Shed-style homes were popular constructions in the United States between the 1960s and 1970s. The homes value asymmetry in all aspects from the varied window sizes to the recessed front door, and the differing number of stories in different segments of the house. The home style gets its name from the multiple shed-style roofs that sit atop each different segment.
Shed roofs have one solid section of roof that's tilted upwards or downwards on a steep angle. If you have a Shed-style home and are in need of a new roofing material, there are a few key roofing materials that you can discuss with local roofing companies. These are the best and worst roofing materials to pair with this architectural style.
Best: Wood Shakes or Shingles
The siding on a Shed home is typically wood shingle or clapboard, brick, or a combination of the two. These warm-toned natural elements call for an equally warm-toned, natural roofing material like wood shakes or shingles.
Wood shakes or shingles are cut from cedar, and the only difference between the two is that shakes are cut to be thicker and more textured than shingles. The shingles can be stained in a variety of natural wood colors. If you have wooden siding, choose a color that's a different shade than your siding so your house doesn't blend in too much. Brick siding can be paired with any shade of stain you desire.
Wood shakes and shingles are weighty, which is important to keep the roofing material firmly on the shed-style roofs, which can be wind magnets. The wood can be a bit more high maintenance than other materials if insects get at the wood or if freeze-thaw cycles start to cause the wood to warp. But many homeowners consider the possibility of maintenance worth it for the visual payoff.
Best: Metal Roofing
Shed roofs get the name for the garden structures those roof styles typically top. The roofs on shed structures are typically metal and you can bring that material to the roof of your Shed home, too. Don't worry – residential roofing metal has come a long way and your house won't end up looking like a cheap shed.
The metal roofing is available in flatter panels or in standing seam panels that create walled valleys to help with water runoff. Shed roofs are fairly good at water runoff naturally, but the help could become important if the angles of your overlapping shed roofs create water-catching valleys between the roof and house.
Worst: Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles have soared in popularity due to their low cost and decent durability. But asphalt is also one of the lightest-weight materials around. And that's not a great fit for a roof style that can take on extra wind. The wind going up the sides of the shed roofs can damage, loosen, or remove those asphalt shingles. You can still consider asphalt shingles if your home has close neighbors or tall trees that would minimize the risk of any direct high winds going up your shed roofs.Share