Materials for Roofing a Garden Structure
Do-it-yourselfers must keep in mind that material choice affects roof pitch - the vertical rise measured against a standard horizontal distance of 12 inches. The steeper the pitch, the more likely rainwater will simply wash down the sides without sinking into the roof's materials. Solid sheathing is generally recommended for most garden structures, as gazebos and the like don't have ceilings; the structure is readily visible. Also, depending on the roof's pitch and materials, you may need to install underlayment and sheathing before the outer roof materials.
Asphalt shingles are among the most typical choices for solid roofing materials. Not only are they considered because of their relative inexpense, they are a favorite due to their wide array of available colors, patterns and shapes. Furthermore, do-it-yourselfers might be happy to hear that they are quite simple to install and to maintain. If you want a roof fast, you might consider asphalt roll roofing. It also comes in a wide array of colors as well, but it is best used for shallow-pitched structures.
For rustic charm and solid durability, consider wood shingles made from western red cedar. Many grades are available, but a heart-wood grade will last the longest. Wood shingles are excellent roofing materials with wonderful visual appeal. Whether the structure itself is wood or even brick, these shingles will top things off beautifully.
Clay and concrete tiles are often used to roof various garden structures. However, they should not be considered for spindly or delicate structures as they are considerably heavier than other roofing materials. If the structure is built for them, they are a stunning option. Although they are most attractive in earth tones, they come in a wide variety of colors. More than likely, however, they will require professional installation.
If you are looking for a roofing material that won't rust, warp or rot, aluminum panels can be used for roofing a garden structure. Aluminum can corrode and may dent, but it is overall a safe choice for roofing typical garden structures. It sheds rainwater well and is essentially easy to install. Different colors and textures are also available to choose from. Likewise, aluminum shingles are available as well and are generally chosen for locales that see heavy snowfall.
Sidings are not frequently chosen to roof structures, but for a garden structure, siding roofs are not altogether unusual. They will provide adequate roofing, but should not be considered where water-tight requirements need to be met. They will do a decent job of shedding rainwater, however, when pitched for such purpose. For areas that do not receive much rain, they are great choices. Solid board, hardboard or plywood and vinyl or aluminum sidings are all considerations.
Adding a roofed structure to your garden or landscape will not only enhance the beauty of a setting, it may even add to the value of the home. With that in mind, opting for high quality materials may be a good investment decision. And, you will likely enjoy your structure for many seasons to come if installed and maintained with care.