There are several parts of a given shed that you’ll likely be considering when ordering or upgrading it, and its roof is definitely high on this list in many cases. There are several materials that can be used for roofing on storage sheds today, and one of the most common and well-known is metal.
At A-Shed USA, our range of storage sheds, garages and other custom buildings is unmatched in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. We’re happy to assist you with any roofing material you’re interested in for your shed, including high-quality metal options. In this two-part blog series, we’ll start by going over the pros and cons of metal as your shed’s roofing material, then dig into a few important concepts if you’re going to be installing a metal roof on your own shed.
Major Benefits of Metal Roofs for Sheds
There are several reasons why many people opt for metal as their shed roofing material, including:
- Longer-lasting: Compared to asphalt shingles or some other roofing materials, metal options are designed to last for decades. This could be especially beneficial if you’re planning to use the shed for long-term storage or as a permanent building of any kind.
- Low maintenance: Metal can require less maintenance compared to asphalt shingles or wood shingles, making it simpler and more cost-effective over the long run.
- Fire resistance: Metal is resistant to fire, making it a great choice in areas where fires are common or if you’re just looking for extra peace of mind with your shed.
- Lightweight: There are multiple reasons why a light material like metal is beneficial for a shed roof, from ease of installation to not overloading the structure’s frame.
- Clean, simple look: Because metal roof systems use hidden fasteners or screws to attach the panels, there’s a clean and simple look that can go with a variety of sheds.
- Aesthetically pleasing: Many people find metal roofs to be aesthetically pleasing, with a range of colors and finishes available.
Possible Drawbacks of Metal Roofs on Sheds
On the flip side, there might be some reasons why you choose an alternative to metal roofs:
- More expensive: In terms of upfront cost, metal may be more expensive than some of the other shed roofing materials.
- Can rust: One downside to metal is that it can rust over time if not treated properly or maintained.
- Noise issues: If you install a metal roof directly onto your shed without any insulation in between, this could create noise issues during rainstorms or other weather events.
- Can fade in sun: Because metal can be directly exposed to the sun, it may eventually fade or discolor over time with no protection.
In part two of our series, we’ll go over some best practices for if you’re installing your own metal roof on any shed. For more here, or to learn about any of our high-quality sheds and other structures, speak to our team at A-Shed USA today.