The choice of whether to add a roof to your container or not is made up of both personal preference for the style and also the cost. However, in the long run installing a roof and insulating it could save you money in energy bills.
Because hot air rises, the majority of the heat lost in your home will be due to it escaping through your roof. The advantages of using a shed style roof are that it is extremely cheap and very simple to build.
On each side of the container roof attach a wooden beam into the steel plates. This professional engineer will be able to advise you about the exact load bearing requirements needed for your roof.
This figure varies regionally as it takes into account natural stresses imposed on your roof such as rain, wind and snow loads. This will allow air to pass through the roof and avoid heat traps and condensation which causes rust. On each side of the container roof attach a wooden beam into the steel plates. Next, screw your trusses into these wooden beams and the roof’s basic structure is starting to take shape. A flat roof, which the shipping container already has, can be adequate for some people’s needs. If you decide not to roof your containers, a quick safety barrier should be installed.
Lay a tarpaulin sheet onto the roof of the container and overlay this with rolls of asphalt. The live load is the weight of any equipment and people who work to install the roof. The transient load is all of the natural stresses placed upon the roof such as rain, wind, and snow. For instance, certain areas prone to high winds will need roofs with additional bracing for the trusses.