Frequently Asked Questions About Skillion Roofs

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A skillion is a roofing style with one flat slope. Also known as a shed roof, lean-to roof, mono-pitched roof, or pent roof, this single slope covering is the perfect choice for those who prefer a minimalistic design.

Where did the skillion roof design come from?

The general consensus is that skillion designs appeared as part of Australian architecture in the mid-20th century. With its signature single slope, the skillion differs from the classic flat roofs popular in the 1950s.

What are the characteristics of a skillion roof?

Skillions have been used in sheds and other industrial buildings in Australia for many years now. The design has evolved with the addition of new ideas and trends that still keep homes safe while giving them a remarkable visual appeal. At Hunter Patios & Additions we think skillion roofs can be an excellent option. Here are the advantages:

  • A steep pitch that allows water drainage.
  • Used an extension roof.
  • A lengthy, steep slope provides more sunlight.
  • Expanded upper part of roof’s exterior.
  • Customisable with eco-friendly insertions such as skylights or solar panels.

Can a skillion function as a standalone roof?

Sometimes, people add a smaller skillion roof to be more creative. The height of this added skillion is lower than their existing roof and is used as a standalone roof most of the time.

What are skillion roofs made of?

Skillion roofs can be made from a variety of materials. A skillion patio, to be specific, can be crafted using aluminium composite panels, polycarbonate roofing or fully insulated roofing in latticework, overlapped or panel designs.

What are the advantages of a skillion roof?

Skillion roofs offer plenty of advantages, from durability and affordability to privacy. Here’s why you should consider building a skillion roof:

  • Improved water-drainage
  • Easy to build
  • Modern, clean design
  • Simple and elegant
  • Competitively priced
  • Sustainable and eco-friendly
  • Effective heating and cooling
  • Dramatic roof design
  • Privacy
  • Durability.

Improved water-drainage

Skillion roofs are more effective than flat roofs when it comes to draining water. Its steep slope allows water to run off faster than with flat roofs, preventing homeowners from experiencing drainage problems. This also helps to ensure that your roof does not leak or initiate the build-up of mould and moisture. In addition, the skillion roof design makes it easy to collect rainwater. This feature that is both sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Easy to build

Unlike other roofs, you only need a few parts to build a skillion. Its single slope doesn’t require a lot of materials to build, which can save time and money. However, this is no reason to attempt a DIY job. Building a skillion roof requires experience, so it is best to leave it to the experts. If you are interested in putting up a skillion roof at your property, contact the team here at Hunter Patios & Additions.

Modern, clean design

The skillion roof is popular amongst admirers of modern home design. Its simple appearance and modern and clean design give it an attractive, minimalist appearance and, with a variety of design options available, a skillion will complement your landscaping ideas.

Simple and elegant

A skillion roof’s elegance comes from its flat surface and clear edges. This simple design easily attracts the attention of passers-by and can be the envy of your neighbourhood.

Competitively priced

Because of its single slope, a skillion roof requires fewer materials and is faster to build. This makes it ideal for those who need a new roof sooner but with a limited budget.

Sustainable and eco-friendly

With its steep slope, a skillion roof is great for collecting rainwater. The sloping angle also makes it an excellent choice for installing solar panels, helping you save on your electricity bills. This type of roof can also incorporate skylights that provide natural lighting during the day., which reduces your energy consumption a little more.

Effective heating and cooling

A skillion roof lets in more natural light, which helps regulate the temperature in your home. It allows more area for the sun to warm your home and protect it from getting too cold during the winter months.

Dramatic roof design

The sweeping steep line of the skillion roof is sure to bring attention to your home from the street. The rising ceiling inside your home, on the other hand, will be a conversation piece for dinner parties and get-togethers.


Having a neighbour’s house built too close to your home can be disconcerting. You can use a skillion roof to effectively block out viewpoints into your home. This can be done by positioning the steep gradient of the roof down towards your neighbours who have built their house close to yours. Clerestory windows, windows placed above eye level, can provide ample ventilation and natural light to your room whilst still maintaining your privacy.


Skillion roofs have a longer lifespan compared to gable and other ordinary flat roofs. That is because they are made from high quality and durable materials. Make sure you choose materials that effectively resist water and extreme temperature changes.

What are the disadvantages of a skillion roof?

Skillion roofs have many advantages, but they are not for everyone. Skillions do not offer:

Attic space

The skillion roof’s large, steep slope does not leave any room for an attic. So, if you need an extra bedroom or storage space and are considering designing an attic, the skillion roof is not a good option for you.

Resistance to high winds

Like hip and gable roofs, skillion roofs are prone to damage during cyclones or strong winds. Nonetheless, building more slopes will help make the entire roof resistant. If you wish to install a stronger windproof skillion, make sure to contact Hunter Patios & Additions.

Contact Hunter Patios & Additions for Skillion roof installation

A Skillion roof could be just the solution your home needs. At Hunter Patios & Additions, we have plenty of ideas to add value to your home – and the experience to make them happen. We have been in the building industry for more than 25 years, so you know you’re in good hands.

Take a look at our services to find something that appeals to you. Then email us at info@hunterpatios.com.au or call us on (1300) 780 698 or (02) 4966 8488 for further enquiries. Alternatively, click here to send us an online message and we will be happy to help.

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