Best Roofing Materials For A Gable-Style Shed Roof

Posted on: 20 January 2016

Gable-style shed roofs have the classic upside-down V-shape with two upwards-sloping sides that meet at a peak. The shape is one of the most common residential roof styles and is a good way to match your shed to your home's architecture.

If you have or want to purchase a gable-style shed roof, the choice of roofing material can determine the attractiveness, functionality, and durability of the roof. What are some of the best roofing materials for a gable-style shed roof?

Asphalt Roll or Shingles

Asphalt roofing is generally affordable, durable, and low-maintenance. The material is also lightweight and easy to install, which is a major selling point if you plan to install the roof without the assistance of a roofing contractor. Asphalt roofing comes in two main styles: roll roofing and shingles.

Asphalt roll roofing involves large sheets of very thin asphalt that can be quickly stretched across the roof and secured into place for a finished project. Roll roofing is very affordable and offers a lot of the durability of asphalt shingles. But the thinner material means that the roofing is still less durable than shingles and the material also can't receive some of the fabrication upgrades that keep asphalt shingles from looking overly plain or industrial.

Asphalt shingles can be fabricated to resemble wood shakes or slate, although the phoniness might be more obvious on a shed roof, which is easily seen close-up from the ground.

Asphalt shingles are also still lightweight, which means that high winds going up the sloping sides of the shed roof might loosen or remove the shingles. This is especially a problem if the shingles overhang the edges of the roof at any point.

Wood Shakes

Wood shakes are made from cedar wood that can then be stained a variety of colors that can give your shed roof the classic look of a small cottage or home. The shakes are heavier than asphalt so they aren't as much of a flight risk in high winds.

Wood does cost more than asphalt, but working on a shed roof means that you don't have to buy as much total material so the price still might come far within your budget. Shakes are more high maintenance than asphalt since wood is more vulnerable to temperature changes and insect damage. But you can easily monitor and maintain a shed roof so these, again, might not be huge issues when dealing with a shed roof installation. To learn more, contact someone like Darr Roofing

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