Building A Shed Roof

The shed roof you chose when building your own shed can dramatically influence the look of your shed. Here are some of the most common shed roof designs around today.

Mono Pitch or Pent Roof – This is one of the simplest designs with a gentle slope to allow rain water to run off properly. A pent roof is a small single-slope roof that is attached to a house just above the first floor’s windows and doors. Although some describe it as a small porch roof, it’s self supporting, without posts, columns or brackets.

Hipped Roof – A low-pitched roof that allows rain and snow to run off easily, the hipped roof also allows for large eaves on a building. This style of shed roof is normally considered the most attractive. This roof is similar to the gable roof in style, but the ends of the roof slope to the ridge instead of being a vertical face. The hipped ends are a very pleasing architectural feature since they reduce the visual bulk of the shed. Many summer homes use hipped roofs since roof storage is not a strong requirement.

Gambrel Roof – Also known as the barn roof. This is a two-sided roof with a double slope on each side, with the lower slope having the steeper pitch. This roof is framed similarly to the pitch roof or hip roof. The slope of the roof however is broken at a point between the plate and the ridge.

Salt Box Roof - The Salt Box style roof is a roof with 2 different pitches. The ridge of a Salt Box roof is not in the center of the building. The door on a Salt Box may be in the high side or end. The presentation of a Salt Box roof is most often from the high side, so plan your shed layout accordingly.

Gable Roof – This is one of the most common and familiar roof types. This roof has two sloping surfaces one on each side of the center line of the shed, coming together at the ridge in the middle. This form of roof is very common and simple in design. It is also more economical than some of the other roof types.

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