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Metal Building Roof Styles for Carports, Garages, and More

metal building roof in an open field

Before adding a metal building to your property, such as a shed or barn, choosing the best roof style is an important decision. There are several roofing options for metal buildings, each with their own strengths and considerations. For example, you’ll want a roof that not only shelters your items from weather, but also complements the building structure and surrounding property. 

Here at Alan’s Factory Outlet, we offer three metal building roof styles—regular, boxed-eave, and vertical designs—all of which are durable and attractive. 

In this guide, we’ll walk you through each of our options as well as define a few other popular roof styles for metal buildings to help you compare and decide on the best choice for your purchase.

Regular Style Roof

regular roof style on metal building

The regular roof style for metal buildings, our most affordable option, has a unique design that comes in handy for carports. Its curved slope endings create a bow shape that adds a little more protection against sun and rain for cars and other valuables. 

Boxed-Eave Style Roof

boxed eave metal building roof style

Our second option, the boxed-eave roof, is great for those who prefer the traditional appearance. Its roof style—horizontal panels—have a nice, simplistic look. This roof type does, however, require regular leaf removal during the fall, as leaves can pile up on it and get stuck in the ridges of the panels.

Vertical Style Roof

vertical metal building roof style

Our third option is the vertical roof, another good choice for heavy rain and snow. Its slope prevents rain and snow from accumulating on its surface, making it perfect for garages and storage sheds in harsh weather conditions. This style also has an A-frame like the boxed-eave roof, but its panels run vertically down the side. 

Vertical roofs are a popular option when building a carport or garage, as the style closely resembles roofs on modern homes.

Additional Metal Building Roof Styles

In addition to our metal building roof styles above, here are a few other common styles and their differences:

  • Gambrel: Sometimes called a barn style due to its appearance, this roof has a central ridge with two slopes on each side, which adds more vertical space.
  • Hipped: This is a rectangular-shaped roof base with four sides sloped downward toward the wall. 
  • Mansard: This is a combined style of the gambrel and hipped roofs, in which all four sides have two slopes with the lower slope at a steeper angle than the upper one.
  • Flat: Just as its name describes, this roof has a flat top with no sides or slopes. Although the cheapest style, these roofs usually require the most repairs.
  • Single Slope: A roof with one slope, this style is popular for an attached garage or shed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials can you use on a garage roof? 

Common roofing materials for garages include clay tile, asphalt shingles, concrete tiles, wood shingles, and metal sheets. Of them all, metal roofing material is the most durable. 

Is it cheaper to use a metal roof or shingles?

Traditional asphalt shingles are cheaper than metal, though metal has a longer life span and requires less maintenance. For this reason, metal can help save money in the long run. 

Are metal roofs worth the extra money?

Yes! Compared to other roofing materials, metal roofs last longer and are the most resistant to weather damage. Additionally, metal reflects heat and can help keep your garage or shed cool when paired with roof insulation. 

Choose a Roof Style for Your Custom Metal Building

Have a roof style in mind? Design and order your metal building with confidence using our 3D building tool below. If you have questions or would like recommendations on a roofing option, feel free to contact us by phone or our online contact form.

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About the Author

Alan Bernau Jr. has helped more than 50,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages. If you need a custom carport, and you live in the eastern half of the United States, Alan’s Factory Outlet is here to help.

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