Tips on Building a Shed Roof

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Tips on Building a Shed Roof
The style of roof dictates the style of construction of sheds. (Heritage Storage Shed image by spi4u2 from Fotolia.com)

When it comes to sheds, the roof is your architect. The type of design that you choose for a shed is predicated to a substantial degree on the type of roof you choose. Among your choices are gabled, saltbox and gambrel roofs. Framing of the roof will dictate how complicated overall construction will be as well.

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Lean-To (Shed) Roof

If you just want an easy job building a shed with a minimal outlay of time, energy, money and space, go for the lean-to roof. The lean-to is, after all, also known as a shed roof. The lean-to has a roof that slopes down toward the doorway. The space inside is dependent upon the width and height of the sloping roof.

Roof Vents

If you want to avoid having to deal with a shed interior that is burning up during the summer, you need to install roof vents. When utilised in concert with soffit vents, roof vents can keep the interior of your shed significantly cooler. A small lean-to will benefit from roof vents much less than a large shed in which you may actually be doing work.

Roofing Materials

According to "The Complete Outdoor Builder," asphalt shingles are the most affordable material for shed roofs, because they are durable and require little maintenance. If you want your shed to sport more aesthetic style, go with cedar shingles. If you want a roof material that won't take long to install, go with either tapered shingles or metal roofing.

Five Sided Roof

If the landscape on which you plan to build your shed is suitable, a five-sided cabana-style design can fit tightly into one corner. The five-sided roof is not a job for the beginner, but if you are knowledgeable or can get an expert roofer to help, the pentagon design adds a striking quality to a simple shed.

Hip Roof

While framing of a five-sided roof shed is one of the most complicated, the hip-roof is one of the simpler roof designs to build. You can make the construction of a hip-roof shed even easier by building the frame on the floor before you build the shed walls. The roof can then be attached after the walls have been framed and the roof sheathing has been applied. You'll need four relatively strong people to lift up the roof, but it's much easier than trying to build the roof after you've built the shed walls.

Extended Patio Roof

You might consider extending the roof of the shed out over some beams to create a covered patio.This extension of the roof is particularly useful if you plan on building the shed for the purpose of an outdoor kitchen or grilling station. The extended roof will allow you to escape the rays of the sun as well as precipitation.

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