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What type of shed is right for me? Apex vs Pent vs Potting Shed


If you’ve opted for a beautiful wooden shed, you’re in the right place. But now we’re asking you: Apex Shed, Pent Shed or Potting Shed?

So let’s talk about design.

There are three main designs of shed which you are most likely familiar with. 

  1. Apex Shed
  2. Pent Shed
  3. Potting Shed

These are determined by the shape of the roof and the design of the building.

This may be a simple decision for you in terms of how you prefer it to look. But you may want to dig a little deeper to make sure you choose the design that’s fit for your purposes.

Let’s dig in…

What is an Apex Shed?

The Apex shed comes with a traditional A frame-shaped roof. As you can see from the image, it comes to a gorgeous peak in the middle. A is for Apex.

If it is additional height space you need, for example, to store tall items, then the Apex shed is perfect for this purpose.

The Apex shed will give you more overall space to work with compared to a Pent Shed.

Pitch is important on this roof to allow rainwater to fall away effectively. The steeper the pitch (what we call a high pitch) the quicker rain gets off your shed. This is especially important for wooden sheds as you don’t want rainwater hanging around. Wood is a sucker for and of water which causes damage to your shed.

You’ll find as Apex sheds get larger, the steep becomes flatter (a lower pitch). This is to avoid planning regulations. However, with a lower pitch, it’s harder for rainwater to move and drain off your shed.

We opt for a 26° high pitch and an 18° low pitch.

A side-by-side comparison of two Gillies and Mackay Apex timber sheds, showing the high pitch on one roof and the low pitch on the other.
The natural wood shed has a higher pitch than the blue shed.

The larger your shed, the more robust the roofing material you’ll need. Steel Box Profile or corrugated steel roofing is ideal.

Apex sheds are great in any space. They’re perfect standing tall and gorgeous on their own in your garden, or in a wee secluded corner.

What is a Pent Shed?

The Pent Shed is a shed with a sloping roof. One side of the shed will be where the high side is and the opposite side will be the low side.

Pent sheds are ideal if you want something that is a bit more discreet. They are perfect for fitting into tighter spaces, placing along the side of the house, sitting flush near walls, if you have concerns about height, pleasing neighbours or if you’re looking for that geometrical neatness. 

The other bonus with a Pent Shed is that the highest point of the building is against one wall. Unlike an Apex, where the highest point is in the middle, you can easily store tall items in a Pent shed while maximising the rest of the space. This makes a Pent ideal for bikes and larger items.

The pitch on a pent shed has to have balance. Ideally, we’d like to have a high pitch on this to allow the rainwater to get off fast. However, the higher the pitch – the higher the shed is. It must meet the planning regulation height of 2.5m.

Not to mention the higher the pitch – the dafter it looks.

So we have to opt for a low pitch at 9°. This is where roofing material is important.

The Gillies & Mackay Pent Story

We have experimented with Pent Roof pitches over the years and opted for a 9° pitch which we find is most effective.

What wasn’t working was the use of felting on these styles of roofs. We found that using felt was not allowing water to drain away effectively from the buildings and oor #Sheddies were having constant issues with water ingress

We changed the standard roofing on our Pent Sheds to Steel Box Profile roofing and added a bit of an overhang at the front and back to protect the shed from water.

The water now glides off the roof, the water ingress issues are erased and the result is a sexy-looking Pent Shed.

What’s the lesson? – If you opt for a pent shed and you want it to last make sure it has high-quality roofing materials.

What is a Potting Shed?

While a Potting Shed doesn’t have to follow any particular design it does need one thing: windows.

It’s possible to find Apex Potting Sheds or Pent Potting Sheds, but these garden workspaces need plenty of glass to let in as much sunlight as possible.

One main purpose of a Potting Shed is to keep plants warm and safe while it’s still too cold outside for them to thrive. Potting Sheds are for the gardeners to store all the tools and equipment they need to tend their pride and joy. Because of this, they often include benches and shelves for work and for storage. They’re also an excellent place to take a breather after all that weeding!

If you’re a gardener looking for a practical haven for your hobby and your seedlings, a Potting Shed is exactly what you need.

So, which Shed is right for you?

So there we have it: the story of the Apex, the Pent and the Potting Sheds. 

Having a little think about it upfront will help you choose the shed that is right for you. 

So, what will it be? Apex Shed, Pent Shed or Potting Shed?

Pretty and pointed?

Smooth and discreet?

A gardener’s dream?

You decide…

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