For the construction of the roof itself, roofing rolls made of metal or asphalt are commonly used, as are shingles made of shake wood, asphalt or rubber. Builders need additional wood and nails, including roofing nails, to construct the supports to build the shed roof.
About.com recommends taking both sturdiness and durability into account when constructing a shed roof to avoid doing a large amount of additional maintenance after the roof is completed. Roofing rolls are easy to use because they allow users to avoid attaching individual shingles, but they don't last as long. Individual shingles are available in several materials and are easier to maintain, while also being more attractive as a material.