Buying a new garden shed
Tips on choosing a roof style for your new wooden garden shed.
Introducing apex and pent garden sheds. When you are looking to purchase a new garden shed, one thing you will need to consider right from the start is whether to opt for an ‘apex’ or a ‘pent’ shed. These two options refer to the style of roof.
An apex shed style has a traditional, classic appearance, while a pent shed style offers a more subtle and modern design. Despite these two differences, both options have their advantages and disadvantages.
Besides your personal preference in terms of the appearance of the shed, there are a number of practical considerations to take into account as well, namely: what is the intended use? You may wish to use the shed for storage, as a ‘man cave’, a study or workshop, or even for growing potted plants.
Since there is no superior type of shed, your decision will likely come down to other factors. That said, below we provide all the details you need to make an informed selection:
Benefits of apex sheds
An apex shed is perhaps what first comes to mind when most people think about garden sheds. Visit any specialist shed website and you will immediately be greeted with countless apex sheds for sale.
An apex shed has the classic angled /\ design where the roof slopes down on either side. This provides the shed with additional height in the centre of the structure.
As a result, an apex shed has a distinct advantage over a pent shed if you are wanting to store tall items. The design can also be beneficial if you like to work inside your shed and set up shelving to store equipment. The apex roof will create a natural walkway down the middle of the shed, providing ample headroom.
When it begins to rain, an apex shed has a natural slope that quickly dissipates water from the roof, helping to keep the structure of the shed stronger for longer. This also prevents damage to the roof and reduces unnecessary maintenance.
Benefits of pent sheds
Pent styles differ from apex in that they have one single sloped roof. This makes them suitable for storing smaller or medium-sized equipment. The design is also suited if you need to restrict the height of your shed, either due to neighbouring properties or to match the overall look and feel of your garden.
The slightly angled roof on a pent shed allows water to flow freely away from the shed. You can easily add your own guttering to your pent shed which will divert rainwater to a water butt.