Best Roofing Materials For A Gambrel-Style Shed Roof

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A shed can either be a plain storage unit plopped down in your yard or an interesting architectural addition to your home. Erecting a shed with a home-style roof can help blend the shed in with the existing structures and make the small building look like a more purposeful, stylish addition.

Sheds with gambrel roofs offer an interesting visual addition to your yard. Gambrel roofs, which are also called barn roofs, have a nearly vertical side wing on each side of the building that lead up to shallow sloping roof segments that meet at a low point. If you have or want to buy a gambrel-style shed, the roofing material used can determine the roof's stylishness, durability, and maintenance requirements.

What are some of the best roofing materials for a gambrel-style shed roof?

Asphalt Shingles

The shape of a gambrel roof means that the top of the roof takes on quite a bit of weight from both the roofing material itself and any potential accumulations of snow. Choosing a lightweight material can reduce the risk that the weight of the roof will become too much for the supports and cause a collapse. Asphalt shingles are one of the most lightweight roofing materials available on the market, which also makes for easy roofing installation.

The shingles are crafted from a triple layer of asphalt and composites for a durable, customizable product. Your roofing contractor can order asphalt shingles manufactured in the style of wood or slate shingles for a higher end look with a lower end price.

One potential downside of asphalt shingles is susceptibility to wind damage. The narrow slopes of the gambrel roof can help offset any direct winds, but overhanging shingles or particularly strong winds can still loosen or rip off asphalt shingles.

Wood Shingles or Shakes

Wood roofing is typically made of cedar that is available in a range of stained colors.  The cedar can be cut and fabricated in different ways that produce either the cheaper, somewhat thinner wood shingles or the more expensive and heavier wood shakes. For a gambrel-style shed roof, wood shingles offer a better price and less weight than wood shakes.

Wood shingles are an especially good choice if your home itself has an easy to view roof that has wood shingles.

The wood is fairly durable though you will need to conduct some regular visual maintenance for signs of damage – an easier task with a low shed roof than with a house roof. Freeze and thaw cycles cause the wood to contract and expand so you should keep an eye out for any warping if your weather keeps cycling through these stages. 

For assistance, talk to a professional like McCullers Roofing.


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