Shed Roof vs. Gable Roof

Spending more time outside is a common goal, but it can be difficult when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Rain, excessive heat, and direct sunlight can influence how much time we spend outdoors and keep us stuck inside. The solution? A covered deck or patio! A covered outdoor space allows you to spend more time outside and protect you from the elements. Spend more time with nature on your own terms!

When it comes to covered decks and patios, shed roofs and gable roofs are among the most popular solutions. While many homeowners don’t know the difference, this blog will help you learn about shed and gable-style roofs and help you decide which one is right for your outdoor space!

Shed Roof

A shed-style roof, also known as a skillion or lean-to roof, slopes down in one direction. This style of roof is flat with a steep slope. Depending on the style of your home, the steepness of the slope may vary. In addition, when deciding on the slop of your shed roof, it is important to account the position of doors. This is a sleek design with a modern feel. This design is also very cost-effective. A shed-style roof is easier and faster for contractors to build, leading to lower labor costs. However, shed style roofs can potentially create an awkward space on your porch. Because of their design, it can present aesthetic challenges to use your space effectively. On the other hand, shed-style roofs have a long list of benefits:

  • Versatile roofing material options
  • Cost-effective
  • Effective water shedding
  • Natural sunlight

Gable Roof

A gable roof is the most common style. It is easily identified by its familiar A-shape. A gable roof has two sloping planes that are equal in length, with the highest points meeting in the middle, making a triangular shape. Many gable roofs have varied roof heights with additional peaks and valleys to add windows for more natural light. While this style of roof is popular, gable roofs are not well suited for areas with high winds. The deep overhang can detach during storms with intense winds. However, due to its dual sloped design, simple gable roofs resist snow and water accumulation. In addition, gable roofs compliment a variety of architectural styles and can easily be customized to match your home and aesthetic styles. Here are a few more benefits of a gable-style roof:

  • Versatile design
  • Strong drainage
  • Affordable

What style is right for you?

After a long day at work, an hour of fresh air can be just the thing you need. What better place to relax than in the privacy of your own backyard? Both shed-style and gable-style roofs are great options for a covered patio or deck. While your decision may be based solely on aesthetic purposes, you will be happy with whatever style you choose!

At Forsman’s, we understand that any home improvement project is an investment. Building a patio cover is more than just laying down wood and nails. It involves vision, imagination, and spot-on execution. We know life is already fast-paced and hectic, so we don’t add to the stress. Our process keeps lines of communication open so you always know what we are doing. We turn your backyard into a fun place that increases your quality of life in a process that’s fun, easy, and hassle-free. Contact us today to see how we can make your project come to life!