How to Build a Shed Roof Design

In building your shed, it is very important to remember that the roof design needs to be well designed and well constructed so that it can handle the heavy loads from wind and snow. You want to be certain it will hold up well to properly protect your contents for years of use.

I always recommend that you purchase a good set of shed plans and make certain that the roof design meets the code requirements for your area. Once you check that out, head to the local lumber yard and have them fabricate your roof trusses. Once the roof trusses are delivered, take a pencil and place a mark on the top of your shed every 24″ to designate where the truss should be mounted. Take the first truss and center it on the first mark and nail it into place. Repeat for the remaining marks.

Most roof design specify 5/8″ plywood panels to cover the roof. Nail them to the trusses. Then cover with tar paper and asphalt shingles. It is advisable to complete these steps during a calm day since a gusty wind can make the job much more difficult and dangerous.

If you live in a snowy climate, the pitch of the roof should be sufficient to enhance the snow slide off. If too much snow accumulates on the roof, it will place undue stress on the structure and possibly damage it.

When you shingle the roof, use a high quality product with a 20 year warranty and purchase a color which blends well with your other structures. It may even be required if you live in a community governed by a homeowners association. It is therefore wise to check this out before you start to build. Don’t learn this lesson the hard way.

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