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  • Writer's picturePhil Graybill

"Comparing Roof Angles: How to Choose the Best Roof Style for Your Shed"

As with many purchases in life, there are quite a few choices to make when choosing the building that fits your needs. With a little bit of information on the different options available, these choices can be quite easy to make.

There are only a few basic roof styles when it comes to sheds, cabins, garages or other backyard buildings.

Single slope roof or lean to roof.

A single slope shed roof, also known as a monopitch roof, is a type of roof that consists of a single, inclined plane. It is one of the simplest and most economical roof designs, and is commonly used in residential, commercial, and agricultural buildings.

The pitch of a single slope shed roof is the angle of the slope, and is typically expressed in degrees. The pitch of a roof is determined by a number of factors, including the climate, the type of roofing material being used, and the desired aesthetic.

Single slope shed roofs are a popular choice for a number of reasons. They are simple to construct, economical, and can be used on a variety of building types. They are also energy efficient, as they allow for the easy installation of insulation.

However, single slope shed roofs can also have some disadvantages. They can be more susceptible to wind damage than other types of roofs, and they can also be more difficult to ventilate.

Backyard shed with a single slope roof.
Gray Single Slope roof.

A-frame roof - probably the most common roof used.

An A-frame shed roof, also known as a gable roof or peaked roof, is a common roofing style characterized by two sloping sides that meet at a ridge or peak. It is a simple and cost-effective design that is widely used in residential and commercial construction, particularly for sheds, garages, and small outbuildings.

A-frame roofs are known for their structural stability and ability to shed water and snow efficiently. The triangular shape of the roof provides additional support and rigidity, making it resistant to strong winds and heavy loads. The sloping sides allow for easy drainage of rainwater and melted snow, preventing water accumulation and potential leaks.

Specifically on sheds, the A-frame roof style allows us to use higher side walls of almost 8' high like a residential house. Portable sheds are limited in their height because of the need to be legal when transporting them down the road to their new location.

A-frame roofs are often chosen for their aesthetic appeal as well. The simple and classic design can complement various architectural styles, from traditional to modern. Additionally, the triangular shape of the roof can create a sense of height and spaciousness in the interior of the building when utilized as a cathedral ceiling inside.

Overall, A-frame shed roofs are a practical and versatile roofing option that offers structural stability, efficient water drainage, and aesthetic appeal.

Barn style roof or gambrel roof.

A gambrel shed roof is characterized by its double-sloped sides, creating a distinctive, symmetrical appearance. Each side of the roof has two slopes — the upper slope is positioned at a shallower angle, while the lower slope is much steeper. This design not only contributes to the classic aesthetic often associated with barns but also maximizes the usable space underneath the roof. The steeper lower slopes allow for a taller loft area within barns and sheds, providing more storage or living space.

The gambrel roof design is a popular choice for contemporary barns and sheds due to its combination of practicality and visual appeal. It shortens an otherwise tall roof and has been a staple in American architecture since the late 1600s, particularly in Dutch Colonial-style houses, Georgian-style homes, farmhouses, and even accentuating some mansions.

Overall, the gambrel shed roof is a functional, aesthetically pleasing option that adds charm and significant space to outbuildings like sheds and barns. These buildings fit into many different settings and are often chosen because they allow for loft space in the ceiling. This style roof is popular for cabins as it provides a loft for storage or a sleeping area in finished out buildings.

Depending on your needs, these buildings work very well to provide plenty of storage overhead while leaving your floor space available.

Give us a call and we would love to help you choose the building that best suits your needs!

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