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Old 06-16-2011, 02:35 PM   #1
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Default Best way to vent a 12x16 shed

I am here in Austin Tx and was wondering what is the best way to vent a shed I am building. Sides and roof aren't up yet. I was looking for ideas. Ridge cap, the spinning vent thing, or just vents on the sides? The shed will house car parts, x-mas crap, close, camping stuff, the push mower, etc...

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Old 06-16-2011, 02:48 PM   #2
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Most people around here just stick a gable vent in each end. I'm not sure what the exact name of them are. They might be designed for the soffit, but alot of people use them on the sheds. They are aluminum and have window screen on the backside to keep the insects out.
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:44 PM   #3
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I had those on my last shed and they seemed to work pretty good. Here is what I was looking at though.

http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Residenti...id-Vent-2.aspx


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdYsA3F20Eo
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:13 PM   #4
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdYsA3F20Eo

Oh my, I can't believe GAF used that for advertising. At 3:24, did you see that shingle that was bowed up ?

I used some Owens-Corning ridge vent on the house garage when I built it. It was a roll not rigid link your top link. To use that ridge vent, you'll need some soffit vents, are you going to have room for them in the eaves ?
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Oh my, I can't believe GAF used that for advertising. At 3:24, did you see that shingle that was bowed up ?

I used some Owens-Corning ridge vent on the house garage when I built it. It was a roll not rigid link your top link. To use that ridge vent, you'll need some soffit vents, are you going to have room for them in the eaves ?
the sheds I have looked at lowes and home depot vents down low on the sides. would that work?
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:02 PM   #6
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My 10x12 has a 5' ridge vent on the roof along with 2 soffit vents (one mounted up high on the left wall and one mounted at floor level on the right wall.
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the sheds I have looked at lowes and home depot vents down low on the sides. would that work?
It won't vent the hot air if they are only on the bottom. One low and one on the opposite side up high would be best.
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the sheds I have looked at lowes and home depot vents down low on the sides. would that work?
Along with the ridge vent, it should work.
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I used ridge venting and a gable vent (I just have one gable) and vented bird blocking in all rafter spaces under the overhangs. It vents very well.

This is the ridge vent I used....

http://www.cor-a-vent.com/v300.cfm

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There is a measurable difference in temperature between a building with a wind turbine vent and one with a ridge vent. The wind turbine will be cooler.

BTW, I am between Ft. Worth and Hillsboro and work for a shed company.
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I have gable vents in my shed and its amazing the hot air you can feel coming out of the vents on some days. I've been tempted to find small solar powered fan to add to one end to give it a boost.
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It won't vent the hot air if they are only on the bottom. One low and one on the opposite side up high would be best.
My shed directions say to put the vent on the left upper side of the shed and then on the back lower wall towards the floor. I have a spare vent, Could I add two upper vents, one on each side (left and right) and then keep the lower vent where they recommend?

Would there be any downfall to having two upper vents and one lower vent?
All three are passive. I can't do ridge vents due to the type of shed I have it's only a single sided roof.

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on the high side you want the vent, which will likely be right over the door, problem with this is the door itself will leak air on most sheds, I would almost say you want two bottom and one top to increase the odds it draws from the low away side. how big a shed and vents are we talking?
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Two high vents and one low vent will work better for getting the hot air out.
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Default Re: Best way to vent a 12x16 shed

This is what the shed looks like, not a typical design:



This is how they have the one vent on the upper left:


But I figured put one how they have it on the left, and the same on the upper right. Then putting the 3rd vent on the lower back right corner of the shed like they have in the instructions.

Can't really do any type of roof vents because of how the roof is not your typical A frame... so I figure this little guy will probably get hotter in the summer. 10'width by 7.5' in depth. Front most peak is 9' which tapers down to 6' in the rear of the roof.

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