Skillion roof sheds are the workhorse of the shed world. Also known as mono-pitch or shed-style roofs, the skillion-roofed shed is practical and functional. It also offers clean lines and a minimalist look:
Why Choose a Skillion-Roofed Shed?
For sheds placed closely next to walls or fences, you’re best choice is likely the skillion roof. Here’s why:
Skillion Roof Aesthetics
When you consider that a shed – depending on its quality and aesthetic appeal – can significantly add to (or subtract from!) the value of your home, it’s essential to think carefully about design and placement. The roof of your shed is perhaps the biggest factor affecting its overall appearance. When you place a skillion-roofed shed immediately next to, for example, the back of your house, the mono-pitch of the roof tends to blend nicely with the pitch of your home’s roof. This helps give the shed the appearance of a natural extension on your home, making it more likely to be an asset rather than a liability for your property.
Of course, with all SteelChief sheds, since you have range of colours and finishes to choose from, optimising the aesthetic appeal of your shed has never been easier.
Water Drainage and Debris Accumulation
The pitched angle of a skillion-roofed shed is sufficient to drain water and debris, just like a gable-roofed shed. The key difference is that skillion-roofed sheds only drain one side. This makes them ideal for locations where you want to focus runoff. For example, if you place the lower side of a skillion-roofed shed next to a fence, rainwater will drain towards the fence. This will leave front of the shed drier, making it easier to access to the shed without mess. Alternatively, if you’re planning on installing the shed up against an existing wall, you’ll likely want the roof to slope towards the front. This design, called a reverse skillion, will keep rainwater away from the foundations of your house.
Cost and Durability
Skillion-roofed sheds, with their single pitch, are easier to construct than gable and heritage-roofed sheds. This makes them the most cost-effective solution for pitch-roofed sheds. Since skillion-roofed sheds are most often placed next to buildings, it’s likely that the building will offer some protection against wind exposure. However, particularly for larger sheds that are more exposed to heavy winds, adding an internal steel frame is recommended.
Skillion-Roofed Shed Alternatives
Skillion-roofed sheds look great and function well when placed next to buildings or fences. However, for sheds placed further away from such structures, a gable roof or heritage roof may be the better choice.
Still unsure about the optimal roof type for your for shed, cubby, aviary, chicken coop or dog enclosure? Our Guide to Choosing a Garden Shed Roof can help you in your decision-making process.