograph, your efforts will be well-rewarded.

This type of roof is also well suited to adding a cupola to your shed.

19. Steel on Steel

Steel, the Ultimate Roofing Material

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Corrugated steel has long been one of the most popular materials for use in garden sheds. It is easy to work with, strong, and very durable.

As long as you keep a fresh coat of paint on it, your steel roof should provide you with many years of reliable service.

20. Double Roof

Double the Protection

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Why not get fancy with your shed roof and build a double layer roof like this one? Done right, you add a space between the layers which will help add with more ventilation - great in warm and hot climates.

The overlapping layers will help keep most rain out, but this type of roof is best suited to arid climates where you never have to deal with much rain.

21. Chimney Roof

Beating the Cold of Old Man Winter

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If you live in an area where it gets cold enough that you need to add a wood stove, fireplace, or furnace to your shed, you need a roof that lets you add one or more chimneys.

This will help you provide for proper ventilation, just be sure you flash the chimneys to the roof properly so you don't have water coming in.

22. Dome Shape

Stunning Good Looks Even Your Neighbor Might Appreciate

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So you have decided to build a garden shed, but do you want a run of the mill shed or one with stunning good looks that are sure to catch everyone's eye. This round style shed with a dome roof is very European in design and might be just what you are looking for.

23. Dry Grass Roof

The Europeans Did It First

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Thatch is an extremely versatile material that has been used as roofing for centuries. One of the great things about thatch is that it can be molded to fit even the most unusually shaped roofs with ease.

While there is a certain amount of upkeep, thatch only gets better looking with age.

24. Ukrainian Style

Simple, Strong, Construction

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In the Ukraine, they have been building sheds with this style of roof for longer than most can remember.

The design doesn't call for the use of any kind of roof trusses as the interlocking shingles manage to stay strong by virtue of the way it has been put together.

25. Thatched Roof

Super Thick and Not Going Anywhere

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Building a super thick roof like this one might take a little more time, but depending on the type of materials you decide to use, this type of roof requires very little in the way of maintenance.

On top of this you can expect to get many years of service without having to worry about replacing it.

26. Triangle Shape

Simplicity is the Keyword Here

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If you are looking for one of the simplest sheds to build, this triangle design could be just what you are looking for.

The triangle roof also forms part of the walls and is perfect for use anywhere where there is a lot of snowfall in the winter.

27. Steel Pitched Roof

When You Have a Truly Big Shed

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Steel has long been the roofing material of choice for really large commercial and farm structures. Heavy gauge steel that has been powder coated can provide you with many years of reliable service.

It comes in sheets that are several feet wide and can be cut to fit the length of your roof. Steel roofing can be pitched to meet your needs based on the weather and is installed using screws that have rubber grommets on them to seal out the rains.

28. Close Up

Take a Good Close Look

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Here is a close up look at the point at which a simple corrugated iron roof is connected to the fascia panels.

As you can see, the steel has been folded over the edge of the fascia panel to help keep water, snow, and ice from seeping under the edge of the roof. It also extends over the soffits for the exact same reason.

29. Classic Barn

You Can See this Style Roof All Over the Country

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Farmers developed this barn style roof as a way to maximize the usable space in their barns. The double pitch of the roof can add many square feet of perfectly usable space to your garden shed and make it possible for you to stand up close to the walls.

30. Australian Style

In Australia, They Like Lots of Open Outdoor Space

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This roof is typical of those seen in the Australian outback where the sun only stops shining when the rains come pouring down.

With the extension added to your shed roof, you can create a porch for your shed that can be used as a protected workspace or simply somewhere to relax in the shade.

31. Shed Roof Plans

The Best Shed Roofs Start with a Good Plan

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No matter what kind of garden shed you plan to build, you should always start off with a good set of plans. Most plans will walk you through building the roof for your shed step-by-step and include a list of all the materials you are likely to need to get the job done.

32. Snow Ratings

If Your in an Area that Gets Snow, Think Snow Loads

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This type of roof is relatively easy to build, even for someone with only a little experience in building and construction.

You can adjust the pitch to meet your needs with regards to snow load or rain.

33. Wind Direction

They Call the Wind Mariah

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Once you have decided on the style of your shed, it is up to you to decide just how fancy you want to get.

Why not add a cupola to the top of your roof with a custom weathervane on it? This way you get to add extra ventilation to your shed and will always know which way the wind is blowing.

34. Dutch Gables

Add a Little European Character to Your Shed

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In Europe, it is not uncommon for roofs to be steeply pitched, especially in the Netherlands where winters tend to bring a lot of snow.

In this image, the builder has added gables to the roof, which not only add character but also add ventilation and light.

35. Unusual Overhang

Keep the Rains at Bay

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Adding a little extra overhang to your shed's roof will not add much extra work or cost to the design. But the extra overhang can help keep the rains and snows out of the doorway, which means out of your shed as well.

36. Colored Roof

No One Wants a Boring Shed Roof

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Add a little style and flair to your shed by using colored materials to build the roof.

Alternatively, you can paint just about any type of roofing material to match your tastes. Bold and bright is always a great alternative to plain and boring.

37. Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Roof

And Now for Something Completely Different

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In countries like Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Slovenia half-hipped roofs like this one are common on shed, barns, and even some houses.

The design is simple and provides a steep surface that helps snow and ice slide off the surface.

38. Ceramic vs. Concrete Tile

Putting Mother Nature to Work for You

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Stone coated roofing is not only aesthetically pleasing but offers a lot of strength and durability. Stone can stand the test of time better than practically any other material known to man.

The stones are attached to a substrate to ensure that they remain in place and keep everything in your shed cozy and dry.

39. Attic Space in Your Roof

Add a Little Extra Ventilation to Your Shed

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By adding a steeply pitched roof to your shed, you have room to add in soffit and gable ventilation that will help keep your shed well-ventilated during the hottest dog days of summer.

You can also add in a couple of dormer style windows for even more ventilation.

Putting a Lid On It All

The roof of your shed is perhaps one of its most important features. I enjoyed putting together this selection of shed roof designs and ideas after spending countless hours of research trying to find the perfect roof for my shed.

Each of the different styles has something to offer, in the end it is up to you to decide which one works best for you. I hope you find the perfect roof to put a lid on all of your hard work building your own garden shed.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the pictures of these very cool shed roof designs and ideas as much as I have enjoyed collecting them and that they have inspired you to go the extra mile in choosing the perfect roof for your garden shed.

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