When you made the decision to buy a shed, your first thought probably wasn’t the kind of roof you would pick out. You might not have even known that there were so many different kinds of roof styles. Skillion? Gable? Flat? Truss?
If you’re completely lost with all of the options, don’t worry. In this post, we’re going to explore the different roof styles offered on EasyShed so that you can be confident in your choice. Based on the weather in your area, the purpose of your shed, and your own personal style, you’ll know exactly what kind of roof will be perfect for you.
So, what are the options?
As we mentioned, EasyShed offers four roof options: flat, skillion, gable, and truss. These all refer to the angle and construction of the roof, and you’ll see that each offers some unique advantages.
1. Flat Roof
A flat roof construction means that the roof on your shed will be - well - flat on top. With its simple look and cheap construction, this is a popular option for many shed owners.
Some of the advantages of this style roof is that it’s strong enough to hold plants or grass. And with the money that you can save on this simpler construction, you can make that roof garden absolutely stunning.
Even if you don’t plan on placing anything on the top of the roof, this simple design will be right at home next to any style house. Its simplicity and minimalist look make it a timeless addition to your outdoor space.
One disadvantage to this style roof is that it’s not ideal for air circulation. That’s fine if you’re going to use your shed strictly for storage. But, if you can see yourself spending time in your shed for projects or as an entertainment space, it could get pretty toasty on sunny days.
Another thing to consider when it comes to the flat roof is how much rainfall or snow you get in your region. Because, while a flat roof does have an imperceptible slant to prevent water pooling, too much water too quickly can become a hazard. Heavy snow also will need to be shoveled off to prevent strain on the roof.
The skillion style roof has an angle so that one wall is taller than the other three. This slant can do wonders to make your shed look modern and chic, while adding more headspace inside.
Skillion roof sheds can stand alone or they can be placed next to the wall of your house to look like an extension of your home. Some owners have even taken advantage of the sloped style to install a solar panel.
The angle of the skillion roof makes it much easier to clear off debris, and there’s less of a chance of rain or snow accumulating on top. And, although this style is slightly more expensive than a flat roof, it’s still one of the cheaper roof options available.
The only drawback when it comes to a skillion roof is the durability in extreme weather. A skillion roof isn’t going to be as reinforced as some of the other options we’ll mention later on, which is fine in most areas. But if you live in a region with high winds, a skillion roof might not be the best choice.
There’s also the issue of heat. One large roof piece can translate to a very hot shed, which is something to consider if you’ll be using your shed for personal use or even storage of temperature-sensitive materials. These sheds, like the flat roof shed, are perfect for a shaded area. You might also consider installing an air-conditioning unit.
3. Gable Roof
This is our most popular roof option, because it is ideal for anything you can envision for your shed. Plus, its cute cottage look gives a sense of homeyness and peace to your outdoor space.
A gable roof is going to provide more comfortable headspace, while also helping to keep the inside of the shed cooler. That’s because the eaves of the roof provide shade on the exterior walls, while the higher ceiling allows for better air circulation.
While this option is slightly more expensive than a flat or skillion roof, you’ll appreciate the versatility of the space. Because while you may only be using your shed for storage now, it would be great to have a shed that you can convert into something new in the future - a work space, an artist’s retreat, an outdoor play room for the kids, you name it.
The only consideration when it comes to a gable roof is that you need a really stable base. A gable roof without proper support may be at risk for collapse over time.
4. Truss Roof
A truss roof is going to give you the most stability and durability in your shed. It’s made with metal reinforcements, which are necessary for larger sheds. It also means that if you live in an area with extreme weather, you won’t have to worry about your shed even during high winds, rains, or snow.
This roof option is going to be more expensive than the other options on this list, but it will give you peace of mind. And it will allow you to get a larger shed if you’re interested in using your space as a garage, yoga studio, wood shop, etc.
Now that you know more than you probably ever thought you would about different kinds of shed roofs, it’s time to find out what’s best for you! Here’s a quick run-down on what we’ve discussed.
- Flat and skillion roofs are the cheapest options. They’re simple and great for sheds that will be used as storage spaces.
- A gable roof peaks at the center of your shed with eaves that hang over the side. This will make your shed cooler and more spacious inside. It’s great for any use, and will give you a cute cottage look.
- A truss roof is basically a gable roof with some extra strength. These steel reinforcements allow us to create larger and sturdier sheds, and help protect your shed from extreme weather.
- In regions with high winds, heavy rainfall, or snow, the best options will be gable and truss roofs. You can also get away with a skillion roof in climates that fall between mild and harsh.
Obviously, you want to get a roof that is both pleasing to look at and appropriate for your location and needs. We hope that with this information, you can choose a roof that checks all the boxes!
And if you need some additional help, why not give us a call? We can talk the whole thing out so that you know you’re getting the best shed for your needs!
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