12×12 sheds are fairly easy to build. There are a lot of shed plans you can get from the internet, but if you are not much of a do-it-yourself’er, you may want to buy a prefabricated 12×12 shed from one of the big hardware stores. One of the most thought-of details when building a shed (or buying) is what kind of roof style should you use?
Roofing styles for sheds are really subjective and it depends on the architectural style you are going after. Most people like to match the style with the style of their house or the building it is located near. Below are some styles to consider:
- Gable: This type of roof has two sloped sides. Both sides are equal in size and they rise to a peak to form a triangular shape. If more storage is needed, the truss area can be used. If more headroom is needed, the bottom chord of the truss can be raised. Typically, this roof style allows for the snow and rainwater to drain off efficiently.
- Gambrel: Do you want a Dutch Colonial look? You might want to consider the double-sloped Gambrel style roof. This is the typical “barn” style roof you normally see on farms because the roof structure allows for a hayloft.
- Hip: Sheds with hip roofs are similar to gable roof sheds but the end-wall slopes in so that all four faces of the roof slope towards the ridge. Hip roofs are more complicated to construct than a gable roof because the jack rafters need to meet the hip rafters. However, this type a roof is very attractive and is generally used for summer houses, pool house sheds, and security personal sheds for high-end gated communities.
- Pent: This roof style is the simplest, but offers no extra storage capability. It consists of a single slope, with part of the slope overhanging the shed structure. This type is often used for sheds that abut against another building or fence.
Whatever the roofing style you choose, keep in mind what the purpose of the shed is for. Tool or lawn care sheds would be serviced well by the simple gable or pent styles. For a kids outdoor playhouse, a gable roof is classic or, for a designer look and flair, consider the hip style!