If you’ve just built a shed, you will need an equally protective roofing for sheds as you do your home! Sheds can be pushed aside when it comes to weather, but they will need the same protective measures your house gets if you plan on using it to store wood, tools, or other equipment. Below are the three most common roofing materials for sheds along with the benefits and downsides to point you in the right direction.
Roll roofing is by far the least expensive option to go. Resembling asphalt shingles in appearance, roll roofing comes in 100 square foot, three foot wide rolls. Roll roofing is in fact composed the same as the asphalt shingles, but is typically thinner than asphalt shingles. Usually installed on low angle roofs, roll roofing makes a convenient roof for most sheds. The life expectancy for roll roofing is only five to eight years and is aesthetically lacking according to popular belief.
Wood Shingles and Shakes
Shakes and wood shingles provide a very beautiful aesthetic roofing for sheds. The price of your shed’s roof does go up with this option, but there are also many more options for you to choose from. Both shingles and shakes come in a variety of wood types and colors as well as multiple shape patterns. The difference between the two also gives you another option; with shingles being thin and manufactured smooth slats of wood and shakes being hand split from logs giving it a tapered, textured, and more natural appearance. Being made of wood, they will need to be treated to withstand exposure from the elements. Good quality shakes and shingles can last 30 to 40 years.
Asphalt shingles are probably the most common roofing for sheds. More expensive than roll roofing but less that wood roofs, asphalt shingles still come in a variety of shapes and colors. This can allow you to match your house, or have its own style and flair. With a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years, all the choices, and moderate price, adding the ease of installation makes the popularity of this option puts this roofing material “on top” of this list.