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Roofing Solutions for Tiny Homes

Updated on:
December 27, 2023
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Space is at a premium throughout the world, more so in the urban areas. Those who live in small homes or just completing one will naturally want to find innovative ways to maximize the space. You will want a solution to utilize the maximum available space in your home. Fortunately, a roofing solution can be very handy here. There are many types of roofs you can select from and many of them can be perfect for a tiny home.

There are several other solutions too. For example, you can install a roof deck that will maximize your outdoor living space. It can come in different sizes and shapes. The roof deck will give you a great view of the surrounding area and also increase the value of your home. Plus, the deck will also improve the air quality. You may also consider building a rooftop dining room. Of course, this can be done only if you have a flat roof.

You can also maximize the space and value of your home by selecting the right kind of roofing. It can be a unique solution or a traditional one like a shingled roof.

Here are the different roofing options for tiny homeowners that want to maximize space and value –

  1. Flat Rubber Roofs

This roofing solution is extremely popular for small homes. The roof can be installed easily, it is durable, and cheap. A flat rubber roof will last for many years and it is also low-maintenance. So, if you are thinking of a roof that will give your home the protection you want and won’t pinch your pocket, then you can safely opt for this. It will withstand hail and wind without causing any damage.

Plus, flat rubber roofing is also fire-resistant, which will give your home more protection in an emergency. You will be able to install it easily too. In fact, many homeowners can do it themselves – so, no need to hire a contractor. It will save you money.

  1. Shingled Roofs

Shingled roofs are also very popular for small homes. They are usually made of fiberglass or asphalt and give your home a classic look. They can also be installed easily and are easy to maintain. But, shingles won’t last as long as they are not as durable as flat rubber roofs. Typically, you will have to replace the roofing in 15-20 years. Flat rubber roofing, on the other hand, may last for 50 years. Shingled roofs also require periodic cleaning.

Also, there may be an additional cost towards replacing your asphalt shingle roof window. This window replacement cost estimator will give you an accurate idea of the likely cost. Decide whether its advantages outweigh the additional cost of replacing the asphalt shingle roof window.

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  1. Metal Roofs

This is a unique option for a tiny home. These roofs are usually made from steel or aluminum, and as a result, the roof will be extremely durable. It will easily last for several years if you take good care. Your home will also get a modern look. However, metal roofs too have a drawback. Installing this will cost you more money. So, you must budget correctly if you want to go ahead and install a metal roof for your home.

Metal roofs are best installed by professionals. This is not a DIY project. These roofs can also be noisy, especially in a rainstorm. Hail hitting the roof will cause a lot of noise. So, if you are noise sensitive, then it is best that you avoid this type of roofing.

  1. Solar Roofs

These roofs are environmentally friendly and as a result, you will save money towards your energy bill. They work very well for tiny homes too as you must install more solar panels in large homes, which will cost you more. So, it makes sense. The solar roofs are low-maintenance and durable.

When installing the panels, ensure that your home will get adequate lighting. Best, get an expert to guide you. The person can tell you how many panels you will need, depending on your overall energy requirement and the size of your home. Of course, this roofing will work only in those areas that receive adequate sunlight. It may not be best for you if your area gets a lot of rainy days. Also, remember, you must clean the roofing periodically and ensure that there is no build-up of debris and dirt.

  1. Thatched Roofs

This is a more traditional type of roof. Usually made of grass, reeds, or straw, this roof gives the home a rustic look. They work very well for small homes. The roof is durable and will last for a long time. But the maintenance cost can be high compared to other materials. This is its main drawback. You will have to get rid of the old straws and replace them with new ones periodically to ensure that the roof doesn’t leak. The material cost will also be higher, which is another negative side of this roofing.

You may also consider adding a thatch layer over your solar or metal roof to give it extra insulation. This will also add to the protection. You can consider doing this if you have severe weather frequently in your place.

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  1. Concrete Roofs

Concrete is a widely used construction material. It is thus an obvious choice for the roofing. Concrete will give you strength. It is fire resistant, water resistant, and can also be soundproof. It is easily available, which is another reason why it is so popular. You will now find concrete in many textures and finishes and it works for both sloped and flat roofs.

When you use concrete, you can easily build a roof deck and even add a room to maximize space.

  1. Clay and Terracotta Roofs

Terracotta tiles have been used for a long time because the raw material, which is clay, is easily available. You will find small homes everywhere in the world with terracotta roofs. A protective coating and sealant will make the roof heat and water-resistant. But the material is not strong enough. There can also be concerns about pest infestation and security.

There are other roofing options too. You can go for photovoltaic shingles, laminated shingles, membrane, slate, polycarbonate sheets, and plastic sheets. Many of them will work for tiny homes. You may even use textile, particularly for balconies. Give it a good thought before you decide on the type of roof you want to install, especially if you want to find ways to maximize space in your small home.


So, as we wrap up this roofing adventure for tiny homes, it's clear: there's a whole world of possibilities up there! From the reliability of flat rubber roofs to the cozy allure of thatched options, you've got a lot of choices to explore.

But it's not just about keeping the rain out; it's about making your little haven shine! Happy roofing, tiny home aficionados!

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