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Shed roof ideas: Shed roofing materials for every style and budget

Garden sheds come in so many different designs – especially when it comes to the roof. Here, we’ll give you some excellent shed roof ideas to suit every style and budget.

Picking the right shed roof is super important – not only will it affect the way your shed looks, but it’ll also affect how it works and how long it’ll last. After all, the last thing you want is to have to replace it a couple of years down the line because it leaks. If you’re unsure what material to choose, check out these shed roof ideas for some inspiration. But first…

Shed roof design considerations

When choosing your shed roofing materials, there are a number of things you’ll want to bear in mind. These include:

  • Pitch. There are only a few shed roofing materials that will work for flat roofs. On the other hand, if your shed has a pitched roof, you’ll have much more choice as they’re more resistant to water ingress
  • Waterproof qualities. It goes without saying that your choice of shed roofing material will need to be waterproof, but ideally, it should also be able to withstand a buildup of snow and ice. Pay attention to how your shed roof is installed, as this will also affect its waterproofing abilities
  • Aesthetics. Unless your shed is hidden out of view, you’ll want to select a roofing material that you find relatively attractive and that fits in with the appearance of your home and garden
  • Budget. Different shed roofing materials come at very different price points. Be aware of your budget before selecting a material and explore all your options. You might find you can get a similar look for less
  • Durability. You’ll want to select a material that can withstand harsh weather such as strong winds and heavy rain, and that has as long a lifespan as possible within your budget
  • Maintenance. Consider how much maintenance you’re willing to take on. Are you happy to undertake minimal patching and painting work on a regular basis, or would you prefer a totally hands-off approach?
  • Professionally installed or DIY shed roof. Some shed roof designs will be easier to install than others. If you’re hoping to install your shed roof yourself, you’ll need to select roofing materials that are suited to DIY installation
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Flat garden shed roof ideas

Flat roofs, also known as shallow roofs, have a pitch of less than 10 degrees. Of course, these kinds of roofs don’t allow for as much water runoff as pitched roofs, so you’ll need to select your roofing material accordingly. Generally, bitumen roofing felt and EPDM rubber roofing are seen as the best options, as they have unbroken coverage that won’t encourage water ingress.

1. Bitumen shed roofing felt

shed roofing felt

Roofing felt is one of the most popular materials around for shed roofs – especially those that are flat. It’s cost-effective, easy to install, and won’t require much maintenance. It can last anywhere between 10 and 30 years although it can easily become damaged during periods of extreme weather.

2. EPDM rubber roofing for sheds

rubber roofing for sheds

EPDM rubber roofing is another popular shed roof idea that will work for a flat roof. It’s a little more expensive than roofing felt for sheds but still very cost-effective. Plus, it’s more durable and can last up to 50 years. The only downside is that it doesn’t look as appealing as some other options, but it’s a fantastic choice if you’re looking at performance alone.

Pitched shed roof covering ideas

Pitched roofs are roofs that are slanted at an angle of at least 10 degrees. This helps with water runoff, which means you’ll have a bigger choice of materials to choose from. That’s right, as well as choosing from the options we’ve already listed, you can also select from any of the following shed roof ideas if you have a shed with a pitched roof.

3. Clay roof tiles

shed roof covering ideas

Clay tiles are among the priciest shed roofing materials you’ll find  – but they’re also arguably the most beautiful. Plus, they’re extremely durable and have been known to last in excess of 60 years. Just bear in mind that clay tiles are heavy so they’re not suitable for small or lightweight sheds – rather, they make the perfect roof covering for larger sheds made from sturdy materials such as brick.

4. Shed roof felt shingles

shed roof felt shingles

If you don’t have the budget for clay tiles but you want to achieve a similar look, felt shingles are your friend. Much more cost-effective, they come in a range of colours and shapes to mimic more expensive tiles – making them a great budget-friendly alternative for someone with expensive taste! Although they’re not the hardest-wearing option, they still offer good water resistance and can last for over 10 years.

5. Rubber shingles

rubber shingles

Rubber shingles are becoming increasingly popular for shed roofs. Not only do they have a lifespan of up to 50 years but they’re also easy to install and eco-friendly. Although they’re only water-resistant as opposed to waterproof, they are durable and look very similar to traditional shingles.

6. Wood shingles

wood shakes

Wood shingles are long-lasting and extremely beautiful. However, they require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best, and they come with a hefty price tag too. If you’re interested in investing in this gorgeous roofing material, you’ll need a shed roof with a steeper pitch of at least 14 degrees to give water adequate runoff.

7. Wood shakes

wood shingles shed roof ideas

Wood shakes are similar to wood shingles except they offer a rougher, uneven finish that will add depth and texture to your shed roof design. So, they’re arguably even more eye-catching. The tradeoff is that they require an even steeper pitch of at least 20 degrees – this may not be ideal in many respects, but it will ensure that your shed roof is weather-resistant and will stand the test of time.

8. Bitumen roofing sheets

bitumen sheets shed roofing materials

Bitumen roofing sheets are easy to install and extremely cost-effective, making them a super popular shed roofing material – especially when it comes to larger structures. It comes in lots of different colours and finishes but is generally corrugated, bringing depth and texture to your shed roof. As if this wasn’t enough, bitumen roofing sheets also have a decent lifespan of around 20 years – and they’ll be really easy to replace when the time comes!

9. Polycarbonate roof sheets

polycarbonate roof sheets

Just like bitumen roofing sheets, polycarbonate sheets are easy to install and highly cost-effective. Plus, they have the added benefit of letting plenty of light into your shed. As well as being able to withstand heavy impact (such as from falling debris), polycarbonate roof sheets can be ordered cut to size to make installation even simpler.

10. Metal roof sheets

metal roofing sheet

Metal roof sheets are extremely strong, durable, and weather-resistant. They’re also reasonably priced, meaning you get a lot for your money! When metal roof sheets are looked after properly, they can last up to 25 years – so, it’s no surprise that this shed roof idea is rapidly gaining in popularity.

11. Metal roofing shingles

metal shingles

Metal shingles could be seen as the perfect cross between tiles and roofing sheets. They come with a similar price tag and durability to metal roof sheets and they’re similarly easy to install since they come in packs that lock together. However, they look very similar to shingles making them a fantastic choice if you’re after a more traditional look in your garden.

Alternative shed roofing materials

These shed roofing materials may not be as traditional as some of the others we’ve covered. However, if you’re looking for something a bit different to give your garden some pizzazz, here are some shed roof ideas to consider.

12. A green roof

DIY shed roofing ideas

A green roof is one that’s wholly or partially covered in vegetation. Not only does creating a green roof on your shed help it to blend in with its surroundings, but it’s also a fantastic way to support biodiversity. That said, a green roof costs substantially more than most of these other shed roof ideas and will require you to reinforce and waterproof your roof.

13. An artificial grass shed roof

artificial grass shed roofing ideas

If you love the look of green roofs but don’t want the hassle of installing and maintaining one, an artificial turf shed roof could be just your cup of tea. It won’t come with the same benefits to biodiversity. However, it will look great and will be surprisingly durable, lasting up to 25 years.

DIY shed roofing ideas

Wondering which of these shed roofing ideas would be easiest to install on a DIY basis?

Shed felt

If you’re keen to install your shed roof yourself, shed felt will probably be the simplest option. It comes in rolls and is lightweight, so you’ll usually be able to install it by yourself. You’ll just need to cut it to the right size, stick it to the shed roof, and then use nails to finish fixing it in place.

Bitumen or polycarbonate roofing sheets

Alternatively, you could look into using bitumen or polycarbonate roofing sheets.

These are easy to install as instead of having to attach individual tiles, you just need a few sheets to cover your roof. You can even get polycarbonate sheets made to measure so that you don’t need to do any cutting yourself. Just bear in mind that roofing sheets are much bigger and bulkier than shed felt. So you may need another pair of hands to help hold sheets in place while you attach them.

Call in the experts

Don’t have the time or inclination to install your shed roof yourself? Or keen on a shed roofing material that’s not quite so easy to install? In this case, why not simply get the help of an expert?

Not only will they be able to install your shed roof to a professional standard that will stand the test of time. They’ll also be able to advise you on the best shed roof ideas for your needs. Simply enter your postcode below to get started.

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