When it comes to choosing the right roofing option for your summer house, shed or log cabin, there are a few criteria you should consider, to make sure that the roof will be durable, long lasting and leak-proof. What are the criteria everyone should consider?  If you want a summerhouse which you can enjoy for years, you have to pay attention to the quality of materials, as well as installation and appearance. This way you will choose a roofing that will keep the timber structure dry, while also creating a certain look you are going for. How to choose the best roofing materials? Keep reading this article to find out!

Summerhouse roofing – shingles and EPDM

There is more to choosing the right roofing material than the price and colour. To make your summerhouse last for years, you must choose a roofing material that is durable, long lasting and leak-proof. The most popular roofing options for summerhouses, which protect the structure as well as determine the look, are bitumen shingles and EPDM. Roof shingles are mainly used for apex, pyramid and asymmetric roofs, in turn, EPDM roofing is used for flat-roof summerhouses. Shingles are a fire-resistant bituminous roofing material with a lifespan of more than 20 years, moreover, it is easy to maintain a bitumen roof by simply replacing the damaged shingles. Meanwhile, EPDM roofing is made of rubber that doesn’t scratch and is resistant to moisture and UV radiation, while also lasting for decades.


Customers often choose to assemble their summerhouses by themselves, therefore it is important to choose a roofing that is easy to install and maintain (if there is a need to change a damaged shingle for example). Both bitumen shingles and EPDM roofing are easy to install, requesting limited preparation. When purchasing a summerhouse, pay attention if an EPDM roof kit (rubber, glue and water outlet) or roof shingles are included in the price! The leading summerhouse manufactures usually include the roofing in the price.

The appearance of a summerhouse

To enjoy your summerhouse for years, you have to like the overall appearance of the timber structure. The overall appearance is also affected by the shape of the roof and the roofing material used. Therefore, before making the final decision of purchasing a certain summerhouse or re-roofing your old summerhouse, make sure you choose the shape and roofing that suits the style you are going for. Whether you choose a classic-style roof or a more contemporary design, the options are unlimited.

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