Aside from getting the best materials for your shed and looking into a suitable foundation for your unit, selecting the proper shed roof style for the intended purpose of your shed is an important consideration. The roof of your unit is a feature of your shed and its purpose is not only to make it stronger, but also to create a nice overall view to your shed.
The Exterior Design
Many people overlook the importance of exterior design. The exterior of your home makes a statement, not only of the house itself but its immediate surroundings, that is, the garden it is sitting in.
The roof of your shed should be a major consideration as it can totally change the overall look of your home and how you feel about your settings; it can also help improve the value of your home, or otherwise.
There are a lot of shed roof styles, but selecting the proper one should be based on aesthetics. The main factor would include the roof style that exists on the home. While it is acceptable to vary or mix and match to some extent, you should always aim to have a shed roof that complements the existing home.
Also cost and the ability to stand extreme weather conditions come into play, depending on your situation. Here, we discuss the different styles of roofs, their advantages and disadvantages and how to select the right one for your unit.
Choosing the right Shed Roofing Style
The five common shed roof styles that you can choose from including:
1. Gambrel Roofs
The gambrel roof is very popular on barns because of the extra attic space it allows. This type of shed roof is best if you need more space. The roof consists of two slopes that meet and create a sharp angle at the peak line; this produces more ceiling space. A gambrel roof can also stand strong winds so they are best if you have your shed in an open windy space. Gambrel roofs are one of the most expensive shed roof types.
2. Gable Roofs
A gable roof is the most common shed roof style. It has the simple and conventional triangular shape; it is practical and very easy to build. Gable roofs can stand different climates; however, it can be easily damaged by high winds. Just like the gambrel roof, it can add an extra area of space in the attic area, but it is generally more affordable than gambrel roofs.
3. Salt-Box Roofs
The salt-box roof is like a gable roof, only one side of the roof is shorter than the other making it look asymmetrical. A salt-box roof is best if you need some space for your loft and you have limited building area for your unit. These roofs are also more resistant to winds.
4. Hip Roofs
A hip roof consists of four sides or slopes. Because of the four sloping sides of the roof it is generally harder to build than gable roofs (it requires more comprehensive trusses), but the four slopes also make this roof style sturdier and more resistant to strong winds. It is also more expensive; yet do not create extra space in the attic. For those who will be constructing their sheds in higher areas, hip roofs are excellent choices.
5. Lean-To Roofs
Lean-to roofs are the simplest of all shed roof styles and it is a common style seen in smaller sheds. A lean-to roof only has a single slope, which is best if your building space is limited, or you have a small materials budget. Although it does not allow extra space in the roof, the single slope allows snow or rainwater to fall easily from the roof.
To select the right shed roof, check which style will harmonize with your home, make sure to consider the costs, the area where you are going to build your shed, your need for extra space and the weather.
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