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Building a Shed? Know Your Roofing Options

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The shed in your backyard will need to have a roof just like your home does. However, you may not necessarily need the exact same type of roofing material that you use for your home. There are different roofing material options no matter what your budget is. By understanding what they are, you can select the material that will work best for you.

Roofing Felt

Need a low-budget option? A cheap roofing material you can use is roofing felt. This material will keep the water from getting into the shed, and its main selling point is its cost. If all you need to do is protect the inside of the shed from the weather, this could be all you need.

Roofing felt won't last nearly as long as other materials, and the felt will need to be replaced at the first signs of erosion. The material can also be ugly, so it is not ideal for a shed that is in plain view on your property.

Asphalt Shingles

If you need the roof to be attractive, durable, and affordable, consider using asphalt shingles for the roofing material. Asphalt shingles are easy to install, meaning it could even be a job that you handle on your own. If not, you can always hire a roofing contractor to do it for you. Asphalt shingles also are made in many colors, so you can make sure the shed has whatever type of look you are going for.

Metal

A metal roof will offer superior protection for a premium price, and the roof will probably last longer than the shed. Metal will be fire resistant, as well as extremely durable to provide protection from all kinds of weather conditions. If you have expensive equipment you are going to be protecting in your shed, metal may be the best option for you.

Metal doesn't have that classic look that asphalt shingles have, and rain hitting the metal can be noisy. While these drawbacks may seem trivial, you do not want to have regrets about what material you used after it was installed, so they are important to consider.

These are just a couple roofing options that you can consider for your shed. If none of these seem right for you, ask your local roofing contractor for a recommendation. They can provide you with an estimate for how much it will cost to have any material installed.


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