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An Easy Guide to Sheds: Understanding Your Roof Options and Pitches

Are you in the process of researching sheds but feeling overwhelmed by all the technical jargon? Feels like information overload?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Building a shed can be daunting, but at Global Sheds, we strive to make it a simple and enjoyable journey for you. We offer a variety of roof options and roof pitches to help turn your dream shed into a reality. 

Let’s start by understanding the difference between a skillion roof and a gable roof. A skillion roof, also known as a mono-pitch roof, has a single flat surface that slopes to one side. A gable roof is the more traditional roof shape that you commonly see on houses and sheds. It consists of two sloping sides that meet at a ridge, forming a triangular extension at the top. 

A common misconception is that a Skillion roof shed is cheaper than a gable roof shed. However, this is not always the case. Generally, larger spans are cheaper with a gable roof. So, when comparing prices, keep this in mind.  It is also important 

Why choose a skillion roof? For starters, it’s a contemporary look that sets your shed apart from traditional designs. It also enables water to run off to one side, making it great for areas with drainage problems. Additionally, if you’re considering adding solar panels, a skillion roof can provide more area for photovoltaic panels facing the optimal direction for harvesting solar power. 

On the other hand, why choose a gable roof? A gable roof is the most traditional roof shape and can help keep your shed cooler as hot air rises to the peak in the middle of the roof. It’s also far more economical for spans exceeding  12m and offers benefits such as easier installation, handling, freight, and logistics. 

When it comes to roof pitches, it’s important to note that the pitch is determined by the angle from the highest to the lowest point of the sloping roof. At Global Sheds, we offer varying options from 5-degrees to 25-degree pitches as standard on gable roof sheds. If you are looking for something a little different we can provide a custom quotation. 

Typically, a steeper roof pitch is ideal for areas with heavy snowfall to ensure that the snow can slide off the roof and prevent damage. Local councils may also mandate a higher pitch to match heritage-listed buildings. However, some of our customers choose their roof pitch for the overall design aesthetic. 

In general, a larger roof pitch will provide a stronger building, reduce wind pressure, and offer lower uplift values. 

At Global Sheds we understand that every shed is unique, and we love to customise our designs to meet your specific needs. Contact us today to start designing your dream shed with the perfect roof option and pitch. 

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