Qualified Ottawa Roofing Companies Will Help Keep Your Shed Covered
Most Ottawa roofing companies handle more than just the roof on your house. Many homes have sheds, and sheds often need new roofs as well—but there are considerably different considerations to make when it comes to roofing a shed as opposed to your house. One consideration is the weight of the material. Because a shed is much smaller than a house, many Orleans roofing specialists make sure to always be mindful of whether or not the structure can support the weight of a certain material. Clay tiles, for example, while durable and long-lasting, should only be used if the construction of the shed is strong enough to support their weight long-term.
Another consideration that is incredibly important when choosing the roof material for a shed is the pitch of the roof, i.e. its relative angle to a level surface. Even the best materials carried by roofing companies in Ottawa will be ineffective on the wrong pitch of roof, since they are only water-resistant after a certain minimum pitch. This is because even though, hypothetically, water will always travel downwards, this isn’t a reliable assumption in practice. Though gravity will pull it down, other factors, such as wind or flooding, can send it in other directions, where it can sneak between tiles or shingles, seeping into the internal structure and inviting mold, mildew, and rot.
For a “flat” roof—one with a pitch of 10 degrees or less—a sheet metal roof is one ideal option. Another is bitumen mineral felt over a plywood base. However, flat-roofed sheds are more prone to leaks, so if yours has a pitch of less than 10 degrees, you may want to consider raising it before installing new roofing to ensure better drainage.
As you start to reach 20 degrees or higher, your Orleans roofing contractor will be able to provide more options. Around 20 degrees, you’ll be able to start considering roofing shingles. Asphalt shingles are less expensive and can last you anywhere from 15 to 20 years depending on the care you take of them. With a slightly higher pitch and for a little more money you can splurge on wooden shingles—cedar in particular is a choice that is both strong and attractive. While it’s more costly, it can last you around 30 years—not bad at all!
Earlier on we mentioned clay tiles; concrete is another choice for tiles. However, there are a few things to consider before choosing heavy tiles. First, the cost—asking your Orleans roofing experts to tile your shed’s roof is not going to be cheap. Second is the structural integrity of your shed, because the tiles are much heavier. And for clay tiles you want at least a 35-degree pitch for them to be able to effectively keep water out. But if your shed meets these criteria and you have the budget, clay tiles can last you half a century—that’s one sturdy roof!
Talk to your local Ottawa roofing companies to discuss which option will best suit your shed.