5 Durable, Affordable Roof Options for a Detached Garage

Asphalt shingle roofs
Asphalt shingles look nice, but don’t last nearly as long as metal roofing. (DepositPhotos)

4. Asphalt Shingles

If your garage is attached to your home, it likely has a similar roofline and should use the same roofing material as the rest of your home.

Likewise, if your detached garage has the same type of roofline as the rest of your home, its roofing needs to match the style and material.

Since asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing materials around, there’s a good chance this is what you’ll need to use.

Asphalt shingles come in a lot of colors and styles. They may last around 30 years on average, and they cost around $210 per square for basic shingles.


Clay tile roof
Clay tiles that are well maintained can last 100 years or more. (DepositPhotos)

5. Clay

Another option to consider for your detached garage is clay tiling — especially if you have a roof with a moderate pitch, and your home has a clay roof.

Expect a range of associated costs, but if you opt for a clay composite, you can find tiles for around $300 per square — this will let you match more expensive clay tiles on the home nearby for less.

Detached brick garage with a brown door
Clay tile roofs add character to any detached garage and can weather many storms. (DepositPhotos)

Well cared for, a clay-tile roof can last up to 100 years or more, but you will need to consider whether your garage roof can handle the tiles’ weight before moving forward.


Open two-car garage, seen from the street
Choose the garage roofing option that fits your budget and your home’s style. (DepositPhotos)

Protect Your Garage

A good roof is the first step to protecting a garage from the elements. A good roof will also help improve your property’s curb appeal, whether the garage is detached or not.

Consider these five options for a durable and budget-friendly roof for your garage, and make sure that your belongings get the protection they need.

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