Sheds are great for your garden or even storage for your home. You can use one to store gardening tools and other outdoor objects, or you can convert it into a whole extra room to use however you like. You’ll need a place to store your gardening tools and other outdoor objects or use one in a way that will make it worth your while. Here you’ll find what you need to know to build a shed, with a special focus on framing a shed roof.

Methods of Framing a Shed and Popular Styles of Shed Roofs

Building a shed roof that you can stand on requires either a center support beam or a set of purlins on which the roof rafters rest. There are two basic options for the rafters, or roof members, depending on which method you choose:

1 – You can choose to install a basic rafter with lap joints. This is the simplest method.

2 – You can choose to build rafters with a bird’s mouth, which means they have a notch at the bottom where they rest on the center beam/purlins in order to eliminate any racking, or to sway, in the roof.

Popular Styles of Shed Roofs

1 – Gable Roof Framing

The most common style to build is the gable roof, which is exactly what it sounds like: a triangle shape. There are many different ways to build this style of roof, but in order to build a shed roof that you can stand on, you need a center support beam that is typically placed at the highest point of the shed, above where the rafters will rest.

2 – Hip Roof

Another option is a hip roof. It is a simple style to build, but it is a less common choice for a shed roof. However, you may want to consider a hip roof for a smaller shed, such as an entryway, in order to make the building seem more inviting.

3 – Saltbox Roof

This shed roof is a combination of a gable roof and a hipped roof. It is typically used when you need the storage space of a gable roof, and the upper section is only wide enough to accommodate a hipped roof.

4 – Gambrel Roof

This shed roof is similar to a saltbox roof, except the upper section is longer, sloping down at an angle and then back up, creating a “U” shape where the rafters sit.

5 – Mansard Roof

For a shed roof that is a bit more unique, build a Mansard roof. It’s a French-style roof that is smaller in the front and larger on the backside. This is a great option for a shed roof that has a big enough body to support such a large roof.


A shed roof provides shelter from the heat of the sun, but you’ll want to make sure that you build a shed roof that you can stand on in order to reach the items you want to store in your shed. Make sure to build a shed roof that the code will approve of if you live in an area that has building codes that you need to follow.

At truPoint, we believe everyone ought to receive the highest quality experience no matter what. We include you in the design process in order to build the perfect outdoor shed with premium construction. Get in touch with us and get your shed today!

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