Sheds don’t get the recognition they deserve – we’re not about to start a Facebook group to conjure up support for the cause, but this doesn’t mean we can’t take time to appreciate sheds and what they do for us. From storing garden equipment to items that haven’t earned a place in the home but we can’t bear the idea of getting rid of, sheds can do it all. But what type of roof do sheds have? And why is this even important?
The Science Behind Shed Roofs – Types of Shed Roofs
Sheds are like almost all other structures in that they need a roof to protect them from the elements and keep out water- otherwise, your lawn mower will be in a lake during the rainy season. Many different types of shed roofs exist, so understanding which one you have is key for maintenance and repair.
The most common shed roof type is the gable roof, which is formed by two sloping sides that meet at the peak. This type of design works brilliantly (shed manufacturers probably would have given up on it by now if it didn’t!) because it allows water and snow to slide off easily. In short, this means less maintenance for you later. Gable roofs come in different designs such as flat, pitched, hip end and combination roofs.
Another of the shed roof types is a Mansard style, which is formed by two sloping sides with a change in slope at the top. Depending on who you speak to, this style also goes by the name of French Roof and can be found on many historic homes. Mansard roofs are ideal for creating extra usable space such as rooms or attics in sheds, although they require more materials than gable roofs.
Finally, let’s not forget the Gambrel roof which has two sides that meet at the ridge and then slope away towards a lower edge. Gambrel roofs look great on sheds and tend to look better than other types of shed roof designs. They are also easier to construct, but again they require more materials than gable roofs so that’s something to bear in mind when planning your DIY project.
Tips to Look After Your Shed Roof
Often, sheet metal and asphalt shingles are used to make roofs for sheds, although it’s not unheard of to find wooden shingle roofs and a variety of other materials. Whatever the material, whatever the style, you can keep your shed in the best condition by firstly keeping an eye on it.
Regular roof inspections, say once every few months or so, can help you spot potential problems before they get any worse. If you do find a problem, contact a sheet metal shop in Daytona for advice. You can also look at getting professional help for more complicated repairs such as replacing broken tiles or shingles.
After this, get into positive habits such as removing any debris (such as leaves) that have accumulated near or around the roof, trimming back trees whose branches are too close to the shed, and checking that all seals are still intact.
Finally, check around your shed for any signs of water damage. Water stains on walls are sure to get the heart rate increasing, and it’s no surprise because we’ve all seen the damage that water can do. With a keen eye and professional help, you’ll keep your shed in amazing condition.
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