Last Updated on June 26, 2022 by Gary Stephen
A garden shed can be a wonderful boon. It helps you keep all the less aesthetically pleasing gardening tools out of sight when they’re not in use. Moreover, this shed provides a dry space to keep things that need to be kept dry, and can help keep your gardening organized. This being said, if the garden shed is struggling to perform its basic duties, things can get a little frustrating. The following will explore a few tips for the process of getting your garden shed set up (or repairing a dilapidated one). However, we will focus on one aspect of your garden shed in particular: the roof.
Understand Your Shed Roof Situation
Before you dive into the world of selecting your roofing type, you want to first gain a sense of your current roofing situation. Look for damage, cracks, missing shingles, or other problems but be careful while you do so. If you’re unable to get a good look at the roof or are uncomfortable doing so, even if you have access, you can always seek out a professional roof inspection. It’s vital that you only tackle things you feel confident you can handle safely with any home repair project.
Consider Roofing Types
When you’re looking into garden shed roofing, there are several factors you’re going to want to consider:
No matter what your budget and tastes, there is going to be a roofing style that suits your needs. There are many traditional options, but don’t be afraid to open yourself up to green roofing if that works for your yard. This is a type of roofing where plants are grown atop, creating a hobbit-Esque cottage core sort of vibe.
Consider Storage And Weight Requirements
Some people store quite a lot in their garden sheds. This sometimes requires hanging things from the ceiling or installing floating shelves up above for larger objects like bikes. Be sure to consider how much weight your roof needs to hold. Hence, be clear with the roofing team you’re working with about these needs. Beyond this, if you’re going to be storing plants within the garden shed and need light from a certain side or angle, you want to think about skylights or rooftop features that allow sunlight to enter the space. Be sure to be aware of the direction the sun comes from when making these choices. You’re going to get more sun from the southern direction than the northern one.
Salvaged Shed Roof Materials
Because garden sheds tend to be smaller than homes and other constructions, you have a lot more options when selecting materials. If you want to reduce your impact on the planet, you might be able to fulfill your roofing needs by salvaging enough material to cover the roof. You can also look into organizations like Habitat For Humanity’s Restore. These organizations have excess materials from Habitat For Humanity sold at a lower than normal price. This is to make up for lost expenses when they build charitable homes. The money made from these types of sales goes straight back into the organization. Then, they will use the money to help people in need get homes.
If you’re starting your garden shed from complete scratch, you can look into kit sheds. These are kits that you purchase that contain all the materials you’ll need to build a particular shed. They’ll come with instructions that guide you through the construction process, sort of like building an intricate piece of IKEA furniture. In many cases, kit sheds will come with roofing materials included.
Weather and Terrain Consideration to Set Up Your Shed Roof
Depending on where you live, there are going to be extra things to think about when selecting the roofing for your shed. You need to take into account any extreme weather that occurs and any seasonal considerations that are appropriate. Some types of roofing are better suited to climates where there isn’t snow covering them for four months. Some types of roofing are better able to withstand strong winds. If you’re unsure of your needs in this regard, you can speak to a local roofing company. They’ll be able to tell you what you need to prepare your shed for.
For The Homesteaders
If your garden shed is going to be part of a homesteading complex, you likely want your roof doing double duty. Not all roofing materials are suitable for rain collecting systems as some contain toxic contaminants. Further, if you’re relying on your own property to produce power, you might have solar panel considerations to keep in mind. Be sure to let your roofing team know if you’re thinking of installing solar panels, as that might change the structural requirements of the roof.
The above information should have outlined the things you want to think about when you’re roofing your garden shed. Of course, many of these tips apply to other roofing projects as well, like garages, guest houses, and prominent houses. Again, if any part of the process leaves you feeling unsafe, it’s best to listen to your gut and reach out to a professional who is trained and has the appropriate safety gear to do a home repair job properly.