3 Types of Temporary Roof Cover Compared

Need a temporary roof? There are many benefits to a protective roof for workers, working condition equipment and construction materials.

As well as choosing the scaffolding you’ll need to decide on the type of temporary roof you want to use.

There are a few options and they each have their own benefits and drawbacks. Roof cover options include:

  • Corrugated iron
  • Shrink wrap sheeting
  • Keder Roofing

1. Corrugated Iron

The traditional method for covering temporary roof scaffolding. A robust, tested and popular temporary roof solution. Metal iron sheets are overlapped like roof tiles to create what is commonly referred to as a “tin hat” roof.

When used correctly these metal sheets can be re-used on multiple jobs which is advantageous to many. However a key drawback is that they don’t let any light through and they are labour intensive to install, one by one.

Corrugated iron roofs have been going out of fashion for some time as more efficient, modern techniques become more popular.


  • Re-usable


  • Can be noisy as the sheets rattle in the wind and rain.
  • Labour intensive to install.
  • Doesn’t let light in.

2. Shrink Wrap Sheeting

Sheet wrap sheeting is a low-cost and quick material to install for a temporary roof. It offers good rain protection which is arguably better than corrugated iron. It offers a clean and smart appearance which can continue seamlessly down the sides of the structure. And lastly shrink wrap can is flexible to the size and shape of scaffolding structure so it’s highly adaptable.

This option isn’t going to suit every construction project; Typically however it’s most suited to smaller or more complicated temporary roofs; however it is certainly fair to say that it’s becoming more and more popular amongst construction workers and scaffolders.

Not only is shrink wrap quick to install but it is also much quicker than iron sheeting and similar to dismantle. It can simply be cut off into sections to be recycled.


  • Low cost
  • Quick to install and dismantle
  • Adaptable to awkward scaffolding


  • May not suit large scaffolding structures

3. Keder Roofing Systems

An increasingly popular type of temporary roof cover involving aluminium beams. The system is flexible, lightweight and economical; it can be assembled quickly and re-used, with a typical lifespan of 15 years. What’s more Kefer roofs offer a modern and visually appealing look to your construction project.

Manufacturer Layher argues: “Keder roofing systems are one of the most versatile and configurable prefabricated weather protection systems available”.

The system has a small number of truss and bracing components so it provides noticeable savings in build time and labour costs.

How it works:

Aluminium beams of 1.5m – 3m (typically) in length are fitted together and sheeting is then pulled through tracks in the beams.


  • Can be easily opened to allow crane access
  • Can be re-positioned easily as needed
  • Lightweight


  • Can be expensive
  • Not as adaptable as sheet wrapping

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