How to Build Your Own Shed: Roofing Styles

The roof of the shed is a very important factor to consider when building a shed – not only because it protects the whole shed from varying weather conditions but also since it adds beauty to the overall look of the shed. There are several considerations that must be taken in the construction of the roof, and this article will look at the waterproofing aspect of how to build your own shed and its roof.

Flat Roofs

Although this may be the easiest to construct, this type of roofing comes to a great disadvantage when it comes to waterproofing. Flat roofs have a pitch of o-10 degrees, and in these cases make a very poor pitch for making water run down. Chances are, the water will get stuck somewhere in the roof and cause a big deal of problems as time passes by, especially in the cases of dead flat or zero degree pitched roofs. Thus, sheds located in areas frequented by rain and snow will do well by making use of other roof pitches or types.

Low Pitch Roofs

This roof pitch has an angle of 10 to 20 degrees, are suitable for sheds located in places where rain and snow are frequent but not as harsh. The angle of the roof does a good job of making water run-off successfully, although there may be problems with snow clinging and getting stuck in the roof’s surface. As such, it is necessary to take into consideration the water proof underlay to be used. Local Hardware stores have a variety of such underlay materials and it is best to consult which is most fitting.

High Pitch Roofs

These are the types of shed roofs which have and angle of 20 degrees or even more (although in general, 30 degrees is the maximum). These types of roof require special materials like concrete tiles which have interlocking properties – a property that deters the tiles from falling down and causing the damage to the roof and the person under it. The main benefit of this type of roof is that it allows for great water and snow-run-off, although there may be instances where the snow and water gets stuck in the protruding parts of the tiles. Still, for sheds located in places where heavy rains and snow falls down more often, this type of roof is a much better choice than the other two mentioned above.


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