You can save a lot of money if you use salvaged materials for your tiny house, but roofing materials shouldn't be in that list. When you choose new roofing materials, you should consider several options. You can choose from a traditional shingle or a quick-to-install roll of roofing. You get what you pay for, so that has to be one of the considerations in comparison to the roof's durable features versus that price tag.

Cedar Shakes or Shingles: Cedar is durable, energy-efficient, and resistant to severe storms. It is beautiful whether it is in its original color or its rustic silver/gray tone. It does require maintenance. As with any wood roof, you will want to have the cedar treated with a preservative to limit the growth of fungi, moss, and mold. Treatments can also be offered in the form of a flame retardant. Shakes are thicker than shingles.

Roll Roofing: If you are on a limited budget, you can choose roll roofing for your tiny house. It is one layer and can be installed quickly with a few basic homeowner skills and tools. It is available with a peel-and-stick adhesive backing or a nail down type. However, it might not be a good choice if your home is located in an area that is known for windy circumstances.

Metal Roofing: Metal does have a 95% recycle count and can weigh under ½ pound per square foot. If you choose metal, you need to have a 3:12 roof pitch. A pitch is how the steepness of the roof is measured.

The Tiny House Crew Speaks

The Tiny House crew didn't like metal roofing even though it is durable, wind-resistant, eco-friendly, and can be purchased in a variety of colors. The crew didn't choose the traditional asphalt shingles because they aren't-wind resistant, and the wood shingles and shakes required regular maintenance.

Ondura 3D Shingles: The Tiny crew investigated the system with its 50% recycled fibers made of cardboard and paper. It is saturated with asphalt but is more affordable and lighter in weight and equally durable. You don't need to worry about scratches as you would with metal. It is also wind-resistant with its overlapping ribs.

When you begin the designing process, you need to consider the materials used on the roof. If you have a home with a low pitch roof, you need to choose a material the can also provide proper ventilation. You also must consider how well the panels are held together in a tiny house. You want the home to be wind-resistant, and that will probably include interlocking pieces-- not just overlapping. Visit to learn more.