Some shed roof covering materials are roll roofing, shake shingles, asphalt shingles and corrugated metal roof sheets. Roll roofing is a similar material to that which is used in asphalt shingles. However, generally roll roofing material is the thinnest and cheapest roofing material to use. It is very cost effective to use roll roofing on sheds; however, the life expectancy of the material generally does not exceed eight years.
Shake shingles are an option for those owners who want a more aesthetically pleasing shed roof. The shingles are normally made out of cedar and are relatively easy to install. However, the overall cost of shake shingles, including shipping costs, is much higher than basic roll roofing.
Asphalt shingles are more durable than roll roofing and shake shingles. They are generally constructed from a layer of fiberglass that is sandwiched between two layers of asphalt. This makes this type of roofing extremely tough and weather resistant. The shingles generally need very little pre-installation preparation and can be installed with little more than a hammer and nails. Asphalt shingles are normally more expensive than shake and roll roofing.
Corrugated metal sheets are one of the easiest materials for do-it-yourself owners. The sheets are little more than large pieces of lightweight metal that need to be fastened using special fixings. Corrugated metal roofing normally comes with a 15-year warranty guarantee.