Summer house roofing

When it comes to roofing choices for your summer house, there are several options to consider.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore different roofing materials and their advantages, helping you make an informed decision for your summer house project. 

At Trade Warehouse, we supply a range of materials which are ideal for summer houses, including composite cladding (plain and woodgrain finishes available), fibre cement cladding, corrugated sheets and also stylish bricks!

Composite cladding garden room

The images above show a range of summer houses completed using composite cladding supplied by Trade Warehouse

Our customer above used the fibre cement for cladding, and the prelaq mica tile effect metal roof sheets on the roof. How nice!

Corrugated sheets on a summerhouse

Another customer using the anthracite corrugated roof sheets on their summer house.

Roof Pitch: Finding the Perfect Fit

The angle or slope of your summer house roof plays a significant role in determining the type of roofing material that suits your needs.

Different materials are suitable for various roof pitches, so it's important to consider this factor during the planning stages of your project.

Aesthetic Quality: Enhancing Your Summer House's Appeal

The appearance of your summer house is crucial, so you want to choose a roofing material that aligns with your desired aesthetic.

We'll explore options that offer visual appeal, from tile effect sheets to cedar wood shingles, ensuring your summer house stands out in style.

Maintenance: Ensuring Long-Term Performance

Maintaining your summer house roof is essential for its longevity. Different roofing materials require varying levels of maintenance.

Let's explore the top roofing options for your summer house, considering their advantages and characteristics:

Synthetic Roof Tiles - Affordable and Easy to Install

Roofing felt, in the form of synthetic roof tiles, offers a cost-effective choice for constructing roofs in summerhouses.

These tiles mimic the appearance of traditional materials like slate or shingles and require minimal maintenance.

While they may not be the most aesthetically pleasing option, they provide a practical and budget-friendly solution.

Corrugated Metal Panels - Durability and Industrial Aesthetics

Box profile roofing sheets, made of galvanised steel, are known for their durability and low-maintenance properties.

With various colours and finishes to choose from, these metal panels provide a modern design aesthetic that adds industrial charm to your summer house. We can get these delivered directly to you, in about 7-10 working days.

Roof Sheets with a Tile-Like Appearance - Visual Appeal and Easy Installation

For those seeking a visually stunning aesthetic, tile effect sheets are an excellent choice (see above a customer example). These sheets imitate the appearance of traditional clay tiles but offer the convenience of easy installation. Made with colour-coated steel, they provide durability while maintaining a visually appealing roof design.

Durable Roofing Shingles - Natural Charm and Insulation

Cedar shingles bring a touch of natural charm and rugged beauty to your summer house roof.

While their installation process may be time-consuming, the end result is worth it.

Key point: Cedar shingles offer excellent insulation properties and complement the surrounding environment seamlessly.

Eco-Friendly Green Roofs - Enhancing Sustainability and Air Quality

Green roofs, also termed "living roofs," present a unique and environmentally beneficial approach to modern roofing. These innovative structures integrate live vegetation, such as plants and grass, directly into their design. This integration not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the buildings but also contributes positively to the environment. The presence of greenery on these roofs plays a significant role in purifying the air. It helps absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, thereby improving the overall air quality in the surrounding area.

Moreover, green roofs have been shown to improve energy efficiency in buildings. They act as natural insulators, reducing the need for heating in colder months and cooling in warmer months. This results in lower energy consumption and, consequently, reduced utility costs.

Despite these advantages, green roofs come with their own set of requirements and challenges. One of the primary considerations is the need for regular maintenance. Unlike traditional roofing materials, living roofs require ongoing care to ensure the health and growth of the plants. This maintenance might include watering, fertilising, and periodic weeding.


Choosing the right roofing material for your summer house is a crucial decision that impacts both its aesthetic appeal and long-term performance.

By considering factors like roof pitch, aesthetic quality, and maintenance requirements, you can find the perfect roofing choice that meets your needs. Whether you opt for synthetic roof tiles, corrugated metal panels, tile effect sheets, cedar shingles, or green roofs, each option offers unique advantages for your summer house project.

Make an informed decision and enjoy a beautiful and functional roof for your summer retreat.


  1. What factors should I consider when choosing a roofing material for my summer house?

    Factors to consider include roof pitch, aesthetic quality, and maintenance requirements.

  2. Are synthetic roof tiles a cost-effective option for summerhouse roofs?

    Yes, synthetic roof tiles offer an affordable choice and require minimal maintenance.

  3. Can I achieve a visually stunning aesthetic with tile effect sheets?

    Yes, tile effect sheets imitate the appearance of traditional clay tiles and provide a visually appealing roof design.

  4. Are cedar shingles a good choice for insulation in summerhouses?

    Yes, cedar shingles offer excellent insulation properties and add natural charm to your summer house roof.

  5. What are the benefits of green roofs for summerhouses?

    Green roofs enhance sustainability, improve air quality, and provide an aesthetically pleasing roofing option. Regular maintenance and a strong foundation are required for green roofs.

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