Garden Shed Roof Styles

The style of shed roof you choose for your shed may be subjective but there are also some practical considerations you need to be aware of.

Pent Sheds

With a pent shed the roof is formed using a single sheet of wood that slopes from the front of the building to the back at an angle of about 15 degrees. The slope is optimal to provide sufficient height for the door at the front and to ensure rain runs off the back of the shed.

A pent roof is ideal for garden sheds that are is to be situated against a fence or wall, or is going to be tucked under overhanging branches. Obviously, as the roof slopes from the front to back, the maximum height is at the front of the shed – this is useful to bear in mind when planning the layout of your shelving and your internal workspace.

Apex Sheds

With an apex shed, the roof is in two wooden sections which meet at the highest point to create an upturned ‘V’ shape. Unlike a pent roof, the maximum height of an apex roof runs centrally from the front to the back. The height of the eaves is designed to allow for generous storage at the sides while allowing for optimum standing height in the centre so that you can work comfortably.

A word about roof bracing on sheds...

Roof bracing (or roof framing) is a vital part of a solid shed-construction but it is all-to-often not a purchasing consideration. The importance of roof bracing becomes more apparent as the shed gets larger in size – if you’ve ever seen a sagging shed roof, you’ll know what we mean - put simply, quality roof bracing can mean the difference between a sturdy, long-lasting shed and one that is unlikely to stand the test of time. 

If you are looking to buy a larger shed or workshop it’s advisable to check the thickness of the framing and whether it is supplied with a truss. A truss is an extra support in the centre of the roof that adds more strength and stability.

On larger, premium sheds, planed framing (also known as PAR or Planed All Round) is often used for the bracing. This type of bracing is of higher quality and is generally thicker - often up to 45 x 45mm - than the rough-sawn bracing used on cheaper sheds. The main advantages of PAR bracing are that it has a much smoother finish (saving you from splinters and making it easier to build), it’s water resistant and it provides a much sturdier garden building. All our heavy duty workshops come with PAR bracing and the larger workshops have 45 x 45mm framing with a middle roof truss for added strength and stability.

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