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Top Factors to Consider When Choosing the Roof Style for Your Garden Building

The roof on garden sheds, summerhouses, workshops and insulated log cabins is a crucial part of your new garden building so it is important that the right materials are used in its construction. The main purpose of the roof is to protect your valuables from rain and snow thus keeping them dry. Besides this is helps to ventilate the shed and aids the long life of your building

Roof Style Selection: Key Considerations for Garden Building Owners

There are several designs for a shed roof such as an apex roof, sometimes referred to as a gable roof which looks like an upside down ‘V’. This design is very popular in Britain as it is quite attractive when situated in your garden. The basic design consists of two roof sections meeting in the middle of the shed workshop or summerhouse. This roof can slope in either direction, certainly the better shed manufacturers would be able to offer this. The pitch, or angle on the apex shed roof tends to be in the region of at least 15 degrees up to about 25 or 30 degrees. This allows water to flow easily of the roof and away.

A second design is the pent roof, sometimes called a ‘lean to’, although strictly speaking a ‘lean to’ would have 3 sides so the garden shed would be fixed to an existing house or wall. Another name is a mono-pitch and the characteristic of the pent roof is that it has a single slope on the roof. Normally a shallower pitch than you would find on an apex shed but very functional. This is a very simple design but is a very popular option. Can appear a little ‘boxy’ to look at but if it is out of sight can be very practical.

Choosing the Best Roof Style for Your Garden Studio: Tips and Recommendations

Some gardeners would use the storage space inside the roof space on the apex buildings but if you do it is important to provide extra strength to the roof itself. The reason for this is that the roof would have been designed to take the weight of the roof boards, the roofing felt and any snow which may lay on it during the winter. Provided you ensure you add extra support then this can offer extra storage for light items, such as plastic piping, copper pipes and timber beadings. The pent style garden shed benefits by having the highest space at the front and in this space you can fix shelves about the shed windows. This will give you extra storage space in a very convenient space and easy to get to.

Factors to Consider When Selecting the Roof Style for Your Garden Structure

Besides the apex and pent styles normally found on garden sheds and summerhouses there is another style which would normally only be found on top end summerhouses and that is the hip roof. This is like the roof on a detached house and consists of 4 parts meeting in the middle of the roof so water can drain off in all four direction. These types of roofs are quite complicated to make so would normally only be available in set sizes.

Another major consideration is the type of materials used to make the garden shed roof and also the type of material used to cover the roofs. You will find that quality home outdoor office and summerhouse manufacturers will use material which will ensure a very long life for your building. At the other end of the scale you will find that unsuitable materials (for long term peace of mind) are used as the cheap sheds are made down to a price with the cheapest materials being used.

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  • How To Choose Roof Style

    When choosing a roof style for your garden building in the UK, consider the climate and aesthetic preferences. A pitched roof is suitable for rainy areas as it allows water runoff. Flat roofs are ideal for modern designs and limited space. Additionally, a gable roof provides extra space for a loft or attic. Choose a roof style that complements the overall look of your garden building and meets your functional needs.
  • What Are The 4 Most Common Types Of Roofs?

    The four most common types of garden building roofs in the UK are flat roofs, pitched roofs, pent roofs, and apex roofs. Flat roofs are popular for modern garden buildings due to their sleek and contemporary look. Pitched roofs are traditional and offer excellent drainage capabilities. Pent roofs are similar to flat roofs but have a slight incline for better water runoff. Apex roofs are triangular and provide a classic and aesthetically pleasing design option for garden buildings.
  • What Is The Best Roof For A Garden Room In The UK?

    The best roof for a garden room in the UK is a pitched roof with durable materials such as EPDM or heavy-duty roofing felt. These materials provide excellent protection against the frequent rain and wind in the UK, ensuring the longevity of the garden room. Additionally, a pitched roof allows for proper drainage and prevents water from pooling, which can cause damage over time. Consider investing in a high-quality roof to ensure the comfort and safety of your garden room in the UK's unpredictable weather conditions.
  • What Is The Best Roof Style For An UK Shed?

    The best roof style for a UK shed is the pent roof. Its single slope allows for efficient rainwater drainage, preventing water buildup and potential leaks. Additionally, the pent roof design complements the typical UK weather conditions, minimizing the risk of water damage and ensuring the longevity of the shed structure. Lastly, the simplicity of the pent roof makes it a cost-effective and practical choice for shed owners in the UK seeking a reliable and durable roofing solution.

About Author:

Robin Antill is an established authority in the field of quality garden building manufacturing, boasting over four decades of experience. Having founded Titan Garden Buildings in 1979, he demonstrated a commitment to excellence from the outset by moving away from subpar materials and embarking on crafting buildings of superior quality.


His lineage of craftsmanship, traced back to his father and grandfather's business in Cleethorpes, underscores his dedication to quality and customer satisfaction. Robin's son, Craig, who joined the business in 1990, brings additional expertise, having honed his skills at Guildford College in joinery.


Together, they elevated Titan Garden Buildings, which eventually evolved into 1st Choice Leisure Buildings. Their enduring focus on premium materials, top-notch manufacturing, and unparalleled customer service, along with Craig's digital acumen in creating the company's online presence, showcase their expertise and reliability in the industry.


Robin’s expertise was featured in Realtor.com, Homes&Gardens, The London Economic, and dozens other publications.


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