Choosing Your Shed Roof

Which Roof Should For Your Garden Shed?

Shed Roof Types

When planning the layout of your garden shed, the roof is one of the most important factors to take into account. A garden shed roof has two functions; to direct rainfall to a specific spot and complement the aesthetic look of your garden shed.

Typically there are 3 roof styles– Gable, Flat and Skillion. SteelChief offers a fourth style called Heritage, which has a pitched roof steeper than a gable.

Deciding on a roof style will really depend on three factors – site, use and budget. If you find that you want a specific style for a particular shed size, then we are here to help. We can customise most sheds to fit your exact requirements.

Gable Roof

Corrugated Garden Shed With Gable Roof
Corrugated Garden Shed With Gable Roof

Typically when you think of a garden shed, a gable roof will spring to mind. Chosen for its aesthetics, a gable roof is designed with two sloping sides and a gable at each end. This design ensures the roof sheds water easily, preventing leaks and damage from puddling. A gable roof is a popular choice especially for those with a larger backyard because they can go up to 3.04m wide for timber sheds and 4.48m for steel sheds.

Pros of a Gable Roof

  • It offers more storage space for larger items because of the extended headroom
  • Its sloping sides allows water to run off the front and back of the shed when it rains
  • It’s visually appealing
  • It’s easy to build
  • It has the greatest span (can go up to 4.48m)
  • You can add a variety of extras including skylights, a bike bar, extra wall height, a wheelie vent

Cons of a Gable Roof

  • Need a larger outdoor area
  • It’s not the cheapest option available
  • When choosing a site, you have to consider the water falling off two sides

Skillion Roof

Corrugated Garden Shed with Skillion Roof
Corrugated Garden Shed with Skillion Roof and double doors

A skillion roof is where the roof falls to the back (or front) of the shed. It usually has a 150mm fall away from the front to the back of the shed so rainwater drips on the garden bed away from the house. This style is popular for those who have smaller spaces or are looking to place a shed in a tight area around the house. If you are planning on installing the shed up against an existing wall then SteelChief can manufacture it so the roof slopes towards the front. This is called a reverse skillion. This design will keep the water away from the front foundations. With the average backyard size decreasing, skillion roof sheds are becoming a more popular choice for maximising storage space.

Pros of a Skillion Roof

  • Ideal for sheds that are built up against a fence or wall
  • Great if you want to direct water in one direction i.e. back towards the fence so it drips on to a garden
  • Very useful for properties that don’t have an abundance of space
  • Easy to put together
  • Has a bit of headroom for storage and extra wall height available
  • Need only one gutter if this is your requirement

Cons of a Skillion Roof

  • It has a maximum depth of 2.26m. Anything over 2.26m and you will have to have a gable roof
  • Don’t have as much storage as the gable roof
  • Not suitable for larger sheds

Flat  Roof     

Flat Roof Garden Shed
Flat Roof Garden Shed

Flat roof sheds are becoming more popular as people get more creative with where they put their shed. A flat roof shed will have water running off the front and back. A flat roof can serve as a perfect storage locker. With a maximum depth of only 1.52m, a flat roof shed can tuck in underneath a verandah or down the side of a house. If you require a shed to fit into a tight spot or underneath a window, then we are able to customise the shed to suit your requirements.

Pros of a Flat Roof

  • Suits very small spaces
  • Has a low profile
  • Option for sliding doors
  • Has a lot of flexibility
  • Can fit under the eaves of a house
  • They are the cheapest roof style
  • Easy to put together

Cons of a Flat Roof

  • It does not have extra storage space because of the lack of headroom
  • They have a size limitation (will only go 1.52m deep)
  • It won’t fit big items or serve as a workshop


Corrugated Garden Shed with Heritage Roof
Corrugated Garden Shed with Heritage Roof

heritage roof is like a gable roof with a steeper pitch. They are the perfect style for those who prefer a more classic look but still want the practicality of a storage shed. With a steeper pitched roof and the option to add finials, this shed has an old-world charm. While these sheds can be utilised to store garden equipment and tools, many customers choose this option for an interesting architectural addition to their backyard. The standard wall height of the shed is 1.95m, which offers more height than the standard gable shed.

Pros of a Heritage Roof

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Suits heritage style architecture i.e. Victorian homes
  • Very durable
  • Has even greater storage room
  • Can add a variety of extras including skylight, windows, shelving units, lockable handles etc.

Cons of a Heritage Roof

  • You need more clearance for a heritage style (up to 2.7m high)
  • It’s the most expensive style
  • Extra wall height is not available
  • It has a larger more bulky appearance