Carports and Garages: Which roof is best for your needs?
Understanding industry terminology will help you navigate the Carports and Garages industry so that you can find a solution to fit your needs!
First off, let’s talk about structures. Carports and garages (open or enclosed) that you can purchase from a builder or dealer are metal structures. One of the most important features of your carport or garage is the roof. In this short article, I’ll explain the three types of roofs that you will see when shopping and show you which style is the most durable. I’ll use photos from Eagle Carports to help you see the difference in styles, but any manufacturer will offer these same three styles.
Roof styles for metal structures
There are three distinct styles of roofs on carports, garages, and barns. It is important to know the advantages and drawbacks of each style.
Rounded or Regular Roof
The rounded, or “regular” roof, is the least expensive of the three styles but is also the least popular due to the “old fashioned” look with the rounded sides.
It offers about 6” of coverage on the sides, and it is also the least expensive roof option.
The ribs on the metal run front to back of the building, so the possibility of leaking increases since water and debris have a greater likelihood of puddling on the roof. The metal is also overlapping, but pieced every 3 feet, running from the front of the building to the back.
Boxed Eave Roof
The Boxed Eave style roof is an A-frame structure offering no coverage on the sides unless side panels are ordered separately. Other than the appearance, structurally, this building is the same as the rounded roof.
The Boxed-Eave style is slightly more expensive than the Regular one, but like the rounded roof, the metal is pieced every 3’ and the ribs on the metal run front to back, with the same possibility of leakage.
The vertical roof is the most popular of all three styles and is also a bit more expensive than the other two. It is also an A-frame roofline like the Boxed Eave roof.
The vertical roof style is the most popular roof style. The major difference for this type of roof from the regular and boxed eave style is that the ribs on the metal run from the peak of the roof to the sides, allowing water, debris, and snow to run directly off the sides, decreasing any likelihood of leakage. Additionally, the vertical style roof has metal that runs both vertically and horizontally inside the roof line, offering extra strength.
A bit more expensive than the boxed eave roof and rounded roof styles, but structurally the most sound.
Still have questions about which roof is best for your carport, garage, or shed? We’re here to help!