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What Are The Best Roofing Materials For Sheds?

The right roofing material can add life and beauty to your small structure. A quality roof creates a polished and finished look, adding the final touches to any design. Selecting the right roofing for sheds is also important as you will rely on this small structure to house your tools, toys, or whatever you choose to store inside.

But with so many types of roofing materials on the market today, which one should you choose?

 

Types of Shed Roofing Materials

The building materials used in your shed’s construction will dictate the strength, longevity, and overall quality of your small structure. As such, it is essential to consider which shed building materials you will want to use to get the most out of this addition, especially when it comes to the roofing of your shed.

That being said, what are the most popular roofing materials for sheds? Consider using one of these four materials as your roof of choice the next time you construct a shed:

  • Asphalt
  • Cedar
  • Steel
  • EPDM membrane

 

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Asphalt Shingles

For over a century, asphalt has reigned supreme as one of the most popular shed roofing materials on the market. Asphalt shingles provide an inexpensive yet durable form of roofing for homes, sheds, and other structures.

Using asphalt will reduce the overall cost of constructing your shed build, but it could also shrink the lifespan. Asphalt offers individuals the lowest cost roofing option for their shed compared to other materials on this list. However, the low cost might compromise the quality and longevity of the material when compared to other, more robust roofing materials. Typically, the lifespan of asphalt ranges from 20 to 30 years, depending on the type and quality of asphalt shingles used.

That being said, asphalt is still one of the top choices for roofing as it offers builders an easy installation process and a quality look and feel at a competitive price.

 

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Cedar Shingles

If you’re looking for a naturally beautiful shed roof design, consider using cedar. Cedar wood shingles or shakes are the most popular form of cedar roofing for small structures and sheds. Cedar shingle designs offer individuals a high-quality roofing option that is naturally waterproof and looks beautiful. Add character and elegance to any shed with cedar shingles.

Cedar shingle designs possess a lifespan of 50 years, so they are as durable as they are beautiful. Western red shingles are a popular wood shingle of choice, as the natural colour and grain create an eye-catching feature of any small structure.

 

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Steel Roofing

Steel roofing is a type of metal roofing material that has grown in popularity over the last few years. More and more homeowners use steel or other metals as their go-to roofing material as it provides an added layer of protection and durability to structures.

Steel roof panelling offers homeowners a unique yet versatile look that goes with various personal design preferences and aesthetics. And the best part, steel roofing possesses a lifespan greater than 50 years when cared for properly. Highly durable and pretty much impervious to snow and rain, this roofing material is the perfect fit for shed builds throughout Canada.

Steel roofing will be more expensive than the other material options on the list, especially when used on a house. But, at least with a smaller structure, you will use less material overall, and it will last longer than many other options, making metal roofing for sheds a quality choice. Learn more about the pros and cons of metal roofing.

 

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EPDM Roofing Membrane

EPDM, ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, is a roofing material that provides builders with a durable and watertight roofing option. This sleek, synthetic rubberized roofing material can stand up to all types of weather and climate conditions, making this option the perfect choice for the Canadian outdoors.

Typically, the EPDM roofing membrane works best on a ‘flat’ shed roof design, adding an overall modern and polished look to your structure. Available in black and white, this simplistic yet high-quality material works well with any building colour scheme.

 

Things to Consider When Choosing Your Shed Building Materials

When it comes to your roofing designs, you want to choose shed roofing materials that will work for you, your climate, and your wallet. The shed roof design must tie into the structure’s design as a whole while also providing long-lasting durability and protection for the things held within.

When shopping for the best roofing materials for sheds, consider these tips before settling on your preferred medium,

  • Seasonal weather and climate: Do you live predominantly in a warm environment, or do you experience all four seasons? You will need to choose a roofing material that can stand up to high winds, heat and droughts, heavy rains, and sleet and snow, depending on your location.
  • Purpose of the shed: What is your shed’s purpose- for storing gardening tools and outdoor supplies, or is it for comfort and relaxation? Choose a material that suits the use of your shed.
  • Length of use: Will you be using this shed for many years to come, or are you looking for a quick build? Longer lasting materials will cost more money, so you will need to weigh up the length of use against the cost of construction to help determine what you are looking for.
  • Personal aesthetic: What shed roof design and look are you going for? Opt for a material that works for your personal preferences and overall vision.
  • Trustworthy suppliers: Who are you securing your construction and roofing materials from? Are you getting the best deal and a high-quality product from this person or organization?

 

Summerwood Offers Quality Roofing Products

The right roofing for sheds will make all the difference to the structure’s look and lifespan. For quality products and shed building materials that will last a lifetime, consider working with us here at Summerwood. With numerous high-quality materials to choose from and an extensive knowledge base surrounding sheds, our company can work with you to create a long-lasting woodshed for your backyard. Why not give us a call today to learn more!

4 Simple Tips for Choosing the Ideal Garden Shed Location

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Choosing the perfect location for your garden shed is one of the most important decisions to make for a new storage shed owner, and there are a few different key factors to consider. We get asked about this a lot and thought we’d share a few simple tips for picking the ideal spot in your yard for your new outdoor storage building!

Function

The intended purpose of your storage structure is an important factor in deciding where it should be located. If you’ll be storing bikes or garbage bins then you’ll likely want the building to be located in an area accessible from your front yard. If you’re planning on doing planting, gardening, or going to war with weeds, then you may want to put the building closer to your plants and gardens. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • What is the primary purpose of the building?
  • Based on what I’m using the building for, where will it be most convenient for me to access?
  • Do I need access to a hose or water?
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Light and Exposure

It can be easy to forget that lighting a garden shed is critical! There’s nothing worse than working on your yard late into the day and having to put away all of your tools and toys in the dark. Take note of what type of sunlight will shine on your shed’s new location and how this may impact its use. If going into a darker or shaded location you may want to add an extra window or two or perhaps add in some simple electrical to extend available hours of use.

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Ground Conditions

The soil and ground conditions are an often overlooked but essential factor in picking where to put a gorgeous customized storage structure. Locations that have pooling water or low spots in your yard are generally places to avoid. Ideally your site should be level with a slight pitch to the rear to encourage water drainage. In the event you have to build in a tricky location or low-slope area, be sure to prepare your site with ample drainage or a more permanent foundation involving concrete.

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Landscaping

A final consideration is landscaping, and ensuring that future yard plans are considered before deciding on a home for your garden shed. Remember that, while possible, it can be a challenge to move your garden shed after it has been installed, so it is important to carefully consider location prior to installation. Do you plan on installing a pool in a few years? Are you going to tear down your deck and switch to an interlock patio? Is this building going to be a focal point of your yard or would you prefer it be tucked away at the side of your home? These are all significant considerations when picking the perfect spot. Depending on your circumstances it might make sense to hire a landscape architect to prepare a master plan for your yard prior to construction.

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These four simple tips are some of our most common suggestions when asked about choosing the perfect location to install a garden shed. Ready to pick the outdoor storage shed that’s perfect for you? Head on over to Summerwood where we have some great garden sheds for sale, and take advantage of exciting Spring savings, but hurry – our 20 or 40 sale ends on April 26, 2016!

A She-Shed for the Ladies: DIY Ideas & Plans For She-Sheds

Move over Man-Caves, it’s time for a She-Shed!

Copper Creek Summerwood Garden Shed, Backyard Garden She-Shed

We’ve done our fair share of man-cave buildings over the years, but lately the ladies are stealing the spotlight with the new she-shed trend, and why not!? The ladies need a space to relax and unwind too! We’re happy to share some of the projects we’ve done with the design-diva in mind, be sure to check them out below!

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Kathy’s She-Shed Jewelry Store.

Kathy Taylor of Cedarburg, Wisconsin runs a successful business

Kathy’s business is called Kamaria Fine Jewelry. Where does she run her business out of? She runs it out of her 96 square foot Copper Creek Summerwood building! Kathy’s Copper Creek building functions as not only her she-shed, but as the home of her highly successful jewelry and interior design business. We strongly recommend checking out her work by following her on Twitter @KamariaJewelry. You’ll be glad you did!

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Interior of Kathy’s She-Shed Jewelry Store: Kamaria Fine Jewelry

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Click here for more information about Kathy’s Copper Creek she-shed on our website.
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