Advantages & Disadvantages of a Shed-Style Roof

When building structures on your property, you will be faced with choosing roof styles. Many different types of roof styles are common, such as the gable roof, the gambrel and the hip roof. Some of these styles are easier to build than others, but may have other advantages and disadvantages that should be considered. The shed style roof is a simple design known for its versatility for many different purposes.

Shed style roofs are simple yet functional.


A shed style roof has a single sloping plane without gables, ridges or valleys. It offers a flat surface for a variety of different construction purposes. It is sometimes called the "lean-to" roof and is often used for elemental building structures. Shed style roofs are sometimes used in combination with other roof styles to give additional roof coverage to additions.


Simplicity is this type of roof's strong point. It can be used on different types of structures such as potting sheds, storage sheds, carports, dog houses or any other type of design that offers some protection from the elements while allowing easy access. Construction may be open-sided or closed-sided. Shed roofs are often attached to the house or other structures to provide additional area under roofing, such as for porches or patio areas. Shed style roofs are a good choice for construction over long, narrow front porches as well. This type of roof would not suit wider porches, however, as the roof line would look out of place with the roof line of the house itself.


The shed style roof is one of the cheapest roofs you can build. The simple design also makes it easy for do-it-yourselfers to construct. It requires basic roofing materials and can be constructed easily for additions and porches. The long slope of the roof makes it a good choice for use with skylights or solar panels for alternative energy systems. The long roof can also help protect the house interior from excessive sunlight at certain times of the day.


The shed roof style has a very simple appearance that does not necessarily enhance the look of all home designs. Shed style roofs can develop drainage problems because of the structure of the design. These drainage problems can cause damage to underlying construction. Shed style roofs also cannot be retrofitted to other type of roofs cost-effectively.