Shed Roof Building Plans – What is the Best Roof?

You've built your foundation and walls for your shed. We need to protect everything we're going to put in our shed. As you know there are many different types of roof's to consider. Before we can talk about shed roof building plans, we need to learn about our options.

The first thing we need to decide is what kind of roof we'll build for our shed. Some of our options include:

  • Pent – also referred to as a flat roof. This roof is easy to build, but not very effective if weather conditions include a lot of rain or snow.

  • Gable – is a simple duo-pitch roof truss. The angle can vary from the typical 20 degrees to 70 degrees on a high-pitched roof shed.

  • Hip – are similar to gable roofs, but the end-wall slopes in, so that all four faces of the roof slope towards the ridge. Hip roofs are more complex, but look great.

  • Gambrel – also known as the barn roof. This roof offers a lot of internal headroom.

  • Salt Box – is not symmetrical, one of the eaves is a lot lower than the other. This roof was designed for its strength to resist the wind coming in from the sea. The design is kind of like an extension of the gable roof with one side forming a lean to extension. This roof reminds me of the roof from an old favorite television show, Little House on the Prairie.

Having a strong durable roof is very important. When choosing your roof there are a few things you should consider before you decide which is best for you. Be sure to consider weather conditions your shed will be subject to. Gable is good if rain or snow is in the forecast. Hip and Salt Box are great for high wind areas. Pent is convenient because they're easy to build, but not the best roof to have if you get a lot of rain or snow. Select the type of roof that meets the needs of your shed project.

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